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Suffolk Family History Society 40th Anniversary Celebratory Reception

The Society was formed in Lowestoft in 1975 when a group of likeminded enthusiasts joined together for what was in essence a self-help group for the study of genealogy. The Trustees of the Society have decided that it is appropriate that the work undertaken by our founders should be celebrated and the Trustees would very much like to invite members only to join us at our

40th Anniversary Celebratory Reception
to be held on
4th July 2015
Needham Market Community Centre
Needham Market
Suffolk IP6 8BB

The reception will be held between 12.00 noon - 4.00pm

This informal reception is the trustee’s expression of thanks for the help and support given by so many to the Society.

Please note that we have been restricted in numbers so if you would like to attend please EMAIL our membership secretary to record your interest.


Admission registers for some 165 National Schools right across the county from Lakenheath to Lowestoft and Eye to East Bergholt are now searchable on Find My Past.

Each record between 1870 and 1914 comprises a transcript and a colour image of the original register with a range of information varying from school to school.

For details of the schools and years covered click here.

Access to FMP is free at Libraries and Record Offices in Suffolk and some other counties.
(added 1 Jun 2015)


Blackbourn Deanery (1812-1900) We're pleased to announce the latest CD in our Baptism Index Series:

Blackbourn Deanery 1813*-1900* [BPI-08/P1]. Covering 34 Anglican parishes to the north & north-east of Bury St Edmunds up to the Norfolk border. Full details of parishes, including years*, in our listings: Suffolk Parishes.

Special thanks to all our dedicated helpers both in and out of county who’ve worked on this.
(added 26 Apr 2015)


The deadline for contributions to the June issue of "Roots" has now passed. Any late-running articles for June publication should please be sent immediately to the editor.

The September issue (copy deadline 21st July) will address the theme "Suffolk Airfields - those who built them; served on them; flew from them or have interesting stories about them"

Other articles covering the usual wide-ranging topics of general or local genealogical interest will, as always be very welcome.

(See our Roots page for a full listing of Themes).
(added 26 Apr 2015)


Pip Wright, whom I'm sure many of you know, is researching a book about Suffolk history in the Charity School in Earl Stonham. He would like more information about the schoolmaster and boys for a class in 1732. If you think that you might be able to help then click here for details.
(added 19 Apr 2015)


We're pleased to announce the latest CD in our Baptism Index Series:

Hoxne Deanery (1754-1812) Hoxne Deanery 1754-1812* [BPI-12/P2] in the north east of the county and covering 25 Anglican parishes between Mendham in the north and Saxtead in south. Full details of parishes, including years*, in our listings: Suffolk Parishes.

Special thanks to our team of dedicated helpers working at the Ipswich Record Office and from home..
(added 5 Mar 2015)


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The Society has its foundation in Lowestoft in 1975. If you were an early or perhaps even a founding member, we would love to hear what you recall of those early days.

Did you play a role in the subsequent establishment of the Regional Groups - or have you a story to tell about more recent years? And in this ever- changing world of on-line data access how would you like to see the Society tackle the next 40 years. Whether amusing or annoying; of friendships or frustration; about the past, the present or the future we'd love to hear from you.

Suffolk Roots editor Geoff Dennish is co-ordinating this work and would love to hear from you: by post: at 12 Hall Road, Stowmarket, IP14 1TN or Email
(added 29 Jan 2015)


Winners of Christmas Quiz The Jean Evan’s Memorial Shield was again keenly contested at the Haverhill Christmas Quiz with the ‘Far and Wide’ team of Sylvia, Lyndesay, Maria & Carol receiving the honours from Committee member Wilma Power.
(added 1 Jan 2015)


Bury quiz winners It’s the Society’s 40th Anniversary year and we wish all our members and visitors an especially happy and successful 2015.
(added 27 Nov 2014)


Haverhill group’s WW1 & WW2 exhibition finished on a high when members heard their request for a CWGC memorial on the previously unknown grave of soldier buried in their cemetery had been agreed. We will remember them The discovery of Pte Stephen Webb’s grave was made by Secretary Charmian Thompson, pictured far right with other members, who had all contributed to the town’s Roll of Honour.
(added 1 Dec 2014)


SFHS Fair Members and visitors alike received a warm welcome to the Fair, held in new Ipswich UCS waterfront venue.
Pictured: Howard King and Amanda Straderick on the door.

SFHS Fair On offer were a tempting mix of stalls, popular talks and a research room staffed by members from the Society’s groups.
Pictured: Ann Youngs & Jeanie Smith helping members Raymond & Shirley Beaumont from Nuneaton.
(added 23 Oct 2014)