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


Suffolk Roots

Posted by D R Talmage on Tue, 3rd Nov 2015

The next "Suffolk Roots" is currently being finalised and will be delivered to members at the beginning of December.

Articles submitted for the March 2016 issue are being welcomed now and until January 20th.

Theme for the March issue is "Occupations in Suffolk" - which jobs were common in Suffolk or were peculiar to the county and do any of them survive today? Also, throughout 2016, "Roots" will commemorate the return home of WWll prisoners of the Japanese many of the POWs being members of "our" Suffolk Regiment.

Your thoughts, memories and stories on these, or indeed on any other topic of interest to members of SFHS, are always welcome: Have you discovered an unexpected connection with a famous person, for example - or did your research open a diverting new line to follow? We'd love to hear from you - and don't forget to include illustrations or partial trees if possible.

If you have a problem with your family tree other members may be able to assist. Each issue includes a HELP WANTED section. Send a note of your query and see whether others have an answer.

You can discover more about the society's quarterly journal on Suffolk Roots own page (click on *Society* in the options bar at the head of this page and select "Suffolk Roots" from the dropdown menu.)


SFHS Family History Fair and AGM a Great Success

Posted by D R Talmage on Sun, 25th Oct 2015

 Our 40th Anniversary AGM & Family History Fair was held at the University Campus Suffolk on October 17th 2015. The event was well attended with brisk business being done at consultancy sessions. he AGM was well attended and we heard from our chairman Doug Howlett that the next year would be his last.

The theme of this year’s Family History Fair will be “What Do I Do Next” and aimed at making a special effort to help break down those “brick walls” which we all come across from time to time..

The keynote speaker was the well-known author and family historian Gill Blanchard. Gill regularly contributes articles to national magazines, teaches and assists academic researchers. She has given presentations at Who Do You Think You Are Live Shows at both the London Olympia and the NEC Birmingham. Gill also appeared on the WDYTYA television programme which featured Mary Berry.


VJ 70 Day

Posted by K Pulford on Sat, 24th Oct 2015

A moving tribute to Far East casualties and survivors, many from the Suffolk Regiment was organised by Haverhill’s Family History and Royal British Legion groups....

....click here for full story.

New Baptism CD

Posted by K Pulford on Sat, 24th Oct 2015

We're pleased to announce the latest CD in our Baptism Index Series: Fordham Deanery 1813*-1900* [BPI-09/P1].

Fordham Deanery CD covers 19 Anglican parishes in the north west corner of the county including both Newmarket All Saints & St Mary. Full details of parishes, including exact years*, can be found in our listings of Suffolk Parishes.

The CD completes our coverage, 1754-1900*, of the west of county and special thanks to our dedicated team of helpers involved with this.

40th Anniversary

Posted by K Pulford on Sat, 24th Oct 2015

Members marked the Society’s 40th anniversary at a special party with Patron Derek Palgrave performing the cutting of the celebratory cake.

Over those successful years much has been achieved including indexing of Suffolk 1851 Census and 1813-37 Marriages. Members involved are pictured below with published booklets in hand.

(left to right): Derek Palgrave, Anne Smith, Mary Rix, Sandra Stevens, Les Button, Pamela Palgrave, Elizabeth Arkieson, Trevor Rix, and Sheila Catchlove

Suffolk School Registers

Posted by K Pulford on Sat, 24th Oct 2015

Admission registers for some 165 National Schools right across the county from Lakenheath to Lowestoft and Eye to East Bergholt are now searchable on Find My Past.

Each record between 1870 and 1914 comprises a transcript and a colour image of the original register with a range of information varying from school to school.

For details of the schools and years covered click here.

Access to FMP is free at Libraries and Record Offices in Suffolk and some other counties.

The Society Celebrates Its 40th

Posted by K Pulford on Sat, 24th Oct 2015

On Saturday July 4th, at Needham Market Community Centre in central Suffolk, members gathered to celebrate the fortieth birthday of Suffolk Family History Society.

Click on the images in this article to see larger photographs.

Originally named Suffolk Genealogy Society and founded in Lowestoft in 1975 the society soon spawned several regional Groups, each with their own programme of locally based activities, six of which continue to meet regularly today.



The official reception saw the gathering of some 70 members, several of whom were amongst the very first to join the society or one of its groups. Those attending certainly made excellent use of the opportunity to chat, to renew old friendships and to recall past and present achievements of the society.



The current Chairman, Doug Howlett, welcomed everyone to the reception and thanked them for their much valued support and selfless contribution which has extended over many years - since the very beginning, in the case of several of those present!



Kate Chantry, responding on behalf of Suffolk Record Office wished the society well in the future and expressed congratulations and gratitude for its publishing ventures; long standing co-operation with SRO and the valuable work it has done on the transcription of records all of which has played a significant part in facilitating the services that SRO are able to offer those seeking the advice and assistance of her staff at the three branch offices of the service.


After a buffet lunch, which was provided by the society, members' conversation continued well into the afternoon and was generally agreed to have been a very enjoyable celebration of an important society milestone.

New Baptism CD

Posted by Matt Ball on Fri, 23rd Oct 2015

We're pleased to announce the latest CD in our Baptism Index Series: Hartismere Deanery 1813*-1900* [BPI-010/P1].

Hartismere Deanery CD covers 31 Anglican parishes around Eye: from Aspall to Oakley to Redgrave and to Wyverstone in the 4 corners of the Deanery. Full details of these and all parishes, including exact years*, can be found in our listings of Suffolk Parishes.

We’ve also now reached the milestone of over 900,000 baptism entries (1754* to 1900*) on our Search Service database. Congratulations and special thanks to all our dedicated helpers who’ve made this possible.