Introduction

Ipswich, which claims to be the oldest continuously inhabited town in England, is located on the estuary of the River Orwell, which has always been important in the story of the town. A small harbour, behind what is now the home of Ipswich Town Football Club, was used by the Romans for trade and the Vikings raided the docks area, around 1010.
King John gave the town its Charter in 1200. The town flourished in the Tudor & Elizabethan era, with the Wool Trade, when Christchurch Mansion and other fine buildings were erected creating much of the street pattern around The Butter Market which survives to this day, along with some 650 listed buildings.
The Victorian era brought more prosperity and the building of new wet docks, then the largest in Europe, and the first public museum in the country which opened in 1847 (rebuilt in 1881).
The industrial revolution saw the rise of farm machinery manufacturers, such as Ransomes and Garretts, which hastened the exodus of many former agricultural workers to the town. The population increased six- fold in the 19th century, rising to 66,000 and doubled in the 20th century.

Meetings

Ipswich has much to offer those researching their 'family trees' and also gives the excuse of having a pleasurable day out.

Our monthly meetings WERE held at:

The Pioneer Hall 
The Co-Op Education Centre,
11, Fore Street,
Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1JW.

 HOWEVER - Just as the first COVID Lockdown happened we were negotiaiting with The Salvation Army to hold Future Meetings at The Salvation Army Citadel, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

We are still awaiting confirmation of when our Meetings there will start.... So watch this space!

We arrange a varied programme of interesting talks and guided visits which are open to members and visitors alike, especially newcomers, who'll receive a warm welcome.

 The talks cost £2 entrance (£2.50 for non-members). Sometimes Meeting entry may rise to £3 per head for members, £3.50 for non-members - if the Speaker is coming some distance.

Those with problems with their research find it useful to chat to others at the meeting, about their "brickwalls". Informal help often results from this.

We can provide, if you contact us first, for meetings, a laptop computer, with some of the Society's CD's and other resources, as outlined on the Publications page. This facility can be requested at a meeting, for viewing at the following meeting.

Alternatively, feel free to contact us beforehand if you'd like to request a resource or need advice so we're best placed to help you when you come to the meeting.

We have also started to hold informal Research Help meetings - which talk place on a Friday afternoon in the middle of Ipswich. We will have to "book you in" so if you want to know more - e-mail publicity@sfhs.org.uk

Links

Ipswich Record Office - The 'must do' place to visit/contact for all your family & local history needs; holding an amazing range of information about the history of Suffolk and its people.

 Ipswich Tourist information Officewho also arrange guided walks with Blue Badge Guides [May-Sept].

Ipswich Museum - has a timeline on events in the Town, plus many treasures.  Also use the same web link to find out about Christchurch Mansion - a Fine Tudor mansion STUFFED with amazing itmes - located in a Grade 1 STAR listed Park, Christchurch Park

Contact

Mrs Jenny Rawlinson (Ipswich Branch Secretary)

10, Carlford Court,

112, Parliament Road,

 Ipswich IP4 5EL  

01473 902367

e-mail: jennyrawlinson@hotmail.com
or
Howard King (Chairman)
01473 274300
or by Email: publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Last Modified on 24/11/2020 by Howard L King

News

Ipswich Group Newletter Jan 2022

Posted by Howard L King on Tue, 4th Jan 2022

January 2022 Ipswich Group Suffolk Family History Society Newsletter

Hello again,

Firstly Happy New Year – I hope that you had a good Christmas…..

I have a friend who loves strolling footpaths in the Ipswich area.

Crossing a local field he had never traversed before – he spotted a Well in a corner.

Always a dreamer – he wondered how deep it was – so, picking up a stone, he dropped it in… and could hear no splash….

Thinking it was really deep, he thought to drop a larger stone to make a bigger splash.

Looking around – there were only pebbles.

He spotted an old heavy railway sleeper… so he picked it up he staggered to the well, and dropped it in… he heard a kerfuffle behind him, and looking around, saw a large Billy Goat charging, head down, to ram him up the bottom.

He said he managed to move and the Goat shot past him, and disappeared down the Well.

Thinking he had better leave before something else happened he walked on.

Walking back across the same field later on there was a farmer looking somewhat puzzled….

“Have you seen my prize Billy Goat?” said the farmer “I always have him on a long chain attached to an old railway sleeper, as he keeps escaping!”

My old friend thought he had better depart once again.

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On Wednesday 1st December, we were delighted to welcome Nicky Reynolds with her lively story about the “Soil Cinderellas” better known as The Women’s Land Army, which, we learnt, was loosely based on a similar scheme in the Great War. Suffolk played a major part in this scheme.

Her fascinating talk, based on many years of research, had us engrossed.

Nicky is putting together a display to be staged later in 2022, in “The Hold” Suffolk Archives building on Suffolk Waterfront.

As often happens – a talk resonates with members of the audience. The last picture Nicky showed included the Mother of a member of the audience, that the family had never seen.

Other audience members told Nicky stories of “Land Army “ members of their families.

We are expecting a similar reaction or two at our next Meeting (5th January)… I have already had phone calls asking about this talk…

So read on………….

Ipswich Group Meetings.

I have spoken to both the Speaker, and the Salvation Army Hall co-ordinator – and YES – the 5th January Talk is on.

