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Our 40th Anniversary AGM & Family History Fair will be held at the University Campus Suffolk on October 17th 2015. To celebrate our anniversary we intend that this will be a particularly special event.

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

Please Note that this year the AGM will start at 11.00am this has been arranged so that we have plenty of opportunity to “meet with the experts”. Details of the Societies Consolidated Accounts and Proxy Voting forms, for members who will not be able to attend the AGM, will be posted on the website by the 3rd October.

The keynote speaker will be 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.

I hope as many of you as possible will be able to come along and support our Society.
Entry to the fair is FREE

Doug Howlett
(added 16 Sept 2015)


To all Members of the Society who are unable to attend our Annual General Meeting on the 17 October, you are invited to download and complete the attached Proxy Voting form and send it to our Secretary, Ken Finch at 65 Churchill Avenue, Ipswich IP4 5DT

Your vote is important to the Society.

Doug Howlett, Chairman
(1st Oct 2015)


The "Consolidated Balance Sheet & Statement of Financial Activities for the Year Ended 31st March 2015", for Suffolk Family History Society, is attached. Please click here to see them.

For details of the AGM see above.
(added 1st Oct 2015)


If someone you know served in the county's police, either in the past or recently, or if you have a information about the formation and development of our constabulary, please share your stories in the December issue, the theme for which is "Policing in Suffolk". This issue will also include stories you may submit of those who "fell foul of the law".

Soldiers of The Suffolk Regiment, captured at the surrender of Singapore were returning home during 1946 having endured terrible privation during imprisonment by the Japanese. Suffolk Roots plans to pay tribute in future issues of the journal to them and to "The Suffolks" who did not survive. The editor will be very grateful to hear from those with experiences to share.

(The closing date for articles intended for the December issue of "Roots" is October 20th.)
(added 6 Oct 2015)


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

Hartismere Deanery (1813-1900) 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.
(added 10 Sept 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....

VJ Day 70

....Click here for the full story

(added 19 Aug 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.

At the 40th anniversary buffet 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.

At the 40th anniversary buffet 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.

At the 40th anniversary buffet 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!

At the 40th anniversary buffet 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.

At the 40th anniversary buffet 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.
Added 9 July 2015


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

Fordham Deanery (1813-1900) 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.
(added 5 July 2015)


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

40th Anniversary 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.

SFHS 40th transcribers

(left to right): Derek Palgrave, Anne Smith, Mary Rix, Sandra Stevens, Les Button, Pamela Palgrave, Elizabeth Arkieson, Trevor Rix, and Sheila Catchlove.
(added 5 July 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.
(added 1 Jun 2015)