A warm welcome and a helping hand to anyone researching their roots in Suffolk, land of the southern folk.


Members Interests

Posted by K Pulford on Thu, 28th Feb 2019

Members can now update their research interests on line from the members interests menu. If you log in to the members area you will see your name as the top item on the Members Area menu. If you click on this it will take you to a dialogue which allows you to update your details and on there is a link to the members interests update page as shown below.

Once you click on the link it will open up a dialogue which lists your existing research interests. From this you can edit an interest , delete one or even add a new one. The dialogue looks like the following.

Good editing.

Bury Record Office Talks for March

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 20th Feb 2019

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Exchange Journals

Posted by K Pulford on Sun, 17th Feb 2019

We have now arranged with some family history societies to make their journals available to our members. These are mostly from Australian and New Zeland and contain fascinating articles about settlement as well as more general articles on family history rsearch.

The journals which we have so far been made available are from the following societies:

  • The Society of Australian Genealogists

  • Richmond-Tweed Family History Society Inc. Ballina NSW Australia

  • The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc.

  • Queensland Family History Society Inc

  • New Zeland Family Tree

You can access these by logging into the members' area and clicking on the Exchange Journals link.

The list of available journals will be added to as time progresses and as we establish agreements with more societies.

We wish to thank our membership secretary, Andy Kerridge, for making the arrangements with the other societies.

Price of Certificates for England & Wales

Posted by Webmaster on Sat, 5th Jan 2019

Are you planning to buy any birth, marriage or death certificates in the near future?

The GRO are raising the price of a birth, marriage or death certificate for England & Wales on 16 February 2019 from £9.25 to £11.00. At the same time, the charge for the PDF version will rise from £6.00 to £7.00.

Therefore, now is the time to place any orders that you are planning and beat the price rise!

Suffolk Record Office Courses

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 2nd Jan 2019

Think about attending a record office course or talk to enhance your enjoyment of family history. Click on the image to get a larger image.

Society Members Get Prestigious Awards

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 19th Dec 2018

Four members of the Suffolk Family History Society were presented with awards by the mayor of Haverhill, Tony Brown, on behalf of Haverhill Council, in recognition and appreciation for outstanding dedication and commitment to the Haverhill Armistice 100 Commemorations. The mayor made a surprise visit to the Haverhill’s Group meeting, on 13th December to present awards to Brian Thompson, Charmian Thompson, Alan Bumpstead and Bryan Mills to the surprise and delight of everyone present. Brian and Charmian Thompson lead the Haverhill Group of the Suffolk Family History Society. Alan Bumpstead and Bryan Mills, are both members of our group, and their awards were for their support with the Royal British Legion, for Armistice 100 events

Brian and Charmian

Brian and Charmian Thompson with mayor Tony Brown

Alan Bumpstead with Mayor Tony Brown

Bryan Mills with Mayor Tony Brown

Brian and Charmian with the Haverhill Group, organised a number of events for the Armistice 100 celebrations marking the Centenary of the end of the Great War. Using a very generous grant from the Co-op Communities for use in education within schools, they arranged for two showings of the film 'Journey's End' for over 340 students and staff at the local Arts Centre.

Amongst the many other events that they were involved in was a display held throughout November entitled 'What did your Ancestor do during the Great War?' where members and friends of the group shared their discoveries.  In conjunction with this, an exhibition 'Haverhill in the Great War' was held in the Haverhill Arts Centre Studio. Local schools were invited to attend and over 120 students and staff came along to view the display and exhibition and to take part in various workshops which included learning a World War One marching song.

On Saturday 10th November, at the Old Independent Church, they hosted the ‘Haverhill Remembers – Lest We Forget’ event. The evening of music, words and images celebrated the Centenary of the end of the Great War. Members of Haverhill group were joined by the Haverhill Silver Band, Haverhill Singers, Operatic Society and Samuel Ward Academy Choir who took part in this memorable performance. The Group are extremely grateful to the Haverhill Town Council who supported the concert and the Arts Centre technical and backroom team who worked tirelessly throughout the day to ensure that there was lighting, sound and a recording of the whole event which was streamed live on Facebook.

To complement the events a silhouette for each of the 145 casualties named on the Haverhill memorial was placed in the windows of shops and business premises throughout the town centre.