The seating area has been extended by opening up a folding wall at the rear. So there is more room to spread about.

We will have hand sanitiser available, and if weather and the building permits, we will open a window or two.

I have also asked if they have an Audio Loop for those hard of hearing to use….

Apparently there is one – the coverage is not uniform – so you may need to try picking up the signal in a few places in the Hall ?

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Wednesday January 5th at 7:30 p.m., one of our own members, Linda Sexton, will present a talk with a very local flavour.

Her talk “Suffolk Children in Care “ tells the story of St Johns Home, which was located in the Freehold Road and Britannia Road area of Ipswich. A part of the Home is still in Britannia Road.

The home helped thousands of children over the years get a better life. Some ended up in Manchester, others in Leicester.

When she presented her talk about the Hope House orphanage in Foxhall Road, we had a really large audience – this talk will probably attract a similar turnout!

Linda has written a book about this home – she will bring copies along.

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Wednesday 2nd February at 7:30 p.m.

Andrew Beale (well known for his team’s work on The Ipswich War Memorial project)  presents: “100 Years of the Royal British Legion” – this will also cover the work of Collectors and Fund Raisers in Suffolk.

So if your Family has been involved with the Royal British Legion – do come along and share your stories

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Wednesday 2nd March at 7:30 p.m.

Eric Thorndyke presents his illustrated talk “Ipswich, Old and New”. Time for a bit of nostalgia!

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Wednesday 6th April at 7:30.

Ruth Silburn, who lives very locally – will tell the story of her role and experiences of being a Local History recorder – with a look at her patch, with some stories  –  of Rushmere, just up the road from the Hall.

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If (heaven forbids) a Meeting has been cancelled due severe weather – or another Lockdown… I will send out an e-mail updating you. Also I will attempt to get a message on BBC Radio Suffolk during the afternoon of the Meeting. I can be contacted on my home phone number – 01473 274300 – but do not leave this to the last minute

If you hear or read nothing – assume all is well, and the Meeting is going ahead.

This, and all Meetings, will take place at:

The Salvation Army Ipswich Citadel,

556, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich IP4 4PH – where we have hired the large and comfortable Hall.

There is a large Car Park at the rear – and you can enter the Citadel from this Car Park.

Entry is £2 for Society Members, £3 for non-members. Pay on the Door – there is no need to book in advance.

Please send/forward this information to other friends etc

Society on-line ZOOM Talks:

If you are not yet set up to view ZOOM talks – you can download the Free software by going to: www.zoom.us/download

The is also an option available if you have an Apple Mac.

As an Experiment – all our ZOOM talk at the moment are FREE to ALL – so family or friends can just Register to view them.

Thursday 20th January at 7:30 p.m.

Emma Roodhouse – Curator of Fine Arts – Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service.

An illustrated talk which includes looking at some of the lesser known, but still fascinating, Suffolk Artists”.

This is tied into a major new Exhibition at Christchurch Mansion which starts shortly… entitled “Creating Constable” – explore the early Suffolk influences and personal friendships that created Constable the artist.

Featuring artworks by John Constable, George Frost, Thomas Gainsborough, and Elizabeth Cobbold and more.

To register for this talk – click on https://tinyurl.com/Suffolk-Artists

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Saturday 29th January at 10:00

Myko Clelland of Find My Past “Introducing the 1921 Census of England & Wales”

He will give us a useful guide to using and getting the most out of the 1921 Census release which happens on 6th January – which is only available to view by subscribing on Find My Past. I think you can subscribe to use Find My Past one month at a time, and there are often free access weekends that coincide with Bank Holidays.

To register for this talk – click on https://tinyurl.com/Suffolk-FHS-1921-Census

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Saturday 12th February at 12 noon.

Judith Rye presents: “The Hervey Family and Ickworth House” (near Bury St. Edmunds).

Saturday 2nd April at 12 noon

Colin Chapman (well known and accomplished Speaker on all things genealogical, and former President of the Family History Federation) presents:

“The Lusitania Disaster and the Suffolk disaster”

The liner Lusitania was sunk by a German Submarine in The Great War to the South of Ireland. Over 1000 civilians ( many American) drowned. This event was to push America into joining Britain in fighting the Germans.

The Event had a great impact on Suffolk – and Colin unveils what this impact was.  

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The BUMPER December issue of “Suffolk ROOTS” should HAVE arrived for paid up members by now.

If it has not, please e-mail membership@suffolkfhs.org.uk

A couple of Society members have Microfiche Readers they no longer need – would any of you like to have one?

If so please sing out – you will have to arrange collection.

 

In last months Newsletter, I mentioned that I have forwarded to the Suffolk Roots Editors, some annotated School Photos (sent to me by Ipswich Group Member John Barbrook).

The Editors have decided to do a special feature in a future Suffolk Roots, using some images.

Do you have any school photo’s you consider interesting.

If you do have some – especially if the people in the picture are known… please send them to editor@suffolkfhs.org.uk

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On a similar vein – the Society – some while back – asked members to submit interesting family Photo’s – we have now had a mass of pictures – many annotated.

Do you have any you want to share?

We will need to have your permission to store and use them. Please tell us what the pictures are about, with names if known, when taken and confirm your contact details.

We are now trying to work out how best to show and display them for the benefit of all.

