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


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


SFHS Annual Fair 2019

Posted by K Pulford on Thu, 1st Aug 2019

For further information and car parking see fair page

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.

Latest Baptism Index CD

Posted by Webmaster on Sat, 4th May 2019

We are pleased to announce our CD of Lothingland Deanery baptisms for phase 1 (1813-1900) and especially so as this completes all the Anglican Church parishes across the county for this period.

The 26 parishes, from Gorleston in the north to Kessingland in the south, comprise almost 60,000 entries, and include one register only available at the at the church, making it our largest Baptism Index CD. 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 at Lowestoft Record Office and from home in the UK and overseas, who’ve made this possible, and for details of phase 2 (1754-1812) and phase 3 (1650-1753) deanery areas in progress please see our Current Projects.

Our New Online Shop

Posted by K Pulford on Thu, 2nd May 2019

Our revamped shop is now available. We hope this will give a much more enjoyable shopping experience and we have made it much more easier to locate products that help with your research. By just putting in the name of the town or village you are interested into the search bar and you will get a list of the CDs which feature your location. You can also find them by location from a map. You will also still be able to pay for your membership and searches via the shop.
Future plans include providing the facility to down load the CD content direct from the shop so you don't have to wait for the post to arrive.
We hope you will find the new shop is an improvement on the old one. We would like to hear your views on our new shop. Write to the webmaster@suffolkfhs.co.uk to let us know what you think.

Support Your Local Record Office

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 10th Apr 2019