In the spirit of trying to engage with other local groups they were pleased that they were able to encourage ‘Haverhill Rocks’ to produce some stunning painted rocks remembering the fallen during the Great War which were placed in strategic places throughout the town.

Brian and Charmian said that although they bore the responsibility of arranging these events they would like to empathise that without the commitment and help from group members none of the events could have taken place.

Beginners Palaeography Course

Posted by K Pulford on Fri, 14th Dec 2018

Book With Local Suffolk Family / History Interest

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 14th Nov 2018

Jonathan Porter has recently self-published his first book ‘Zero Hour Z Day,’ Operations between Maricourt – Mametz 1st July 1916, the opening day of The Battle of the Somme. 

 Zero Hour Z Day was a huge undertaking with 10 years of research (much in East Anglia) and 4years full time writing.  The work sets out to chronicle in greater detail than ever before the story of the successful assaults by 18th (Eastern) and 30th Divisions. The book seeks to determine why this success was attained, when so many other units along the front barely crossed No-Man's-Land.  I used previously unseen and new material and utilised untold accounts.  The book also includes over 650 bios and images of those who took part with many from Suffolk - Norfolk.  

As you will know 18th (Eastern) Division recruited mainly from East Anglia and as such contained many local regiments including the Suffolk and Norfolk Regiments. 

He self-published the book, which allowed him to regain control over the finished work.  Cutting out the middleman has allowed me to keep the price low for the huge size of book and number of colour illustrations.  The only disadvantage being I have to market and sell the book without the marketing power a publishing company would bring.

The work has been well received within the military history community and beyond and has achieved glowing reviews from several renowned military historians.  It has been described as the new benchmark for those studying the Somme battles. 

The book has achieved ‘book of the month’ in Britain at War magazine and has had number one position in The Western Front Association book reviews.

Due to the local connection this book will be of interest to some within socity's membership.  

The book is good quality, size A4, 512 pages, 150gsm silk, full colour throughout with ISBN number.

  • 512 pages (size A4) weighing 2.8kg.
  • 650 bios and images of the men who took part.
  • 79 colour maps.
  • 83 colour and b/w annotated aerial photographs.
  • 142 b/w photographs (many previously unpublished).
  • 41 colour photographs
  • 38 sketches.
  • Appendix of 125 gallantry awards.
  • A4 Hardback ISBN 978-0-9956911-0-0 £30.
  • A4 Soft-cover ISBN 978-0-9956911-1-7 £25.
  • Information, historical background & sample chapters available at www.zerohourzday.com

The book is exclusively available via his website www.zerohourzday.com on the buy a book page.  Alternatively email info@zerohourzday.com to pay by UK cheque.  All books are signed copies.  The website has pages covering historical information and has the capability to download several sample chapters.

 His efforts will make a positive contribution to the records of the Great War and particularly to the memory of the men from Suffolk and the wider East Anglia who served with 18th (Eastern) Division.

Latest Baptism Index CD

Posted by Webmaster on Sun, 11th Nov 2018

We are pleased to bring you another Baptism Index CD, this one covering Blackbourn Deanery baptisms between the years 1650 and 1753.

Blackbourn Deanery covers 33 parishes to the north of Bury St. Edmunds and bordering Norfolk and should be a great help to those with family roots there.

For details of each parish and the exact years covered, see Suffolk Parishes or purchase from our Shop where the CD is now available for £15.32 + p&p.

Our thanks to our dedicated team of helpers, mainly at the Suffolk Record Office Bury St Edmunds, for their dedicated work in bringing you this latest CD.

Latest Marriage Index CD

Posted by Webmaster on Thu, 27th Sep 2018

Our latest CD, now available, covers Fordham Deanery marriages between the years 1650 and 1753 and so should be great help to those with early ancestors in this NW corner of the county.

Fordham Deanery covers a large area bordering Cambridgeshire & Norfolk and it’s parishes including Newmarket (2) in the south and Mildenhall and Brandon in the north. For details of each parish and the available years* covered see Suffolk Parishes or visit our Shop where the CD is now available, price £10.00 + p&p

Our thanks to Pamela and her team of helpers, whose dedicated work on these often difficult to read early registers is much appreciated.