Would one of you like to become a custodian of such images?

You may have to act as a contact point if other members are looking for images of certain people, places or events.

You will need to have some basic database experience.

If interested contact me.

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Some of you know that you can get copies of World War 2 Army Service records by applying on

www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records

However, if you have applied and have not received anything – or are thinking of applying… the service was closed during the Covid Lockdown and they are not dealing with any new requests until the backlog  is cleared – likely to take at least a year!

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If you want to research Institutional holdings, a good place to start is the Archives Hub, https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk

This includes descriptions of material for over 350 institutions in Britain – including several University Archive services.

For Ireland look at www.rascal.ac.uk and the Irish Archives research at www.iar.ie

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Most of you must be aware of The National Archives Discovery website.

This huge resource also covers over 2500 local archives across the UK.

Go to: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk

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Our Society – like most others across the UK, are members of The Family History Federation.

The Federation website is worth a look, at https://www.familyhistoryfederation.com

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All for now – have a pleasant, Happy and Healthy New Year

– with lots of great research successes!

From

Howard King

Howard King. Trustee of Suffolk Family History Society, and Chairman of Ipswich Group, Suffolk Family History Society.

e-mail: publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Telephone:-  074 234 047 04 NEW MOBILE NUMBER

                    01473 274300 landline

Registered Charity No 1087748         

Suffolk Family History Society Website: www.suffolkfhs.org.uk

December 2021 Ipswich Group Newsletter

Posted by Howard L King on Tue, 30th Nov 2021

Hello again,

I guess you are starting to think of Christmas… however there are some other things to consider before the big day………..

Next Wednesday 1st December, we are delighted to welcome Nicky Reynolds with her lively story about the “Soil Cinderellas” better known as The Women’s land Army, that played such an important role in feeding this country during World War 2”.

This will take place at:

The Salvation Army Ipswich Citadel,

556, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich IP4 4PH – where we have hired the large and comfortable Hall.

There is a large Car Park at the rear – and you can enter the Citadel from this Car Park.

Entry is £2 for Society Members, £3 for non-members. Pay on the Door – there is no need to book in advance.

Ever since I have been advertising this talk I have had lots of comments saying that this illustrated talk is one you should not miss.

The Following Day, 2nd December, we have one of our Society ZOOM Talks.

Ivan Bunn, who lives in Lowestoft – presents a fascinating talk entitled “Sailing the World with a Lowestoft Mariner”.

Ivan, who was involved for many years with the Ipswich Branch of Suffolk Archives, has used the opportunity to research not just this talk – but a lot of others, many with links to Lowestoft and the East Coast of Suffolk.

I have had some nice recommendations about this talk….

If you are not yet a members of the Society – as a Christmas gift – I can send you the link, but please do not ask at the last minute! My e-mail address for this is publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk

If you are not yet set up to view ZOOM talks – you can download the Free software by going to: www.zoom.us/download

The is also an option available if you have an Apple Mac.

Into the New Year:

Notes for new your Diaries…

Ipswich Group:

Wednesday January 5th at 7:30 p.m., one of our own members, Linda Sexton, will present a talk with a very local flavour.

Her talk “Suffolk Children in Care “ tells the story of St Johns Home, which was located in the Freehold Road and Britannia Road area of Ipswich.

The home helped thousands of children over the years get a better life. Some ended up in Manchester, others in Leicester.

When, she presented her talk about the Hope House orphanage in Foxhall Road, we had a really large audience – this talk will probably attract a similar turnout!

Wednesday 2nd February at 7:30 p.m.

Andrew Beale (well known for his team’s work on The Ipswich War Memorial project)  presents: “100 Years of the Royal British Legion”

Wednesday 2nd March at 7:30 p.m.

Eric Thorndyke presents his illustrated talk “Ipswich, Old and New”. Time for a bit of nostalgia!

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If (heavens forbid) a Meeting has been cancelled due severe weather – or another Lockdown… I will send out an e-mail updating you. Also I will attempt to get a message on BBC Radio Suffolk during the afternoon of the Meeting.

If you hear or read nothing – assume all is well, and the Meeting will go ahead.

Back to the Society ZOOM Talks:

Thursday 20th January at 7:30 p.m.

Emma Roodhouse – Curator of Fine Arts – Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service.

An illustrated talk which includes looking at some of the lesser known, but still fascinating, Suffolk Artists”.

This is tied into a major new Exhibition at Christchurch Mansion which starts shortly… entitled “Creating Constable” – explore the early Suffolk influences and personal friendships that created Constable the artist.

Featuring artworks by John Constable, George Frost, Thomas Gainsborough, and Elizabeth Cobbold and more.

Saturday 29th January at 10:00

Myko Clelland of Find My Past “Introducing the 1921 Census of England & Wales”

He will give us a useful guide to using and getting the most out of the 1921 Census release which happens on 6th January – which is only available to view by subscribing on Find My Past. I think you can subscribe to use Find My Past one month at a time, and there are often free access weekends that coincide with Bank Holidays.

Saturday 12th February at 12 noon.

Judith Rye presents: “The Hervey Family and Ickworth House” (near Bury St. Edmunds).

 

My version of The Twelve Days of Christmas… the 12 most excruciating Christmas Cracker jokes – the answers are at the foot of this newsletter….

