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


DNA : The Science explained

Posted by Geoffrey Dennish on Tue, 13th Sep 2016

An important and valuable feature of our Annual Fair on Saturday 24th September will be a talk by Dr Maurice Gleeson MB on the rapidly developing use of DNA analysis as a Family Historians' research tool.

The Fair is at The University of Suffolk, Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1QJ.

Dr Gleeson’s talk commences at 2.00pm and afterwards he will answer questions from the audience.

The Guild of One Name Studies will also be in attendance and, in addition to discussing visitors’ DNA analysis enquiries, they will offer - at special reduced prices - tests conducted by FamilyTreeDNA, a company specialising in DNA analysis for Genealogists. The FamilyTree DNA service includes providing links to anyone on their world-wide database sharing the client's DNA profile.

Visitors will also be able to submit written DNA queries to Susan Meates, author of the extensive article published in the current issue of Suffolk Roots. Susan’s replies will appear in the December issue of the journal.

The Fair is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Admission is Free – and there is ample free car parking immediately opposite the University Building. (For Sat-nav users, the Post Code for the car park is IP3 8AH).

SFHS Family History Fair and AGM

Posted by D A Howlett on Mon, 12th Sep 2016

Notice to all Members

A copy of the "Consolidated Balance Sheet and Statement of Financial Activities for the Year ended 31 March 2016", has been posted for inspection by members prior to being presented at the AGM on 24 September.  The AGM will be held at the University of Suffolk, (formally University Campus Suffolk), Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich, IP4  1QJ.  Access to the report can be gained by following the link on the Home Page of the Members Area.

Please note that the AGM will commence at 11.00am, the Trustees will be pleased to welcome as many members as possible to this years meeting.

SFHS - Family History Fair - News Update

Posted by D A Howlett on Fri, 2nd Sep 2016

We are pleased to announce that one of the our exhibitors at this years Family History Fair will be members from the popular monthly magazine, - Family Tree,

Helen Tovey, the editor will be attending and this will be your opportunity to "meet and talk to the editor" .  Helen is always interested in hearing her readers opinions about the Family Tree magazine. This will be your opportunity to the give her your views, and no doubt renew, or take out a subscription to this excellent journal.

 Helen Tovey   

  Why not meet up with the Family Tree team on www.family-tree.co.uk

 Remember make that date 24 September 2016  10.00am to 4.00pm UCS Ipswich IP4 1QJ

Admission is Free

Suffolk Family History Fair and AGM

Posted by D A Howlett on Mon, 29th Aug 2016

A MUST remember date is Saturday 24th September 2016, when we will be holding our

Suffolk Family History Fair and AGM.  As in recent years we holding the event at The Suffolk University, Waterfront Building Neptune Quay, Ipswich IP4 1QJ.

The formal AGM will commence at 11.00am .

As many of you know it will be my last AGM as Chairman, so it would be very pleasing to meet as many of our members who can make the journey.

This years theme is "Grow Your Roots" and we will have a selection of experts on hand for you to meet and help with your research. Our lecture will be given by Dr Maurice Gleeson on the subject on How DNA can assist the family historian.  The lecture will start at 2.00pm. 

Keep an watchful eye on the website as we will be announcing details of those who will be having stands at our fair

The fair will be open from 10.00 am to 4.00pm





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.

Help Available at Family History Open Day

Posted by K Pulford on Tue, 16th Aug 2016

Do you need help tracing your family history? Are you just starting out? Have you hit a brick wall? Wherever your ancestors came from there is help. Pop in to our free support session at the Haverhill Library where members of the local Haverhill group can offer expert guidance on Sat 10 Sept from 11am to 4pm.

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"


Posted by Geoffrey Dennish on Thu, 21st Jul 2016

Douglas Howlett will retire at the AGM on September 24th after six years as Chairman.

The Trustees would like to hear from any member volunteering to fill the vacancy or nominating another member who has agreed to be put forward.

SFHS in excellent shape, on a very sound financial footing and with a strong, enthusiastic management team, responsible for its day to day running, who will continue in office.

Applications should be made by September 22nd to any Trustee or alternatively by letter or email to the Secretary:-

Kenneth Finch, 65 Churchill Avenue, Ipswich, IP4 5DT

We are on the Road again

Posted by D A Howlett on Fri, 8th Jul 2016

Suffolk Family History Society will be on the road again, on the 23 July when we will be attending the Buckinghamshire FHS Fair.  The fair will be held, between 10.00am and 4.00pm at The Grange School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury HP21 7NH

This is always a popular event and If you are travelling to the fair, or live in the area, make sure you visit our stand and meet up with David Daldry and Arthur Bird, who are representing the Society and will be pleased to see you.

The Somme Remembered

Posted by Webmaster on Tue, 28th Jun 2016


Our Haverhill Group have combined with The Royal British Legion to commemorate 100th Anniversary of The battle of the Somme,  which commenced on the 1st July 1916.  Tributes and dispalys remembering those who perished will be held in St Mary's Church, Haverhill on the 1st-3rd July inc. between 10.00am - 3.00pm. 
 The tribute commences with a "blowing of the whistle" at 7.30am on the 1st July at the War Memorial in Haverhill Cemetery, followed by the unveiling of the "Wall of Poppies" at St Mary's Church at 9.30am.  At 11.00am on Saturday 2 July William Tyler will be giving a presentation entitled "The Somme - 100 years on".

I would encourage all members of the Society who live in and near to Haverhill to support this event which pays tribute to those brave men who fought in the bloodiest battle in British history when 20,000 troops were lost on the first day of the battle.

For further details please refer to the Haverhill Group page.