Suffolk Roots

is published quarterly and posted free to members.

The society's journal aims to provide a means permanently to record the experiences and lives of Suffolk families and the county as they knew it.

It provides an opportunity to share hitherto unpublished pictures of Suffolk-past from your family archives.

Each journal has a “theme" in addition to articles on all aspects of genealogy.  For March the theme is Maritime Suffolk and in June it will be Beerhouses, Pubs, Inns and Hotels.

A Help Required section seeks information from readers on those people, places and photographs which you are finding difficult to research. If you have had no response to a query posted in the Forum on this site, a query in the journal may reach a different group of potential helpers - and you can include photographs of people and places for whom identity or location are proving to be a puzzle.

Contributions to the journal of readers' memoirs and pictures on any genealogical matter; the writer’s family research; life in historic Suffolk or relating to the theme of a forthcoming issue are always welcome.

Members are invited to send in suggestions for future themes.



This Maritime Suffolk themed issue comprises 88pp just a few of which are reproduced below

  Writing articles for Suffolk Roots

Articles are usually strongly linked to the county of Suffolk and its people but can also be on any genealogical topic of interest to SFHS members.

Sending handwritten or typewritten text is perfectly OK - 'though a MS Word or similar file is helpful. As all articles are recomposed to fit the Suffolk Roots page design at the editing stage, you don't need to worry about the typeface or page layout.

But please send your illustrations and text in separate files.

Do remember to quote your membership number when submitting your article so those readers who may have information to pass on to you, or questions to raise, can contact you through the society.

If you wish, you can add your email or postal address or your phone number but this is not essential.

Sending illustrations

Pictures, family-trees, photographs and drawings, whether in colour or black and white are very welcome. Photographs should be high definition jpg files (i.e. at least 300dpi). Remember that anything dowloaded from the internet will probably be only 72 dpi which is fine for viewing on a screen but will appear very 'blocky' on the printed page and thus detrimental to the maintenace of a 'quality' publication.

The journal is keen to print those unpublished photographs of historic Suffolk which are hidden away in your family collections. If damaged pictures need to be retouched for publication, we'll send you a new print!


If your article includes photographs or long quotations from another publication you should seek permission from the author to use them unless the original material is beyond the copyright expiry date. Reproducing a short extract is usually deemed not to require permission, providing it is accredited to the original author. 

ALWAYS PLEASE REMEMBER to send your illustrations separately from the text

Sending the text and pictures together in a single file complicates both the editing and the printing processes and in some circumstances may result in rejection of the article for practical reasons.

 If you would like to contribute to an issue of Suffolk Roots, send your text and pictures  by mail or by email to:-

Geoff. Dennish
Editor, Suffolk Roots
12 Hall Road : Chilton Hall
Stowmarket : Suffolk
IP14 1TN