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 - March 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 26/03/2021 by B and C Thompson

News

Ancestry Top Tips and Hot Keys – Genealogy Gems

Posted by B and C Thompson on Fri, 9th Apr 2021

The Family History Group in Haverhill resume their series of research help sessions on the 15th April at 2.30pm with a pre-recorded presentation ‘Ancestry Top Tips and Hot Keys – Genealogy Gems’.

Join us to listen to Lisa Louise Cooke who will explain how to make the most out of your family history research time by providing quick and easy to use research techniques on Ancestry.

THESE POPULAR FREE ‘ZOOM’ EVENTS ARE OPEN TO ALL. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE:- https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkduisrjgrEtIxyfPL90euxAIf3WPfwYUJ

 

THE HISTORIC BELLS OF OLD LONDON TOWN

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 3rd Apr 2021

THURSDAY 8TH APRIL 7.30PM. A FREE TALK, OPEN TO MEMBERS AND NON MEMBERS ALIKE.

LISTEN TO MANY INTERESTING HISTORICAL STORIES, MANY OF WHICH HAVE A LOCAL CONNECTION.

TO JOIN US PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE BY CLICKING HERE - 

HTTPS://US02WEB.ZOOM.US/.../TZMKDE-TQZOPHNYP5AMMGU...

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‘SOCIAL HISTORY FOR GENEALOGISTS’

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 27th Mar 2021

WE CONTINUE OUR SERIES OF RESEARCH HELP SESSIONS WITH A PRE-RECORDED PRESENTATION ‘SOCIAL HISTORY FOR GENEALOGISTS’ ON THE 1ST APRIL AT 2.30PM 

JOIN US TO LISTEN TO MICHAELA HULME WHO WILL EXPLAIN HOW TO ADD HISTORICAL CONTEXT TO YOUR FAMILY TREE.

THESE POPULAR FREE ‘ZOOM’ EVENTS ARE OPEN TO ALL. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE

Digging for Historical Records on FamilySearch

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 20th Mar 2021

Join us to watch a pre-recorded presentation - Digging for Historical Records on FamilySearch with Sunny Morton. FamilySearch is arguably the world’s biggest free online portal to genealogical records. However, it’s easy to miss some of its valuable content. This beginner-friendly lecture should also help experienced researchers to understand why Family Search is organized like it is—and to find records they may be missing.

Family Search is a free to use resource.

To Join register by clicking here
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UNCOVERING FAMILY STORIES WITH NEWSPAPERS

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sun, 14th Mar 2021

FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH ZOOM MEETING - UNCOVERING FAMILY STORIES WITH BRITISH AND IRISH HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS Thursday 18th MARCH 2.30pm… Join us to watch a pre-recorded video presentation by Myko Clelland who looks at local and national historic newspapers, covering 300 years of history to inspire you to use newspapers to add stories to the names on your family trees.
This is a free event, open to members and non-members of the Family History (Haverhill) Group. There will be a chance for discussion afterwards. To register for this meeting CLICK HERE:- 

Haverhill ‘Who Lived Here’ exhibition

Posted by B and C Thompson on Sat, 6th Mar 2021

Haverhill ‘Who Lived Here’ exhibition

Sadly the FAMILY HISTORY GROUP'S 2020 exhibition ‘Who Lived Here’, which focused on property in the town and a peek at the people who in their own way made a contribution or influenced our lives over the years, had to be postponed because of the Pandemic. Some of the buildings are still here, some long gone. We hope that restrictions ease and that we will be able to display the posters later this year. In the meantime, they can be viewed on our PROJECTS section of follow this link: Who Lived Here? - SFHS - Suffolk Family History Society (suffolkfhs.co.uk)

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

 

 

 

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
14/10/2021The History of Spoken English
Joint Meeting with Haverhill L/H Group
Charlie Haylock
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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