Introduction

 

A market town for almost 1000 years, Haverhill still hosts a provisions market each Friday and Saturday throughout the year. Haverhill was recorded in the Domesday survey in 1086, but archaeological evidence shows that both Stone Age man and the Romans thought this valley a good place to settle.

The town thrived through its textile industry notably in the 19th century when it became a significant centre for the making of "drabbet" smocks for the agricultural workers. In 1856, D Gurteen & Sons built a factory with 32 power looms driven by steam.

 

 

 

Although they had been in the town since the 1780s, the new factory brought expansion and the town became prosperous. It almost doubled in size between 1851 and 1901, bringing new houses, factories, schools, churches and public buildings to make it a complete Victorian town.

In the late 1940s, Haverhill was named an "expansion town" by the Haverhill Urban District Council and Greater London Council. The population quadrupled between 1951 and the present time and Haverhill continues to grow, with new facilities and new housing. It is a forward looking town with a strong sense of community and an active Town Council

 

 

Programme

The Haverhill group usually meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Old Independent Church Hall, Hamlet Road, Haverhill, CB9 9EF. (unless stated otherwise). Click here for directions

Meetings usually start at 7.30pm. Admission £1.00 for SFHS members, £2.50 for visitors. Tea/Coffee included.
Library of local and family history books available for free loan and opportunity to search SFHS data for Suffolk ancestors.

Coach Trips to major record offices, including the London Metropolitan Archives, National Newspaper Library and the National Archives at Kew, and national museums.

Annual Walk around a local village for a guided tour of historical interests, tracing our ancestors' footsteps, even to the local hostelry!

Help Sessions are held weekly Wed 2-4pm at the Library, Camps, Road, Haverhill, CB9 8HB with free guided access to Ancestry.com, Find My Past and more.


To book your place at the Library phone 01440 702638

Wednesday
Afternoons
2 - 4pm
Help with YOUR Research - at Haverhill Library (CB9 8HB)
Guided use of the Internet, especially for newcomers or those 'stuck' phone 01440 848095 to book your place

Newsletter

Click Here to download our latest news.

Links

FHF Newsletter - Family History Federation - February 2021 edition

Family History (Haverhill) Group - Facebook page

Haverhill UK - local census, baptism, burial & other records posted by the Haverhill Group

Haverhill & District Local History Group - Haverhill Local History Centre is a resource and study centre for Haverhill and surrounding villages.

Haverhill Old Independent Church - The United Reformed Church at Haverhill, locally known as the Old Independent Church, (OIC)

Contact

Secretary: Charmian Thompson
5 Hadrian Close,
Haverhill,
Suffolk, CB9 0NH

or by Email:  haverhill@suffolkfhs.org.uk  to our Secretary

Last Modified on 28/02/2021 by B and C Thompson

News

Innkeepers and Gamekeepers: Tracing My Wandering A

Posted by B and C Thompson on Tue, 2nd Mar 2021

THURSDAY 11th MARCH at 7.30pm

A Zoom Presentation by Kate Hurst who traced her ancestors back from Retford in Nottinghamshire, to Haverhill, in Suffolk and a story of gamekeepers, cricket matches, aristocratic employers and some very nice country estates began to unfold.

Kate is Chair of Ormskirk and District Family History Society and a Freelance Genealogical Researcher. She was commissioned to provide some information relating to the episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ about Sir Ian McKellen and has appeared on local radio as well as contributing an article for the Family Tree Magazine.

A free event, members and non-members are  welcome to join us. To Register for the presentation CLICK HERE

Haverhill Group's March 2021 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 28th Feb 2021

Haverhill Group's March 2021 Newsletter now available to view. Can be found at the bottom of this page, the ’Events’ page or follow the link on the 'Introduction' page.

UNDERSTANDING PARISH RECORDS

Posted by B and C Thompson on Thu, 25th Feb 2021

If you’re curious about parish records then this pre recorded video presentation by Myko Clelland (FindmyPast) will explain what you need to know to explore Parish records.

Open to members and non-members, there will be a chance for discussion afterwards.

Thursday 4th Feb 2.30pm…This is a free event.

To register for this meeting click here:-

https://us02web.zoom.us/.../tZMscOuhrzstE9yiKmBAN8WLOd36t...

20 UNMISSABLE RESOURCES FOR TRACING BRITISH AND IR

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 19th Feb 2021

FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH ZOOM MEETING - 20 UNMISSABLE RESOURCES FOR TRACING BRITISH AND IRISH ANCESTORS,

Thursday 25th Feb 2.30pm

If you’ve got British or Irish ancestors, this video presentation by Findmypast offers 20 must-search record collections for British Isles family research. Find out about them with Alex Cox and Niall Cullen

Open to members and non-members, there will be a chance for discussion afterwards.

