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


Articles for Suffolk Roots

Posted by Geoffrey Dennish on Fri, 13th Apr 2018

Those who may be still working on material for the society's journal should please ensure that it is sent to the Editor by the end of April if it is to be considered for publication in the June issue.

The theme for the June issue is Arts, Crafts and Pastimes and is intended to cover the skills our forbears acquired whether at work or in what little leisure time they had. Some crafts, trades and abilities were handed down from generation to generation while others led to notable accomplishments and products - some of which are still admired or in use today.

Was your ancestor perhaps involved with a building or artifact that still exists today or was yours traditionally a family of bakers or carpenters, for example? If so we would love to read your account of them and their lives

Next Volume of Suffolk Roots Added

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 11th Apr 2018

Last year we made previous volumes of the society's journal, Suffolk Roots, available on the members' area of the web site. The available editions now run from the first published edition up to 2014. In line with that policy we have now made volume 39 (2013/14)  available on the web site.

The text of the main articles are full searchable and linked to images of the relevant page where you can then scroll through the pages of the whole edition. The contents list of each volume is also available and this can also be clicked to get the relevant article. They can be found under the Members' Menu and Search Roots Journal.

We hope you enjoy looking through the old journals and reading the articles which may still be relevant and of interest. You might even find an article which mentions one of your ancestors.

Funding For New Suffolk Archive Service Approved

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 11th Apr 2018

Suffolk County Council has announced that the Heritage Lottery Fund has approved a grant of £10.3m to create a flagship heritage centre for Suffolk and transform access to the archives. The total cost of the project is expected to be £20m. The county council has pledged £5m for the building and the university, £1m. 

The Hold will offer a bespoke home for the majority of Suffolk’s unique archival collections, as well as state-of-the-art public facilities and teaching spaces for the University of Suffolk. It will provide exhibition space to show off some of the county's impressive achive items. The fund will also cover an outreach programme which will support activites across the county..

To read more fillow this link to Suffolk Archives web site.

Latest Baptism Index CD

Posted by Webmaster on Tue, 20th Feb 2018

Our latest CD, now available, covers Fordham Deanery baptisms between the years1650 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 £15.32 + p&p

Our thanks to all our team of helpers, mainly at the Suffolk Record Office Bury St Edmunds, whose dedicated work on these often difficult to read early registers is much appreciated.

Putting Flesh on the Bones of our Ancestors

Posted by K Pulford on Tue, 6th Feb 2018

At Suffolk Record Office at Bury St Edmunds, a 5 week course which starts Thurs 22 Feb 2018 10:00 a.m.  Cost £37.50

The Suffolk Record Office is offering this course to help you enhance your enjoyment and understanding of your family history. It is being given by Sarah Doig who is well know to many of our members. There are still places available on the course.

A series of five workshops given by experienced family and local history researcher, Sarah Doig. In each session, Sarah will delve into the wealth of fascinating sources of information which provide details of our ancestors, their lives and the places they inhabited. So, if you are either a newcomer to family history, a more experienced user of archives who wants to learn more, or interested in exploring information about the house or locality you live in, these talks are for you.

Proposed Closure of the Lowestoft Record Office

Posted by K Pulford on Mon, 5th Feb 2018

Many people will have seen or at least have heard of the “round robin” email dated 10 January 2018 sent on behalf of Councillor Tony Goldson, who holds Suffolk County Council “The Heritage Portfolio”, (which includes the Suffolk Record Office),

The email was entitled

“Changes to the Record Office service in the east of the county”

The email addressed to “Dear Stakeholder”
It informed the reader that the SRO services in Lowestoft Office would be “condensed”.     
(A euphemism for providing an unmanned “Access Point”.).
Not surprisingly this email has caused fury and a backlash amongst family and local historians and like minded groups in and around the Lowestoft area.
In the current stringent economic climate we understand and have sympathy with the need of SCC to, as stated in Mr Goldson’s email, “fill the budget gap of £56m by 2021”. 
However the Society owes it to its members to challenge this decision and to exert whatever influence we might have to seek assurances from the SRO that a useful and meaningful presence is maintained in Lowestoft.


D A Howlett

Nursing Family History Workshop

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 24th Jan 2018

Please see below the email received from Molly Fennelly, Royal College of Nursing Library and Heritage Centre about their Family History Day

I thought you would like to know about our family history day on the 10th of February.  

“Mummy, what did you do in the war?” will feature a mixture of talks and practical sessions focusing on how to research your Great War family history.

“Mummy, what did you do in the war?”

Nursing Family History Workshop

Sat 10th February 2018

10:00 – 17:00


Find out how to research your Great War family history, with a focus on nursing and VAD stories. The day will feature a mixture of talks and practical sessions, from exploring nursing records online to creative writing and family history. Speakers include family history expert Kirsty Gray, nurse and poet Molly Case, and Dick and Lisa Robinson, who will talk about Dick's great aunt, First World War nurse Edith Appleton.

Lunch and tea and coffee is included in the ticket price.

To read more, or book a space, see our Eventbrite page. https://nursingfamilyhistory.eventbrite.co.uk

Tickets are £8, but we would like to offer your members a discounted price of £7 with the code FHS2018.


Latest Marriage Index CD

Posted by Webmaster on Sun, 14th Jan 2018

We are pleased to announce the second in our series of marriage indexes for 1650-1753. This is for Blackbourn Deanery (BPI-MI/11).

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, working at Suffolk Record Offices or from homes around the country and overseas, whose hard work have made this possible.

Blackbourn Marriage Index

Suffolk Man Awarded OBE in New Year Honours

Posted by K Pulford on Tue, 2nd Jan 2018


It is with pleasure that we can announce that SFHS member, Roy Tricker has been awarded the Officer of the British Empire in the New Year's Honours list for services to Heritage. He is an enthusiastic historian of Suffolk Churches and has written many books on the subject.

Latest Baptism Index CD

Posted by Webmaster on Mon, 18th Dec 2017

We’re pleased to announce the second of our CDs of Dunwich Deanery baptisms. This one for ‘phase 2’ spans the years 1754*-1812* and fills an important gap in our records for the NE of the county.

Dunwich Deanery covers a large area and, for phase 2, comprises 47 Anglican parishes centred in an arc around the ancient port of Dunwich from Benacre in the north to Cratfield in the west and Aldringham in the south. For details of each parish and the available years* covered see Suffolk Parishes or visit our Shop where the CD is now available, price £15.32 + p&p.

Our thanks to all our dedicated helpers, working at Suffolk Record Offices or from homes around the country and overseas, who’ve made this possible.


Dunwich Baptisms 1754-1812