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


World Famous Suffolk

Posted by Geoffrey Dennish on Mon, 17th Oct 2016

That's the title of the theme for the next (December) issue of the society's quarterly journal "Suffolk Roots".

In addition to our usual wide-ranging coverage of all things genealogical, this is the issue in which to record your memories and experiences of the origins (and demise); the employees, products and services of companies based in Suffolk and their influence on the nation and the world.

Suffolk was home to many manufacturers the names of which were as well known internationally as they were at home. Engineering, Agriculture, Printing, Clothing, Brewing and Tobacco products were just a few of the industries based in Suffolk that made an enduring and  indelible mark.

The theme extends to cover some of the many famous entrepreneurs; artists and industrialists who were born in, made a home in, or were otherwise firmly associated with our county and who had national or international influence or respect.

Suffolk Roots invites you to help us to record personal experience of these world-famous companies and personalities - their achievements and failures; the hilarious or  tragic; the   remarkable innovations and the eccentric or amusing characters who were involved.

Ipswich built RS&J Portable engine
photographed in Sydney's Powerhouse museum
following a working life in New South Wales

Please send your articles - and illustrations where possible - to
Editor, Suffolk Roots, 12 Hall Rd, Stowmarket, IP14 1TN : or e-mail them to:- editor@suffolkfhs.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you shortly.

We are on the Road yet again !!

Posted by D A Howlett on Mon, 17th Oct 2016

Arthur Bird and Charles Fuller, will be representing the Society at the forthcoming Cambridge Family History Society Fair , this Saturday 22nd October at Girton Glebe Primary School, Girton, Cambridge CB3 0PN.  This will be an excellent opportunity to meet up with Arthur and Charles view our latest publications and swop stories.  For further information about the fair and the talks please visit CFHS website at www.cfhs.org.uk

The fair is open from 10.00am  to 4,00pm  we look forward to meeting you.

Cataloguing the Societies Library

Posted by K Pulford on Thu, 13th Oct 2016

Over the years the society has amassed a significant library of books, periodicals, transcriptions and birth briefs. These are held on open access at the Record Office in Ipswich. In the last year or so Alan Bumpstead, Arthur Bird and Doug Howlett have cataloged the collection and there is now a link to these new catelogues on the library page under the Society menu.

Whilst the items can be consulted at the record office they cannot be borrowed. However, members have a limited search service via the society's Librarian, Jean Licence.


New Trustees Appointed

Posted by D A Howlett on Wed, 5th Oct 2016

At our recent Annual General Meeting, Gwyn Thomas was re-elected to serve for a further three year period, and in additon we are pleased to announce that four further Trustees were appointed.

Joan Horton;  Joan has been chairperson of our West of London Group for many years.  Joan has a vast knowledge of family history and written many articles for family history related journals and books. 

Amanda Straderick; Amanda is an active member of our Lowestoft Group and has been minute writer at Trustees' and Group Coordinating Meetings.

Howard King; Howard is chairman of our Ipswich Group and has been very largely responsible for increasing the regular attendance at their monthly meetings, In addition he is responsible for publicising our Society in journals and on Radio Suffolk.

Kevin Pulford;  In addition to being chairman of our Bury St Edmunds Group, Kevin is a very active volunteer working with the Suffolk Record Office. Kevin has also worked with David Talmage (Webmaster) with the development of our "new look website"


Family Tree at the Fair

Posted by Geoffrey Dennish on Tue, 27th Sep 2016

Helen Tovey, Editor of Family Tree magazine, was amongst those attending the society's Annual Fair held at the University of Suffolk's Waterfront Building in Ipswich on 24th September.

Visitors to the fair had the opportunity to chat to Helen, a keen fellow family historian who also edits what is arguably the best and the longest established of the UK's current genealogy periodicals.

The magazine has recently been acquired from the company formed by its founding owners, Michael and Mary Armstrong, by the Warner Publishing Group, the production arm of which has for many years been the magazine's printer.

Helen spoke enthusiastically about the future of the publication under its new owner and it is clear that she and the company together have many exciting plans for the continued development of Family Tree.













Helen Tovey Editor of Family Tree                                               Dr. Maurice Gleeson MB

Also attending the fair were The Guild of One Name Studies and speaker Dr Maurice Gleeson MB. FamilyTreeDNA in conjunction with The GOONS were offering visitors to the fair opportunity to join their world-wide DNA database through a special-price DNA test option.

Dr Gleeson spoke fluently and entertainingly on the place of DNA analysis in current and future family history research and explained how the FamilyTreeDNA database is compiled and accessed, with careful regard to confidentiality.

Suffolk Family History Society wishes to thank all those who brought their society or company exhibits to the event and all those who visited the fair and contributed to its success.

Suffolk Records Office

Posted by Webmaster on Thu, 25th Aug 2016

Have you had a problem accessing the Suffolk Records Office? That could be because they have a new website!  This can be found on http://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/ .

The website has been available since May 2016, but has not been widely publicised. 

For those of you who are not familiar with the Suffolk Record Office, they collect and hold material that is relevant to the history of Suffolk. This includes the parish records, probate records, magistrates’ courts records, coroner’s and health authority’s records, manorial records, tithe records and church records (baptism, marriage etc). They also have available a large number of historic and modern Suffolk newspapers.

They have three records offices which are in Bury St. Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft. Details can be found on the new website. There will eventually be a link through suffolk.gov.uk, but use suffolkarchives to be sure of access.

Our website Help Forum is now launched

Posted by Geoffrey Dennish on Sun, 7th Aug 2016

As part of our aim to make this website more interactive with our members we are please to announce that we have launched our website "Help Form".  If you have a problem, which you have not been able to solve, one of our members might have that vital clue to help you progress wirh your research.  You can gain access to the Help Forum via the Members Area of the website.  Who knows, this might be the way to help you break down that "brickwall"

HLF Support for project "The Hold"

Posted by D A Howlett on Mon, 30th May 2016

We would like to congratulate the Suffolk County Council Record Office who recently announced that they have received inital support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project "The Hold: A Suffolk Archives Service for the 21st Century"

The project is a partnership with University Campus Suffolk and will be located on the university's north campus beside the historic waterfront.  The HLF award will help the venture to progress the plans and to apply for the full grant at a later date.  It is hoped that the project will be completed in 2019.


More Memorial Inscriptions Add to Members' Area

Posted by K Pulford on Mon, 23rd May 2016

Ten more parishes have been added to the searchable memorial inscriptions in the members' area. This is part of an ongoing exercise to index the MI transcripts made by members of the society over the years. The parishes added are Blythburgh, Botesdale Methodist, Brampton, Chilton, Covehithe, Henstead, Layham, Middleton, Reydon and Ringsfield.

These transcripts are important since the gravestones in many churchyards have been removed and these transcripts are one of the few records of the way our ancesters wanted to be remebered.

Access to these records is restricted to members who can log in under the members area menu when the Memorial Inscriptions item will be added to the menu. Members should note that they need to register with the web site using the register option under the members area menu. In registering you should use the email address you submitted as part of your membership application.

The indexing of the MIs is continuing and it is worthwhile regulary checking back to check on what is available.

New Baptism CDs

Posted by Webmaster on Fri, 22nd Apr 2016

We're pleased to announce the release of two CDs in our Baptism Index Series.

The two CDs are for Loes & Orford Deanery covering 40 parishes in the east of the county. The first covers the years 1754 to 1812 [BPI-13/P2] and the second covers 1813 to 1900 [BPI-13/P1].

Both are available for sale in our online shop or from the various fairs which we attend.