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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.

Suffolk Roots - June Deadline approaches

Posted by Geoffrey Dennish on Thu, 14th Apr 2016

If you are finalising an article to be considered for publication in the June issue of the society's journal, please make certain it reaches the Editor before the end of April.  The issue theme is The Changing Face of Suffolk.

Many recall arable farming largely replacing livestock; small farms combining into major units; machinery replacing horses and the consequent effect on many rural skills and crafts. Were your family or business affected by such 'progress' through past centuries?

The June issue will arrive within days of the centenary of The Battle of Jutland, one of the greatest ever naval conflicts.  If anyone in your family participated in the battle you are invited to help to commemorate the anniversary with your memoirs (and pictures).

Click Society at the head of this page and select Suffolk Roots  for more details of future issues.

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.

 

Forthcoming Fairs and Events

Posted by D A Howlett on Tue, 15th Mar 2016

We start our round of attending Family History Fairs and Events next month when we will be attending the "Who Do You Think You Are ? Live" exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham.  The exhibition will be held on 7 - 9 April, and we shall be attending with our stand on all three days. If you intend to visit the exhibition or live in the area, why not come a visit our stand.  We would love to meet you.  Details of the exhibition can be found on www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com, we look forward to meeting you. 

Memorial Inscriptions Enhanced

Posted by D A Howlett on Tue, 1st Mar 2016

For many years our members have been transcribing memorial inscriptions, these have been collated and copies of our work is available for inspection at the Suffolk Record Offices in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft.  We are now systematically making this information available for research purposes on our website.  Members are now able to visit the Members Area and search our database for the name of the deceased, the plot location of the grave and view its memorial inscription.  Please Remember, this is an on going project and as more records become available, they will be added to our data base.

findmypast.co.uk - 1939 Register

Posted by D A Howlett on Thu, 11th Feb 2016

Findmypast have announced that from the 16th February access to their 1939 Register will be included as part of the Britain and World subscriptions.  This means that subscribers will no longer be required to pay the much criticised additional £6.95 access fee.  

However, they have also announced that from the 16th, the cost of a new Britian membership will rise to £119.95 and World membership to £155.95.  The rates will be frozen for existing members who renew their subscription after that date. 

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 compliementary 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.