  1. What does Santa Clean his Sleigh with?
  2. Why did the Turkey get into the pop-group?
  3. What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney?
  4. What would you sing to a snowman on his birthday?
  5. What should frogs wear on their feet?
  6. What has 4 legs but cannot walk?
  7. What athletes are always the warmest?
  8. Why was the snowman told off when looking at a lot of carrots?
  9. When is a pizza acceptable as Christmas food?

10) Why can’t Christmas Trees knit?

11) What did the burglar get who robbed an Advent Calendar Factory?

12)What do you call a three-legged donkey?

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The December issue of “Suffolk ROOTS” is with the printers and should arrive to paid up members in early January.

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You may recall in an earlier Ipswich Group Newsletter about the difficulty to get research access to “The Hold” on Ipswich Waterfront.

Ipswich Group member Jean Licence, also a Trustee of the Society, an Ipswich Group Committee Members – and the Society Librarian, ( a busy lady) tried to take some documents into the Hold where we have a small area for our own Library. Sadly she could not even get access to do that….

She says:

"With reference to my visit to the Hold today, Tuesday 16 November.
It seems that nothing has or will change in the foreseeable future in regard to visiting the Hold. 

Visits have to be booked a week in advance and all documents needed have to be booked to view at the same time.

No browsing is allowed and that includes our Library, I couldn't get near it.

I have taken three boxes of books home that need, at some point, to go down there, goodness knows when.
I did have a good look around the room, from my desk, and at the moment there are just 10 microfiche machines spread over 20 tables. I presume there will be more at some future date.  I think that the number of people allowed in is now eight instead of the six previously allowed.

So not a very good state of affairs at present, but there doesn't seem to be anything we can do about it."

One good point however, apparently their phone system is now working properly – so you can now phone them up.

I have wanted to go into “The Hold” and do some research with a guy I have been corresponding with. But you cannot currently research in pairs!

So, a bit of lateral thinking…… I suddenly remembered that are possibly some useful Books in the Reference Section of Ipswich Central Library in North Gate Street… Yes, there is some maps, Debrett’s Peerage, a Book version of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Crockfords Clerical Directory, and an Ipswich area Kelly’s Street Directory. “Who Was Who”, etc. The list goes on – so if passing why not have a look.

  • The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography  mentioned above, (which I think started in Victorian Times) has now gone on-line  at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (oxforddnb.com) – so it is more easily kept up to date and added to. It covers Over 60,000biographies, 72 million words, 11,000 portraits of significant, influential or notorious figures who shaped British history. They are even starting to turn some life stories into podcasts

You have to register – I know that a Suffolk Library Card Readers number works.

There is a smaller collection of useful books at the rear of Woodbridge Library, called “The Seckford Collection”. This is usually kept locked – so I presume you have to ask for access.

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Last Saturday I was privileged, with our Branch Treasurer Marion, and her Sister and Committee Member Valerie, the Memorial Service (which turned into a celebration) for our former Group Chairman Wynn Browes. There was a large congregation of friends, family (she has a large family of descendants), neighbours and older local leaders of the Girl Guide Community, as Wynn, as well as being a Nurse, was a Guide leader. It was nice to reflect on what a full and useful life Wynn had. Memories of Wynn will go on in the Community for a long time. I was proud to have known her.

One of our Ipswich Group members, John Barbrook, has been corresponding with me as he has school photos that relate to the school he went to – you know the sort of thing I mean.

He was lucky to have notes of who was who.

Do others of you have similar photos?

I am toying with the idea of putting some of them in The Ipswich area of the Society website.

It would be useful to know if any of you would like me to do this with one of your family’s school photo’s.

Some more useful web sites……

Charles Booth’s Poverty Map of London is often mentioned in talks about London History.

If you want to explore it yourself… look at https://booth.lse.ac.uk/map

For basic information and to start searching Scottish family histories go to:

Guides | ScotlandsPeople

Have you had a look at the British Library website… they hold many millions of books and documents, and even have a sound Archive. I believe they also hold the British/India collection.

Have a look at their website: https://www.bl.uk

You never know, you might find something related to a family members – and they are putting more and more on-line.
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What you have all been waiting for… Answers to the Christmas Cracker Jokes:

  1. What does Santa Clean his Sleigh with? Answer: Santa-tiser
  2. Why did the Turkey get into the pop-group? Because he was the only one with his own drumsticks!
  3. What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney? Answer: Claus-traphobia
  4. What would you sing to a snowman on his birthday? Freeze a jolly good fellow.
  5. What should frogs wear on their feet? Open Toad sandals.
  6. What has 4 leges but cannot walk? A Table.
  7. What athletes are always the warmest? Long jumpers…..
  8. Why was the snowman told off when looking at a lot of carrots? He was picking his nose!
  9. When is a pizza acceptable as Christmas food? When it is deep pan, crisp and even.
  10. Why can’t Christmas Trees knit? Because they keep dropping their needles!
  11. What did the burglar get who robbed an Advent Calendar Factory? 25 days
  12. What do you call a three-legged donkey?  A wonkey!

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All for now – have a pleasant, Happy and Healthy Christmas

From Howard King

01473 274300

howard.king1@outlook.com

Ipswich Group Newsletter November 2021

Posted by Howard L King on Mon, 1st Nov 2021

 

Hello again…..,

Future Ipswich Face to Face Group Events…… Continue in our new venue:

To repeat:

All these “live” meetings are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.,

The First Wednesday of the Month.

