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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.

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.

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"

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.


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.