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


Parking for the Family History Fair

Posted by K Pulford on Sat, 31st Aug 2019

If you are planning to come to the Suffolk Family history fair on 14th September, here is some information about the availability of parking nearby.


To unload vehicles or for accessible Parking (for Wheel chair users) go down Coprolite Street towards the river and immediately turn right into the Car Parking area.
NOTE – DO NOT PARK in the Car Park immediately opposite the Venue (next to the new “Hold” – as this is for University and College Students ONLY – there are CCTV Cameras! If you do you may get a fine!!!

The nearest Car Parks are in the Duke Street Area, in the which passes the rear of the University Waterside Buildings.
The Duke Street Parking charge is £1.20 per hour or £5.50 all day. I understand it jumps from £1.20 to £5.50 after the first hour.
The next nearest Car Park is the Athena Car Park IP3 0DT. This is a small 94 place covered Car Park, being under a large Building
Costings are:

1 hour – 70p
2 Hours - £1.40
3 Hours – £2.10
4 hours -  £2.80 
5 hours - £3.50

The Car Park Closes at 20:00 until the following morning!

Other nearby Car parks:
Off Rope Walk – (a turning off St Helens) –The Car park is actually in the short Regents Street, so look for this road name. Pay and Display £3 for all day at Weekends. To get to the Event – Walk towards the University (Waterfront) walking through Suffolk New College)
St Peters Dock Short Stay Car Park Adjacent to Stoke Bridge – at the other (inland end) of the Waterfront. Up to 1 hr: £1.30, Up to 2 Hr: £2.60 Up to 3 Hr: £3.90 Maximum stay £5 hours at £6.50

Off the Circular Road that goes around the Docks: Theses are signed reasonably well
Turret Lane Car Park £1.20 per hour, £4.20 all day. About a 10 minute walk from the University.

Total Car Park (on the right) On the right just before some Pedestrian Traffic Lights £4.50 all day
Just past Fore Street Pedestrian Crossing lights is the “Fore Street Pool” Short Stay Car Park. 
£1 per hour, maximum stay 5 hours for £4.50

SFHS Annual Fair 2019

Posted by K Pulford on Sat, 31st Aug 2019

Below is the running order for the day at The University

10:00 – Doors open to the Public 

There are Disabled Parking spaces at the rear of the Building off Coprolite Street. For others – you can unload there but will need to then park elsewhere nearby.

in the Info Zone: Computers and general advice available in the Info Zone during the day

Stalls/Stands and displays etc will be open throughout the day in the Reception area.


10:15 “How to start researching your Family Tree”

11:30 – 12:30 Society AGM in Lecture
Room 1 – open to all Society members.

13:00 – 14:00 (Ian Waller). How to preserve your Research for the future.
Lecture Room 1. Lecture Free to Society members - £2 to others

15:00 – 16:00 (Richard Parker)  How to get more from the 1939 Register.
Lecture Room 1 Lecture Free to Society Members - £2 to others

Tickets can purchased for theses talks at the Event on the day. The cost (for non-members) – to attend both Talks is £3.00


Event finishes at 16:00

Beginners/Intermediate Paleography

Posted by K Pulford on Thu, 29th Aug 2019

For those who have done the basics and want to further their reserches.

Country Households

Posted by K Pulford on Thu, 29th Aug 2019

Chairperson of the Society Resigns

Posted by K Pulford on Sun, 11th Aug 2019

It is with regret that I have to announce the resignation of our Chairperson Samantha Godley who has tendered her resignation effective from 10 August 2019.

Samantha has understandably been obliged to stand down following recent surgery.

Together with our Trustees, I would like to thank Samantha for her service to the Society during the past ten months wish her a speedy and healthy recovery.

D A Howlett


Latest Marriage Index

Posted by Webmaster on Mon, 1st Jul 2019

The CD for Clare Deanery marriages, 1650-1753*, is now available covering 30 parishes.

Where registers have been lost all existing Bishop's Transcripts have been transcribed and included.

Visit Suffolk Parishes for details of parishes covered and our Shop to purchase the CD, price £10 + p&p.