For those of you still unsure about mixing with others – we will be adopting Covid sanitation procedures.

The Hall we use is considerably larger then that we used at The Co-op Education Centre - so you can spread out

First to report:

On our Wednesday 6th October Meeting

Barbara McElroy gave us her fascinating talk all about “A Suffolk Bevin Boy” her Father. We all learnt a lot, even that Bevin Boys – sent down the mines in World War Two, included Eric Bartholomew (of course better known as Eric Morecambe) and Brian Rix (of the Whitehall Theatre Farces fame).

We learnt what an unpleasant time all the Bevin Boys had – and their efforts were never properly acknowledged until (many years later) they were awarded a badge – which they proudly wore. Sadly many had died by that time. They didn’t even get anything towards a pension!

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On Wednesday 3rd November – we move back even further in time……..

Stephen Andrews comes from Stowmarket to tell us all about “The Knights Templar”.

This is a topic that you may be slightly aware of, probably after seeing films like the Da-Vinci Code…. Come along and find out more….. I have had lots of expressions of interest in this talk – so do come along.

 

On Wednesday 1st December – we come forwards in time to World War 2 and even The Great War. .

Nicky Reynolds will give her highly entertaining talk about “The Soil Cinderellas” – or to be more accurate The Women’s Land Army. She comes with Uniforms and artefacts, to a Country and a time when industrious and energetic women really got stuck in to help stop our country starve.

Did you have a relative who was in the Land Army – I do!

 

Into January 2022…

On Wednesday 5th January, one of our own members, Linda Sexton, will present a talk with a very local flavour.

Her talk “Suffolk Children in Care “ tells the story of St Johns Home, which was located in the Freehold Road and Britannia Road area of Ipswich.

Part of the original Building in Britannia Road. The home helped around 400 children get a better life. Some ended up in Manchester, others in Leicester.

When, she presented her talk about the Hope House orphanage in Foxhall Road, we had a really good audience – this talk will probably attract a similar turnout!

 

All the above meetings continue in our new venue:

The Salvation Army Hall, 558, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PH

There is a large car park at the rear, and you enter the building at the back – look out for direction signs inside the building.

Our Meeting is in the Big Main Hall.

Entry is £2 for members, and £3 for non-members.

If you are not a member – we will have membership information at the Meeting.

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The Society ZOOM Talks continue to be very popular.

This  and this, and other initiatives has produced a lot of new members………

So, what is coming up…

FUTURE ZOOM TALKS: Are FREE For Members ONLY – however non-members can watch for £3 per talk.

If you know someone who is a non-member, and would like to use this option…. Please ask them to contact our Society Chairman Andy Kerridge on SuffolkFHSChair@outlook.com

 

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The Society AGM took part last Saturday 23rd October

There were no real surprises.

Andy, our Society Chairman, thanked three Trustees Arthur Bird, David Talmage and Gwyn Thomas who stepped down after serving the Society in Trustee roles for some years.

He also paid tribute to our former Suffolk Roots Editor Geoff Dennish who died a few months back.

Lifetime Membership was awarded to David Talmage for his work as the Society webmaster.

The Derek Palgrave Award was presented to Yvonne Hesketh for her many years help transcribing Suffolk parish Records – the results of which are now amongst those of others on our CD Roms and Downloads. 

Andy, in his Chairman’s reported on how well the Society was doing these days. Services to members have increased, and more is too come before too long. Look out for announcements in the next Suffolk Roots.

We continue to attract new members, and this boost, in these strange times, has been expanded by our use of ZOOM talks – which have been particularly welcomed by our members out of County – around the rest of the UK, and overseas – where the growth in members has been very encouraging.

Our Treasurer, Ken Finch, reported no issues or problems with the finances. He stated that the Society’s funds have increased perhaps more than normal, as understandingly the Suffolk and West London Group have not been staging meetings or booking Speakers – though Groups are now starting to re-open their face-to-face meetings.

The Society welcomes ideas from members to help us build up the Society even further, and we are looking particularly at trying to attract younger members.

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On the same day, Saturday 23rd October at 1:30 p.m.

We had a fascinating talk by Nick Barratt in which he presented

“Researching and Writing your Family History – the forgotten spy!” – weaving the talk around a very unusual family member of his … telling how he went about researching the story.

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Thursday November 4th at 7:30 p.m.

Especially staged in the run up to Armistice Day

Film Director and Producer Tim Curtis has kindly allowed us to specially stream the Film:

“Stanley’s War”

which dramatizes stories of love, love, and sacrifice, following the lives of Suffolk people during World War One.

The film recounts the true life experiences on the Western Front of Stanley Banyard, a farm hand from Ramsholt, and how he saved the life of his comrades, using skills learnt from a Suffolk gamekeeper.

The film also recounts the Great War experiences of The Pretty family,  especially Frank who was a Pretty factory owner in Ipswich. The tale includes the “forbidden romance” between Major Frank Pretty and Edith Dempster (later Edith Pretty of Sutton Hoo fame).

This was filmed in East Suffolk

NOTE - Since this film is a commercial product  –  to avoid any  copyright issues we will NOT be recording it, so please make sure you watch it on the day.

