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


From the Cradle to the Grave

Posted by Geoffrey Dennish on Wed, 17th Jan 2018

This is the theme title for the forthcoming March issue of Suffolk Roots.

Although the phrase is commonly linked with the formation of the National Health Service, the intention of the theme is to look at how what we nowadays regard as Social Services were provided before the post-war evolution of the NHS and other state benefits.

So we invite you to send in accounts your research may have uncovered of incidents involving any of the following: childbirth, education, sickness, pensions, family welfare, housing, unemployment, accident, local catastrophe, death - or other cases where "outside" assistance was needed, or given, years before the growth of state-provided support.

Your stories - by the end of January please - will help open a window on circumstances that once greatly affected the lives of the ancestors of us all.




Latest Marriage Index CD

Posted by Webmaster on Sun, 14th Jan 2018

We are pleased to announce the second in our series of marriage indexes for 1650-1753. This is for Blackbourn Deanery (BPI-MI/11).

For details of each parish and the available years covered see Suffolk Parishes, or visit our Shop where the CD is now available, price £10.00 + p&p.

Our thanks to Pamela and her team, working at Suffolk Record Offices or from homes around the country and overseas, whose hard work have made this possible.

Blackbourn Marriage Index

Suffolk Man Awarded OBE in New Year Honours

Posted by K Pulford on Tue, 2nd Jan 2018


It is with pleasure that we can announce that SFHS member, Roy Tricker has been awarded the Officer of the British Empire in the New Year's Honours list for services to Heritage. He is an enthusiastic historian of Suffolk Churches and has written many books on the subject.

Latest Baptism Index CD

Posted by Webmaster on Mon, 18th Dec 2017

We’re pleased to announce the second of our CDs of Dunwich Deanery baptisms. This one for ‘phase 2’ spans the years 1754*-1812* and fills an important gap in our records for the NE of the county.

Dunwich Deanery covers a large area and, for phase 2, comprises 47 Anglican parishes centred in an arc around the ancient port of Dunwich from Benacre in the north to Cratfield in the west and Aldringham in the south. 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 Suffolk Record Offices or from homes around the country and overseas, who’ve made this possible.


Dunwich Baptisms 1754-1812

Lowestoft Group Now on Facebook

Posted by K Pulford on Fri, 1st Dec 2017

The Lowestoft Group now have a Facebook presence thanks to the efforts of Sue Barnard. There are also Facebook sites for Havehill, Ipswich and West London Groups. We are also in the process of establishing a Society level page.

Double triump for our Haverhill Group

Posted by D A Howlett on Thu, 26th Oct 2017

Our Haverhill Group  are currently holding an Autumn exhibition which focuses on "Haverhill People"
The exhibition is on display until the 3 November at the Haverhill Arts Centre.
Over sixty invited guests attended the opening night of the exhibition which was officially opened by the Haverhill Town Council Mayor, Councillor David Roach.

Friends at the Haverhill and Local District History Group also entered into the sprit and have put on an excellent display of artefacts connected with local people. 
For further details of the opening hours please refer to the Haverhill Group webpage.

Haverhill Group receives recognition
John Burns and Tony Brown, Borough councillors, recently rewarded the 
Haverhill Group with a Community Award which is given to groups or people in acknowledgement of their work in the Community. In a short informal ceremony before the Town Council Meeting John Burns said that the award was for all the good work done by the Haverhill Group and their involvement within the community of Haverhill.
Our Haverhill Group have every reason to be proud of this recognition.


East Anglia One Archaeology Open Days

Posted by K Pulford on Fri, 13th Oct 2017

Fiona Lister - Outreach Officer writes on behalf of Wardell Armstrong Archaeology who are hosting two Open Day events during the October Half Term week. The first is being held at Claydon Village Hall on Saturday 21st October 10-4pm. The event focuses on the archaeological excavations that surround the East Anglia One wind farm development. As well as archaeologically themed games and activities for the children, archaeologists who have excavated on sites that surround the village of Claydon will be at hand to talk about their findings and show you some of the artefacts that have emerged over the past few months of excavations.

Our second open event will be held at Tuddenham St Martin Village Hall on Wednesday 25th October 10-4pm

 Admission is free. Teas and Coffees shall also be available.

Please do not hesitate to contact her on the details provided if you require further information at Lister, Fiona <flister@wardell-armstrong.com>



Posted by Geoffrey Dennish on Wed, 4th Oct 2017

Saturday 30th September saw members of the Society gather at the University of Suffolk’s Waterside Building in Ipswich for the Annual General Meeting, which was again this year held concurrently with our Annual Fair.

 At the 2016 AGM there had been no volunteers to take over the Chairmanship from Doug. Howlett - who retired after six years in office - or to fill the also vacant post of Vice-Chairman.

 The Trustees therefore continued to run the society with the Chair, for the time being, rotating between members of the board. It was also decided that complete responsibility for key areas of the society’s activities would be taken on by individual Trustees.

 Two Trustees, Judith Rye and Alan Bumpstead, also retired this year, by rotation, and both were willing to stand for re-election.

 Acting Chairman for 2016-7, Alan Bumpstead reported upon progress made during the year with the Trustees objectives and was pleased to announce that following the revision of the duties of the Chairman, Doug. Howlett had agreed to offer himself for re-election and that Kevin Pulford was willing to serve as his Vice-Chairman.

 The well-attended meeting unanimously elected Both Doug. and Kevin and also re-elected Judith and Alan to serve as Trustees.

 A more complete report of the AGM and of the Fair will appear in the December issue of Suffolk Roots

Suffolk Local History Council Conference

Posted by K Pulford on Fri, 1st Sep 2017

The suffolk Family History Society is a member of the SLHC so if you are a member of the society you can attend for free.

The Plans for The Hold on Display

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 16th Aug 2017

The plans of a new centre for the Suffolk Archives and Record Office will be displayed between the dates of 20th August and 20th September at the following sites.

  • University of Suffolk (Waterfront Building - where it will be accompanied by a 3D model also)
  • The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
  • Sudbury Library
  • Stowmarket Library

Online at http://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk

It has also been suggested that there may be displays at Lowestoft and Haverhill.

This will be followed by the formal planning application consultation from September 26th onwards.

This is your chance to see what is being proposed  for the new record office and how it may effect you.

Concept sketch of the foyer area of The Hold)
Concept sketch of the foyer area of The Hold