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


Suffolk Roots - Quarterly journal of SFHS

Posted by Geoffrey Dennish on Mon, 8th Feb 2016

The deadline for contributions to the March issue of the society's Journal has now passed.  Members will be receiving their copy of "Roots" early next month.

The theme for the following issue is Suffolk's Changing Face and articles about, for example, the evolution of Agriculture as practised in the county - or the growth and/or decline of our Industries and Commerce will be very welcome.

The deadline for receipt of material for the June issue  of Suffolk Roots is 20th April.

As always, please submit your text, whether as an electronic file (MS Word or similar) or manuscript, separately from any illustrations (which should be 300dpi or higher)

Don't forget that each issue of the journal includes a Help Wanted section where the assistance of other readers in resolving queries or breaking down brickwalls which surround individuals or families can be invited.

If you would like an article considered for publication in Suffolk Roots, whether it concerns Genealogy in general; Suffolk families; Your own ancestry research or the theme for a forthcoming issue, please send it as soon as possible to the address below.

The Editor, Suffolk Roots
12 Hall Road
IP14 1TN

or by email to

Extracts from the current issue of the Journal may always be seen by clicking on "Society" on the ribbon above and then selecting "Suffolk Roots" from the drop-down list of options.

Ancestry - Family Tree Maker

Posted by D A Howlett on Wed, 3rd Feb 2016

Last December Ancestry.com announced that they would cease selling their Family Tree Maker software at the end of 2015 and stop supporting it at the end of 2016.  Not suprisingly this caused uproar and their blog was inundated with complaints.

On the 2nd February Ancestry announced that they had  had entered into arrangements with two software companies Software Mackiev and Roots Magic.

In effect those who use FTM will receive software updates and will be able to purchase future editions of FTM from Software MacKiev. In additon arrrangements have been made for Roots Magic to connect to Ancestry by the end of 2016.

For further details please refer to the Ancestry blog



Our New Website

Posted by D A Howlett on Mon, 1st Feb 2016

Our new format website was published a couple of months ago and since then I have received a number of compiementary comments welcoming our new look.  To those who have taken the time to send me your observations, I would like to thank you.  Your comments have been noted and passed on to my colleagues.

 The website should be considered very much "work in progress" and you will notice minor changes in content, format and location. One such change of location is that the 1939-1945 Roll of Honour can now be found under the "Information" drop down.

Volunteers Required for Marriage Index Checking

Posted by K Pulford on Sat, 16th Jan 2016

You may well be aware of the index CDs the society has produced for BMD's
in the county. This work is still on going. We now have a requirement for
volunteers to help with checking marriage transcriptions in the record
offices at Ipswich and Lowestoft for the earlier period up to 1754. If you
are within easy reach of either of these record offices and can spare a
few hours per week we would like to hear from you. The work will involve
checking the marriages against the original registers so this is an
opportunity to look at and use the original registers rather than having
to rely on microform copies.

If you would like to find out more and offer your services please contact
Pamela Palgrave by phone on 01359 251050 or by email at

Haverhill Group Open Day

Posted by D A Howlett on Sun, 10th Jan 2016

Our Haverhill Group is especially pleased to announce that local professional genealogist Karen Cummings is able to join the group for their Open Day at Haverhill Library on Saturday 16 Janunary starting at 11.00am.

Karen has supported the group previously and her expertise proved invaluable to both those new to family history and those who needed advice about where to search next. Our Patron Derek Palgrave and his wife Pamela will also be attending and be available to help with your research and offer advice.

The Open Day commences at 11.00am and in addition to our researchers there will be free access to Ancestry (Worldwide), Find My Past, Suffolk Parish Records and British Newspapers.

For further details see the Haverhill Group Page and contact tel 01440  712652.  

SFHS Family History Fair and AGM a Great Success

Posted by D R Talmage on Sun, 25th Oct 2015

 Our 40th Anniversary AGM & Family History Fair was held at the University Campus Suffolk on October 17th 2015. The event was well attended with brisk business being done at consultancy sessions. he AGM was well attended and we heard from our chairman Doug Howlett that the next year would be his last.

The theme of this year’s Family History Fair will be “What Do I Do Next” and aimed at making a special effort to help break down those “brick walls” which we all come across from time to time..

The keynote speaker was the well-known author and family historian Gill Blanchard. Gill regularly contributes articles to national magazines, teaches and assists academic researchers. She has given presentations at Who Do You Think You Are Live Shows at both the London Olympia and the NEC Birmingham. Gill also appeared on the WDYTYA television programme which featured Mary Berry.


VJ 70 Day

Posted by K Pulford on Sat, 24th Oct 2015

A moving tribute to Far East casualties and survivors, many from the Suffolk Regiment was organised by Haverhill’s Family History and Royal British Legion groups....

....click here for full story.

New Baptism CD

Posted by K Pulford on Sat, 24th Oct 2015

We're pleased to announce the latest CD in our Baptism Index Series: Fordham Deanery 1813*-1900* [BPI-09/P1].

Fordham Deanery CD covers 19 Anglican parishes in the north west corner of the county including both Newmarket All Saints & St Mary. Full details of parishes, including exact years*, can be found in our listings of Suffolk Parishes.

The CD completes our coverage, 1754-1900*, of the west of county and special thanks to our dedicated team of helpers involved with this.

40th Anniversary

Posted by K Pulford on Sat, 24th Oct 2015

Members marked the Society’s 40th anniversary at a special party with Patron Derek Palgrave performing the cutting of the celebratory cake.

Over those successful years much has been achieved including indexing of Suffolk 1851 Census and 1813-37 Marriages. Members involved are pictured below with published booklets in hand.

(left to right): Derek Palgrave, Anne Smith, Mary Rix, Sandra Stevens, Les Button, Pamela Palgrave, Elizabeth Arkieson, Trevor Rix, and Sheila Catchlove

Suffolk School Registers

Posted by K Pulford on Sat, 24th Oct 2015

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.