Andy will send out Login details to members to watch it.

The Producer and Director, Tim Curtis, has asked that we support

The Suffolk Punch Trust.

I am happy to give you the Suffolk Punch Trust Website:

https://www.thesuffolkpunchtrust.co.uk

I encourage you to go along to their site at Hollesley, near Woodbridge… for a lovely day out. You will also see some beautiful Suffolk Punch Horses – no a seriously endangered and rare species

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Thursday December 2nd at 7:30 p.m.

Below is a ZOOM talk that had to be postponed…. But now here it is:

Ivan Bunn presents the fascinating tale:

“Sailing the World with a Lowestoft Mariner”

all based on his extensive research –

 As well as being a lovely tale, it will give you ideas if you are going to research overseas members of your   

family tree.

Thursday 20th January at 7:30 p.m.

Another ZOOM talk by:

Emma Roodhouse – Fine Arts Curator of the Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service

Exact Title and Topic to be confirmed.

Hot off the Press:

At 12 noon on Saturday 12th February

we present on ZOOM:

Judith Rye – who will give an illustrated talk on “The Hervey Family  of Ickworth House”.

Other talks in 2022 are in preparation.

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For up-to-date details and any changes or additions to our ZOOM talks, – visit the “News” area of the Society website www.suffolkfhs.org.uk – or call Howard on 01473 274300.

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NOTE: We are always looking for ideas for Future ZOOM Talks, and also for Face to Face Talks suitable for our Monthly Meetings

… so, if you have any ideas for talks (even better if you have a Speaker in mind).

Do please let me know

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It’s Quiz time.

1) If you had a Dulcimer, would you eat it, play it, or ride on it?

2) If you found a Melolontha Melolontha, or a May Bug in your Garden or even indoors…. What are these called in Suffolk?

3) On a vehicle where are you likely to find something like this: 193/60 R15 94W

4) On a similar theme, car tyre pressures used to be Lbs/Square inch. What is used these days?

5) What year did The Battle of Blenheim take place (you can have 5 years either way).

6) What was the first Passenger Liner sunk in the Second World War by a German U Boat?

7) What is the more normal name of a “Snapdragon”

8) According to the TV Adverts at the time, what did “R. Whites” make?

9) Where in East Anglia could you find “The Devils Dyke?”

10) On a similar vein….. Where could you find DoggerLand?

11) What is the energy value of food measured in?

12) Where is the largest Freshwater Lake in the British isles?

13) Where in Ipswich is Wolsey’s Statue?

14) If someone is called “Peggy” what is her proper name likely to be?

15) On what day was the 1921 Census taken?

16) BCE in dates stands for?

17) On what side of the road do you drive in Japan?

18) What is the oldest part of The Tower of London?

19) How many ½ pennies were in £3 pounds. pre-decimalisation.

20) What ZOOM film is being presented on the Society website on Thursday 4th November at 7:30 p.m.

Talking of films…

I understand that a company who owned a small cinema chain was thinking of setting up a season of Horror Films (including The Hammer Horror Films) over the Halloween period.

Their advertising team created the list and sent it to their website manager and printers by e-mail…

Sadly the message got scrambled, due I guess to the auto-correction facility in their Publishing Programme – so the Film listing came out as:

“Nightwear at Elm Street”

“Quiteamess and the Pith”

“The Devil Rides Gout”

“The Bridge of Dracular”

“Purse of the Werewolf”

“Never Take Tweets from a Stranger”

“The Dummy” (one for young children)

“The Plaque of the Zombies” one for dentists I guess!

“The Texas Chain Saw Massager” In which I suspect a masked man goes on the rampage giving sudden back rubs to members of the community.

I did find a film that looks like it was actually made:

Poultrygeist: The Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)

In which Zombified Chickens attempt to kill the fast food workers that cook them in a restaurant built on an ancient burial ground!

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On a more serious note…..

I have been talking to someone, who would be coming some distance, who has been trying to book a place at “The Hold”

So I think it is useful for me to repeat what I said last month…. Basically I understand that nothing has changed as yet.

The new Suffolk Archive Centre “The HOLD” on Ipswich Waterfront is ­NOW OPEN Monday To FRIDAY

BUT is closed Wednesday and Sunday.

Do keep looking at their website www.suffolk.archives.co.uk/lates for up to date information.

My understanding is that bookings will be reduced for a while – while they get used to the booking in system.

I recommend that you book a slot well before going, currently you have to book over a week in advance – you can’t just turn up and expect to look at the Archives.

All items you want to expect to look at must be booked in advance – even something like a Kelly Directory, for which you must even specify the town and year!

Two people cannot work together on searching documents or even looking together at a Microfilm or Fiche reader.

So its ONE PERSON AT A TIME

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We, your Society, have been an active member of The Family History Federation for many years.

They are staging another “Really Useful Family History Show” taking place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st November.

Go to their website to find out more about the Federation…… have a look at:

https://www.familyhistoryfederation.com

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More useful Websites:

I have been wanting to look at Kelly’s Directories, but being unable to get into “The Hold”

I thought it worth looking on the web to see if I can find them elsewhere.

I did find that The University of Leicester has free access to Historical Directories of various types across the country…… but only has a small sample for each town or area of the country. However, beggars cannot be choosers.