 To register for this meeting click here:-

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvcOusrDgtG90j4VmyJ-nbaTMsPvuch6oX

 

 

 

FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH ZOOM MEETING

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 12th Feb 2021

PROVEN METHODOLOGY FOR USING GOOGLE

Chance to watch a video presentation by Lisa Louise Cooke who will bring method to the madness of millions of results with a tried and tested methodology for using Google in family history research. You should be inspired to use Google for your online searches and armed with strategies to do so successfully.

Open to members and non-members, there will be a chance for discussion afterwards.

Thursday 18th Feb 2.30pm To register for this meeting click here:-

Click here to join

Nursery Rhymes - They are not all what they seem!

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 7th Feb 2021

Thursday 11th February at 7.30pm. Register for the talk by clicking this link:-

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88931508863?pwd=SytLK0c4WFphN21CTkZuYUp4bVAwUT09

Passed on down through the generations from parents to children, nursery rhymes have been part of our childhoods and those of our own children and grandchildren.

Many nursery rhymes are just little ditties to amuse children, but others have more dramatic and hidden meanings or are veiled commentaries about political events and people in power, using subtle references and clever word play. Some nursery rhymes have it all, like a good film: royal scandal, illicit love affairs and bloodshed.

Join us to find out who Little Boy Blue really was; and why Mary, Mary was Quite Contrary. You may be surprised and even a little shocked at what you are really saying when you recite nursery rhymes to children.

Haverhill Group's February 2021 Newsletter

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 31st Jan 2021

Haverhill Group's February 2021 Newsletter now available to view. Can be found at the bottom of this page, the ’Events’ page or follow the link on the 'Introduction' page.

Nursery Rhymes - They are not all what they seem!

Posted by B and C Thompson on Tue, 26th Jan 2021

We recently had the pleasure of presenting our talk 'Nursery Rhymes - They are not all what they seem!' to members of the Haverhill U3A using the Zoom platform. Well over 50 people joined us for this presentation which was well received. My thanks to all our members that took part in the presentation.

We are repeating the performance on our normal meeting night Thursday 11th February at 7.30pm. Register for the talk by clicking this link:-

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88931508863?pwd=SytLK0c4WFphN21CTkZuYUp4bVAwUT09

Research your Family Tree

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 24th Jan 2021

Following our succesful Zoom presentation 'HOW TO CLIMB YOUR FAMILY TREE'  we have programmed a series of Zoom meetings every Thursday at 2.30pm starting on the 4th February to help with Family History research. More details will follow on facebook and/or in our monthly newsletter.

HOW TO CLIMB YOUR FAMILY TREE

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 2nd Jan 2021

HOW TO CLIMB YOUR FAMILY TREE - Saturday 23rd Jan 2021 at 3pm

If you are just starting out or perhaps you need a bit of inspiration, why not join this on line presentation via the Zoom Platform.

Email  brian@suffolkfhs.co.uk for the link to join which will be emailed back a couple of days before the event.

To attend a "Zoom" meeting, you will need to install Zoom on your computer, tablet or mobile device. Do not be put off, it is a simple task.

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
23/01/2021Open Day - HOW TO CLIMB YOUR FAMILY TREE - Online via Zoom
Zoom presentation for those starting out in Family History 3pm
Ourselves
11/02/2021Nursery Rhymes - They are not all what they seem!
Zoom Presentation
Ourselves
11/03/2021Innkeepers and Gamekeepers: Tracing My Wandering Ancestors
Zoom Presentation - Kate traced her ancestors back from Retford in Nottinghamshire, to Haverhill, in Suffolk and a story of gamekeepers, cricket matches, aristocratic employers and some very nice country estates began to unfold.
Kate Hurst
08/04/2021The Historic Bells of Old London Town
Zoom presentation
Ourselves
13/05/2021AGM followed by The Story of William Wakeling Boreham
Zoom Presentation
Ourselves
10/06/2021Pie 'n' Mash & Prefabs
Norman Jacobs
18/09/2021Open Day
at Haverhill Library (CB9 8HB) 10am – 3pm (TBC)
Ourselves
09/12/2021Christmas Quiz
A light-hearted social evening with refreshments
Ourselves

Contact

For further details on the programme you should contact

Secretary: Charmian Thompson
5 Hadrian Close,
Haverhill,
Suffolk, CB9 0NH

or by Email:  haverhill@suffolkfhs.org.uk  to our Secretary

Group Contact

Secretary: Charmian Thompson
5 Hadrian Close,
Haverhill,
Suffolk, CB9 0NH

or by Email:  haverhill@suffolkfhs.org.uk  to our Secretary

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