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News

Coronavirus Emergency

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 18th Mar 2020

The following lists gives the status of talks and meetings held by the Groups. The emergency may continue for some time and may involve further cancellations. Please check back to see updates of the programmes.

Bury St Edmunds

The Hyndman centre has said they are closed until further notice so our meetings will cancelled until further notice.

Sudbury Group

 March and April meetings postponed.

Haverhill Group

April, May and June meetings have been cancelled.

Lowestoft Group

It has been decided to cancel the Family History Drop-Session at the Heritage Centre on Wednesday 18 March and the monthly meeting at the United Reform Church, London Road North, Lowestoft on 7 April due to the above. 

Ipswich Group

March and April meeting are cancelled. The coach trip to Family Tree Live has been cancelled.

SFHS Online Shop

The shop is operating as normal and we are delivering orders via mail as usual. You can use this as a way of doing some extra research whilst at home.

Suffolk Archives

All branches of Suffolk Archives will be closed until further notice.

To keep you busy during self-isolation finish your family tree using this free  starter chart

Latest Marriage Index CD

Posted by Webmaster on Tue, 17th Mar 2020

We are pleased to bring you our latest CD of early (1650-1753) Suffolk Marriages, this one for Ipswich deanery in the east of the county.

Ipswich comprises twelve large parishes – reflecting the town’s early importance & size and where all marriages, including those of non conformists, took place.

Names of all parishes covered, and the available years*, can be found in our Suffolk Parishes listings and also in our Shop where the CD is now available, price £10.00 + p&p.

Our thanks for this CD to our dedicated helpers working from original registers held at Ipswich Record Office. For details of all deanery areas completed and those in progress please see Current Projects.

Latest Baptism Index CD

Posted by Webmaster on Sat, 22nd Feb 2020

We are pleased to bring you our latest CD of early (1650-1753) Anglican baptisms, this one for Thingoe deanery in the centre of the western half of the county.

Thingoe comprises the two large parishes in Bury St Edmunds plus 17 others in villages to the west and south of the town and nicely fills the’ gap’ between four other deaneries already completed. Names of all parishes covered, and the available years*, can be found in our Suffolk Parishes listings and also in our Shop where the CD is now available, price £15.32 + p&p.

Our thanks for this CD to our dedicated team of helpers working from original registers held at Bury Record Office. For details of all deanery areas completed and those in progress please see Current Projects.

Suffolk Archive (Record Office) Closures

Posted by K Pulford on Thu, 9th Jan 2020

As part of the upgrade of the Suffolk Archive service there will be a number of closures across the county whilst improvements are made to the offices.

Busy St Edmunds

The Bury St Edmunds Archive building will temporarily close from Wednesday 15 to Wednesday 29 January inclusive, reopening on Thursday 30 January, to allow for much needed redecoration to be carried out at the Bury St Edmunds Archives.

Please note that all scheduled courses for week beginning 20 January will continue as expected, however the rest of the building will be unavailable for research purposes. If you have booked onto a course, please arrive at the entrance of the building as normal and you will be met by a member of staff.

Lowestoft

n February 2020 we will be upgrading the existing Searchroom in the Lowestoft Library building. This means that the first floor Searchroom will need to be temporarily closed between Monday 3 February and Monday 2 March 2020, to allow works to be carried out safely and efficiently.  Customers can continue to access the rest of the Library building as normal.

As part of this work, we will be creating an audio/visual space where visitors will be able to view digital images of prints and engravings, glass plates and photographs, and online exhibitions. They will also be able to listen to oral history sound recordings.

Ipswich

On Monday 2 March, we will start the final preparations for moving archive material from Ipswich Archives to our new bespoke facilities at The Hold, located within Ipswich’s unique and regenerating Waterfront. This work involves securely packing and wrapping unique and irreplaceable items to protect them during the move.

This means the current Ipswich Archives building, located on Gatacre Road, Ipswich will close on Monday 2 March. The collections will be available to view in The Hold from Spring 2020.

For further information and any updates please visit https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/about-suffolk-archives/service-changes-at-suffolk-record-office/december-2019/

The Real RFC During the Great War

Posted by K Pulford on Sun, 5th Jan 2020

Haverhill Family History Group Open Day

Posted by K Pulford on Thu, 2nd Jan 2020

The Haverhill Group of Suffolk Family History Society are holding an Open Day at Haverhill Library,  Camps Road, Haverhill CB9 8HB from 10.00am to 3.00pm on Saturday 25th January 2020. This is a free event. Everyone welcome.

Latest Baptism Index CD

Posted by Webmaster on Sat, 9th Nov 2019

We are pleased to announce our latest CD of early (1650-1753) Anglican baptisms covering two deaneries, Stow and Thedwastre, in the centre of the county.

 38 parishes, between and around Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket, are included with the names of each, and the available years*, to be found in our Suffolk Parishes listings and also in our Shop where the CD is now available, price £15.32 + p&p.

 This CD has been collaborative effort between our teams of dedicated helpers working mainly at Bury and Ipswich Record Offices, where the original registers are held, and our thanks to everyone involved. For details of all deanery areas completed and those in progress please see Current Projects.

Sudbury Group Research Day

Posted by Webmaster on Thu, 24th Oct 2019

The Sudbury Group of Suffolk Family History Society are holding a Research Day at Sudbury Library,  Market Hill, Sudbury CO10 2EN from 11.00am to 3.00pm on Sunday 3 November 2019.

See the poster below for more information.

Haverhill Group Open Day

Posted by K Pulford on Mon, 7th Oct 2019

Writing Your Family History

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 25th Sep 2019