So go to  Historical directories | Archives and Special Collections | University of Leicester and have a look.

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If you think you have some rogues in the family who ended up in the slammer…..

Have a look in Our Criminal Ancestors on:

https://ourcriminalancestors.org/

If you have reason to think you had a witch in the Family in Essex….

Look at www.witchtrials.co.uk/names.html

On the other hand – perhaps your Ancestor was of a more godly demeanour:

If so Crockfords Clerical Directory on:

https://www.crockford.org.uk is probably the best way to start researching them.

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Quiz time Answers.

1) If you had a Dulcimer,would you eat it, play it, or ride on it?

Answer: Play it – it is a musical instrument, which gives a rather pleasant sound.

2) If you found a Melolontha Melolontha, or a May Bug in your Garden or even indoors…. What are these called in Suffolk?

Answer: A Billy Witch This handsome chap is the Common cockchafer, also referred to as the May bug, the Spang beetle or the Billy witch. These beetles usually appear around late April – early May and can frequently be seen and heard flying into lit windows and even lamps indoors!

3) On a vehicle where are you likely to find something like this: 193/60 R15 94W

Answer: on the rim of your Tyres… to ensure the correct replacements are fitted.

4) On a similar theme, car tyre pressures used to be Lbs/Square inch. What are used these days?

Answer: Bar (for instance 1.5 bar = 21.7 psi).

5) What year did The Battle of Blenheim take place ( you can have 5 years either way). Answer: Battle of Blenheim, (Aug. 13, 1704), the most famous victory of John Churchill, 1st duke of Marlborough, and Eugene of Savoy in the War of the Spanish Succession. The first major defeat that the French army suffered in over 50 years, it saved Vienna from a threatening Franco-Bavarian army.

6) What was the first Passenger Liner sunk in the Second World War by a German U Boat?

Answer: The Athenia. The first shots of the Battle of the Atlantic was fired on September 3rd 1939, by Fritz Julius Lemp of U-30, a Type VIIA U-boat while on patrol in the north-western sector of Ireland. When France and Great Britain declared war on Germany, Hitler was still hopeful of a diplomatic resolution.

7) What is the more normal name of a “Snapdragon”?

Answer: Sometimes also called “dogs mouth or lions Mouth, the botanical name of this vigorous perennial is Antirrhinum Majus.

8) According to the TV Adverts, what did “R. Whites” make?

Answer: lemonade.

9) Where in East Anglia could you find “The Devils Dyke?”

Answer: Devil's Dyke or Devil's Ditch is a linear earthen barrier, thought to be of Anglo-Saxon origin, in eastern Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. It is now also a 98 acre (39.8 hectare) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest.

10) On a similar vein….. Where could you find DoggerLand?

Answer: Doggerland (also called Dogger Littoral ) was an area of land, now submerged beneath the southern North Sea, that connected Great Britain to continental Europe. It was flooded by rising sea levels around 6500–6200 BCE.

11) What is the energy value of food measured in?

Answer: The Calorie. the energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water through 1 °C, equal to one thousand small calories and often used to measure the energy value of foods.

12) Where is the largest Freshwater Lake in the British isles?

Answer: In Northern Ireland, Covering a surface area of 392km 2, Lough Neagh is the largest lake by area in the British Isles. It holds a volume of 3.528km 3 of freshwater, reaching as deep as 25 meters.

13) Where in Ipswich is Wolsey’s Statue?

Answer: The statue of Cardinal Wolsey is located at the junction of Silent Street and St. Peter's Street in Ipswich town centre. It’s near the spot where Wolsey is believed to have grown up.

14) If someone is called “Peggy” what is her proper name likely to be?

Answer: Margaret. Peggy as a girls' name is pronounced PEH-gee. It is of English and Greek origin, and the meaning of Peggy is "pearl". Nickname of Margaret.

15) On what day was the 1921 Census taken?

Answer: The 1921 census was taken on the 19th of June 1921 at a time when the population for England and Wales stood at over 37 million.

16) BCE in dates stands for?

Answer: Before the Common Era (used of dates before the Christian era, especially by non-Christians) – Howard says : more political correctness in action I guess – like actresses being called “Actors”.

17) On what side of the road should you drive in Japan?

Answer: generally speaking  Cars drive on the left side of the road and have the driver's seat and steering wheel on their right side.

18) What is the oldest part of The Tower of London?

Answer: The White Tower is the oldest part of the Tower of London, and it's actually the oldest intact building in London. It was the first bit of the tower to be built by William the Conqueror, partly to subdue Londoners.

19) How many ½ pennies were in £3 pounds. pre-decimalisation

Answer: 720 pennies = 1440 half pennies.

20) What ZOOM film is being presented on the Society website on Thursday 4th November at 7:30 p.m.

Answer: “Stanley’s War” – don’t miss it!

 

Lastly – a date for your diaries…

The eagerly awaited 1921 Census is being released on “Find MY Past” –

on Thursday 6th January… What’s the bet that the site crashes!

All for now…..

See you at our Wednesday 3rd November Meeting at The Salvation Army Citadel.

