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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.


Forthcoming issues of Suffolk Roots

Posted by Geoffrey Dennish on Thu, 23rd Jun 2016

The popular "Help wanted" section of the journal is being extended to include photographs. If you have a picture of Suffolk people or places which you need to identify, send it to "Roots"  and perhaps our readers can put a name to the anonymous face or place.

The September theme is "Suffolk in the General Strike of 1926". How did  this affect local people, industry and agriculture? Do let us know what you recall.

Your memoirs, family trees, historic pictures, research, queries - in fact anything genalogical - are always warmly welcomed. The deadline for publication in September is July 20th and for December it is October 20th.

The Battle of the Somme between July and November 1916 involved many sons of Suffolk - the 11th Bn The Suffolk Regiment suffered heavy losses from the very first day. "Roots" would like to help commemorate those who served, through publication of their stories and those of their families in the next two issues.

The picture of Suffolk Punches at work which appeared on the cover of the March issue of "Roots" has aroused much comment: did you or someone you know work with these gentle giants? If so, then help us to record those experiences for posterity through your articles and pictures in the September issue.

Several years ago "A Chronology of Suffolk", compiled by Derek Palgrave, was published by the society and we hope soon to publish the original chronology on the website. The listed notable events in the county began in the 6th century and ended in 1968 and "Roots" is inviting members to suggest additional significant dates in the history of Suffolk and its people to be included when an updated version is published in the coming months.

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.

We are on the Road again

Posted by D A Howlett on Sun, 15th May 2016

Suffolk Family History Society will be on the road again, on the 21 May when we will be attending the Sheffild and District FHS Fair.  The fair will be held, between 10.00am and 4.00pm  in The 1867 Lounge, Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, Hillsborough Sheffield S6 1SW.

If you are travelling to the fair, or live in the area, why not make sure you visit our stand and meet up with David Daldry and Arthur Bird, who are representing the Society both will be pleased to see you.

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.