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



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

Suffolk Roots - Last call for September articles

Posted by Geoffrey Dennish on Tue, 19th Jul 2016

The theme for the next issue of the society journal is "The General Strike of 1926". We hope that members will help to record the effects of the strike which affected the Nation in 1926 by recounting the handed-down experiences of farm, family and industry during the period.

This issue is your opportunity to pay tribute to those who fought and those who died in the great Battle of the Somme which raged between 1st July and 18th November 1916.

We would also like to record the experiences of those who worked with and cared for the magnificent Suffolk Punch horses on the land and in the town.

As always, the Editor will be pleased to consider articles on any subject related to Suffolk, the family history of local folk or any other genealogical topic.

Don't forget that our regular "Help Wanted" feature now includes the opportunity for you to seek help in identifying those unknown people who appear in family photographs.

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.

Stowmarket Group to close

Posted by D A Howlett on Thu, 28th Apr 2016

The Trustees regret to announce that our Stowmarket Group will close at the end of April.  Although the group has managed to have a well balanced programme of talks, it has not been able to attract sufficient numbers through the door. The Trustees are appreciative of the efforts of the group chairperson Stella Jackaman and her fellow committee members who worked so hard for many years to keep help us maintain our presence the Stowmarket area.

New Baptism CDs

Posted by Webmaster on Fri, 22nd Apr 2016

We're pleased to announce the release of two CDs in our Baptism Index Series.

The two CDs are for Loes & Orford Deanery covering 40 parishes in the east of the county. The first covers the years 1754 to 1812 [BPI-13/P2] and the second covers 1813 to 1900 [BPI-13/P1].

Both are available for sale in our online shop or from the various fairs which we attend.

Ipswich Record Office - Restricted Access

Posted by D A Howlett on Mon, 18th Apr 2016

A notice has been posted on a SCC website to the effect that a small amount of material may not be accessible from the Ipswich Record Office, during weeks 27 April - 11 May.  This is  due to urgent repairs to their strongroom shelving.  If you are planning a visit to look at specific material please contact the Ipswich Record Office so that they can check if the records will be available.

Local History Day at South Elmham

Posted by D A Howlett on Wed, 13th Apr 2016

After a successful three days at the NEC in Birmingham, we are back on the road again, this time   the Society will be supporting the Local History Day at St Margaret South Elmham IP20 0PJ.  The event will be held on 23 April at the Village Hall between 10am - 4 pm.  Why not come along and support this exciting event.