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


Suffolk Archive (Record Office) Closures

Posted by K Pulford on Thu, 9th Jan 2020

As part of the upgrade of the Suffolk Archive service there will be a number of closures across the county whilst improvements are made to the offices.

Busy St Edmunds

The Bury St Edmunds Archive building will temporarily close from Wednesday 15 to Wednesday 29 January inclusive, reopening on Thursday 30 January, to allow for much needed redecoration to be carried out at the Bury St Edmunds Archives.

Please note that all scheduled courses for week beginning 20 January will continue as expected, however the rest of the building will be unavailable for research purposes. If you have booked onto a course, please arrive at the entrance of the building as normal and you will be met by a member of staff.


n February 2020 we will be upgrading the existing Searchroom in the Lowestoft Library building. This means that the first floor Searchroom will need to be temporarily closed between Monday 3 February and Monday 2 March 2020, to allow works to be carried out safely and efficiently.  Customers can continue to access the rest of the Library building as normal.

As part of this work, we will be creating an audio/visual space where visitors will be able to view digital images of prints and engravings, glass plates and photographs, and online exhibitions. They will also be able to listen to oral history sound recordings.


On Monday 2 March, we will start the final preparations for moving archive material from Ipswich Archives to our new bespoke facilities at The Hold, located within Ipswich’s unique and regenerating Waterfront. This work involves securely packing and wrapping unique and irreplaceable items to protect them during the move.

This means the current Ipswich Archives building, located on Gatacre Road, Ipswich will close on Monday 2 March. The collections will be available to view in The Hold from Spring 2020.

For further information and any updates please visit https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/about-suffolk-archives/service-changes-at-suffolk-record-office/december-2019/

The Real RFC During the Great War

Posted by K Pulford on Sun, 5th Jan 2020

Haverhill Family History Group Open Day

Posted by K Pulford on Thu, 2nd Jan 2020

The Haverhill Group of Suffolk Family History Society are holding an Open Day at Haverhill Library,  Camps Road, Haverhill CB9 8HB from 10.00am to 3.00pm on Saturday 25th January 2020. This is a free event. Everyone welcome.

Latest Baptism Index CD

Posted by Webmaster on Sat, 9th Nov 2019

We are pleased to announce our latest CD of early (1650-1753) Anglican baptisms covering two deaneries, Stow and Thedwastre, in the centre of the county.

 38 parishes, between and around Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket, are included with the names of each, and the available years*, to be found in our Suffolk Parishes listings and also in our Shop where the CD is now available, price £15.32 + p&p.

 This CD has been collaborative effort between our teams of dedicated helpers working mainly at Bury and Ipswich Record Offices, where the original registers are held, and our thanks to everyone involved. For details of all deanery areas completed and those in progress please see Current Projects.

Sudbury Group Research Day

Posted by Webmaster on Thu, 24th Oct 2019

The Sudbury Group of Suffolk Family History Society are holding a Research Day at Sudbury Library,  Market Hill, Sudbury CO10 2EN from 11.00am to 3.00pm on Sunday 3 November 2019.

See the poster below for more information.

Haverhill Group Open Day

Posted by K Pulford on Mon, 7th Oct 2019

Writing Your Family History

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 25th Sep 2019

Peter Northeast Conference 2019

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 18th Sep 2019

The society is a member of the SLHC and so are entitled to free tickets.  Please apply directly to SLHC

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