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


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....

VJ Day 70

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(added 19 Aug 2015)


The next issue is nearing completion and is due to be delivered to members early in September.

The theme for the December issue is *Policing in Suffolk*. Your contributions on the history of Suffolk's force(s,) from introduction to the present day, will be very much welcomed.

Did you or a family member serve in the county's police - either many years ago or more recently? Do you have a tale to tell of someone who was on "the other side" of the law?

Perhaps you have reason to be grateful for the men and women who served their community - or maybe you have some amusing true stories to share.

The deadline for receipt of these and all other articles for the December issue is October 20th.

See the Suffolk Roots page on this site for more about the Journal and who to contact.
(added 2 August 2015)


On Saturday July 4th, at Needham Market Community Centre in central Suffolk, members gathered to celebrate the fortieth birthday of Suffolk Family History Society.

At the 40th anniversary buffet Click on the images in this article to see larger photographs.

Originally named Suffolk Genealogy Society and founded in Lowestoft in 1975 the society soon spawned several regional Groups, each with their own programme of locally based activities, six of which continue to meet regularly today.

At the 40th anniversary buffet The official reception saw the gathering of some 70 members, several of whom were amongst the very first to join the society or one of its groups. Those attending certainly made excellent use of the opportunity to chat, to renew old friendships and to recall past and present achievements of the society.

At the 40th anniversary buffet The current Chairman, Doug Howlett, welcomed everyone to the reception and thanked them for their much valued support and selfless contribution which has extended over many years - since the very beginning, in the case of several of those present!

At the 40th anniversary buffet Kate Chantry, responding on behalf of Suffolk Record Office wished the society well in the future and expressed congratulations and gratitude for its publishing ventures; long standing co-operation with SRO and the valuable work it has done on the transcription of records all of which has played a significant part in facilitating the services that SRO are able to offer those seeking the advice and assistance of her staff at the three branch offices of the service.

At the 40th anniversary buffet After a buffet lunch, which was provided by the society, members' conversation continued well into the afternoon and was generally agreed to have been a very enjoyable celebration of an important society milestone.
Added 9 July 2015


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

Fordham Deanery (1813-1900) 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.
(added 5 July 2015)


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

40th Anniversary 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.

SFHS 40th transcribers

(left to right): Derek Palgrave, Anne Smith, Mary Rix, Sandra Stevens, Les Button, Pamela Palgrave, Elizabeth Arkieson, Trevor Rix, and Sheila Catchlove.
(added 5 July 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.
(added 1 Jun 2015)