Our thanks to Marriage Index Co-ordinator, Pamela Palgave and her dedicated helpers, for this latest CD and for details of deanery areas completed, plus those in progress, please see Current Projects

Latest Baptism Index CD

Posted by Webmaster on Wed, 5th Jun 2019

We are pleased to announce our latest CD of early (1650-1753) Anglican baptisms – this one for the Samford and Colnies Deaneries in the south east corner of the county

40 parishes are included from Shelley, near Hadleigh, across to Felixstowe. For details of each parish and the available years* covered see Suffolk Parishes or visit our Shop where the CD is now available, price £15.32 + p&p.

Our thanks to all our dedicated helpers, working mainly at the Ipswich Record Office, who’ve made this possible. For details of all deanery areas completed and in progress please see Current Projects.

Help Tracing WW II Heroes

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 5th Jun 2019

Your help is asked to help track down some names on the World War II roll of honour. There are some names on memorials which are just surnames with initials but either do not appear in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database of match so many entries that it is impossible to identify them. The list of 53 names is given below listed by parish. If you can provide further information please contact Gwyn Thomas at rgthomas1759@yahoo.co.uk.

Baker G Alderton
Harvey Donald Bacton
Smith John Badwell Ash
Kitson W F Barningham
Burrows S Beccles
Ling W J Beccles
Smith Blakenham, Little
Smith Tom Bramfield
Mitchell Charles Bramford
Edwards J Bromeswell
Brown A C Bures St Mary
Boyce J W Bury St Edmunds
Bunn J W Bury St Edmunds
Grayham R Bury St Edmunds
Thompson Bury St Edmunds
Pearce  AJ Claydon
Clark  W Felixstowe
Francis F Haughley
Ward Sidney S Hintlesham
Barker E G Ipswich
Beaumont D R Ipswich
Cape M C Ipswich
Dowsing R Ipswich
Foster R Ipswich
Girling E Ipswich
Jacobs A L Ipswich
Livingstone  D B Ipswich
Marjoram Christopher John Ipswich
Owen H Ipswich DFC
Paget W Ipswich
Ratcliffe J Ipswich
Revans C A Ipswich
Robinson B Ipswich
Southgate P S Ipswich
Webb J Ipswich
Williams Alfred T Ipswich
Marjoram C Leiston
Williams C Leiston
Gray John Newmarket
Seeley Jack Oulton
Smith Thomas W Palgrave
Ward Douglas Shotley
Howard G Southwold
Roberts G Southwold
Abel John Stanton
Thompson James Stoke by Nayland
Bailey Stowmarket
Cole R Stowmarket
Wilkinson John W  Stowupland
Palmer R F Stutton
Johnson G Thorndon
Clarke Colin Whelnetham, Great
Dangor Ronald Wrentham


Posted by Geoffrey Dennish on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019

Probably that should be hearts as the headline refers to our constituent Groups - and there are six of them!

Each month in different locations across the County of Suffolk our Groups hold meetings to which both members and non-members of the society are warmly  welcomed.

Our sixth group meets in Hillingdon, London on a regular but less frequent basis.

Why not come along and join in - or merely see what we have to offer, if you prefer? Like most people with a common interest we are an easy-going, informal and very friendly bunch many of whom have valuable expertise in certain fields that they are very willing to share.

Most meetings include a talk on a topic of interest to both family and local historians, often the speakers are well known across the genealogy community as distinguished writers or research specialists.

Groups also hold research meetings at which assistance and advice by experienced historians is available on everything from how to get started in building your family tree to suggestions how to find particular data or a different apporach to resolving that stubborn brick-wall.

A complete list of forthcoming activities can always be found by clicking on GROUPS on the green ribbon at the head of this page - and then selecting one of the six groups from the menu which drops down.

To find what is coming up in their programme (and in some cases to see what they have recently done) click on EVENTS for a comprehensive list.

So why not come along to Bury St, Edmunds, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Sudbury or North London and see the society at work and - if you are a non-member or a member who has not attended a group meeting - what a very active family history society has to offer YOU.

Group Activities in June 2019

4th   Lowestoft                 :  Pip Wright talks about Lady Alice Bryan

13th   Haverhill                  :  Tony Kirby talks about the Rise and Fall of the English Seaside

19th   Bury St Edmunds :  Michael Howard talks about The Great Flood of 1953

25th   Sudbury                  :  Martyn Roper talks about History and the Printed Cartoon

27th   Ipswich                    :  a minibus trip to and guided tour of Highgate Cemetery

You will not be under any obligation or pressure to join us (though of course we hope that you will decide that it would be to your advantage to do so) and we shall be grateful for the opportunity to meet you.