ALL FOR NOW

Regards,

Howard King. Trustee of Suffolk Family History Society, and Chairman of Ipswich Group, Suffolk Family History Society.

e-mail: publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk

 

Telephone:-  074 234 047 04 NEW MOBILE NUMBER from June 2021

                    01473 274300 landline

Registered Charity No 1087748         

Ipswich Group News - October 2021

Posted by Howard L King on Tue, 5th Oct 2021

Hello All of you,

Firstly, I sincerely thank Peter Durrell for his talk: “All about Heraldry”, which he gave last month

He had problems with his laptop screen, which he manfully tried to tackle – however I know that we all learnt something about this fascinating topic. Well done Peter for a brave attempt despite the problems.

Future Ipswich Group Events……

Continue in our new venue:

The Salvation Army Citadell,

558 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. IP4 4 PH

There is a large car park at the rear - then enter the Building via a rear door - (LOOK FOR THE SIGN) 

OUR MEETINGS TAKE PLACE IN THE LARGE hALL - AT THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING

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All these “live” meetings are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.,

The First Wednesday of the Month.

For those of you still unsure about mixing with others – we will be adopting Covid sanitation procedures.

The Hall we will be using is considerably larger then that we used at The Co-op Education Centre

  • so you can spread out

Wednesday 6th October:

Barbara McElroy gives us:

“The Bevin Boys”

Men who went to War, and, surprisingly for some, ended working in Coal Mines around the country.

I have heard this talk – and learnt a lot about what these men (quite a few from Suffolk) went through.

This whole story has been little told – and Barbara tells the tale as her father was a Bevin Boy!

I have heard this talk – and thoroughly recommend it.

On Wednesday 3rd November – we move back even further in time……..

Stephen Andrews comes from Stowmarket to tell us all about “The Knights Templar”.

This is a topic that you may be slightly aware of, probably after seeing films like the Da-Vinci Code…. Come along and find out more…..

On Wednesday 1st December – we go to World War 2 and even The Great War. .

Nicky Reynolds gives her highly entertaining talk about  “The Soil Cinderellas” – or to be more accurately The Women’s Land Army. She comes with Uniforms and artefacts, to a Country and a time when industrious and energetic women really got stuck in to stop our country starve.

Did you have a relative who was in the Land Army – I do!

All the above continue in our new venue:

The Salvation Army Hall, 558, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PH

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Our busy group Secretary Jenny and I are now working on finding Speakers for 2022.

If you have any ideas for talks – or details of potential Speakers – do not be shy, spill the beans!!!

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The September issue of the Society Journal, “Suffolk Roots” should have reached all members by now.

If yours has not reached you yet – let me know and I will see what has happened to your copy.

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The Society ZOOM Talks continue to be very popular.

This  and this, and other initiatives has produced a lot of new members………

So, what is coming up…

FUTURE ZOOM TALKS: Are FREE For Members ONLY – however non-members can watch for £3 per talk.

If you know someone who would like to use this option…. Please ask them to contact our Society Chairman Andy Kerridge on SuffolkFHSChair@outlook.com

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I must mention the

“THE HISTORY OF THE SUFFOLK POLICE FORCE”.

ZOOM Talk which took place on 23rd September

Two former Suffolk Police Officers Eric Hopes and Les Jolly

discussed some

notable dates and events of the Suffolk Police

with their views and experiences in the force up to the 1990s.

Their talk, done with them both in front on one laptop, was really good,

and they did not use slides – just holding up police artefacts to illustrate various points,

proving that a talk does not always need slides to be both entertaining and informative.

If you missed it this talk is on our website in the members area for a short while

– scroll down to:

“Watch Videos of Family History Lectures”.

 Now ZOOM TALKS COMING UP

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Saturday 23rd October at 12 noon.

The Society AGM

Open to members only, who will be sent logging in details.

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On the same day, Saturday 23rd October at 1:30 p.m.

We are very lucky to have Nick Barratt

(Highly regarded and well known Speaker all across the British Family History Scene –

and very involved in “Who Do You Think You Are?” series from its start…).

He will present “Researching and Writing your Family History – the forgotten spy!” – weaving the talk around a very unusual family member of his … how he went about researching the story.

THIS TALK IS OPEN TO Members , (and Non-members on the payment of £3 per view).

Once again logging on details will be sent to members.

For non members – details are on the society website: www.suffolkfhs.org.uk look in the NEWS area.

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Thursday November 4th at 7:30 p.m.

Especially staged in the run up to Armistice Day

Film Director and Producer Tim Curtis has kindly allowed us to specially stream the Film:

“Stanley’s War”

which dramatizes stories of love, love, and sacrifice, following the lives of Suffolk people during World War One.

The film recounts the true life experiences on the Western Front of Stanley Banyard, a farm hand from Ramsholt, and how he saved the life of his comrades, using skills learnt from a Suffolk gamekeeper.

The film also recounts the Great War experiences of The Pretty family,  especially Frank who was a Pretty factory owner in Ipswich. The tale includes the “forbidden romance” between Major Frank Pretty and Edith Dempster (later Edith Pretty of Sutton Hoo fame).

This was filmed in East Suffolk

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Thursday December 2nd at 7:30 p.m.

Below is a talk that had to be postponed…. But now here it is:

Ivan Bunn presents the fascinating tale:

“Sailing the World with a Lowestoft Mariner”

all based on his extensive research –

 As well as being a lovely tale, it will give you ideas if you are going to research overseas members of your family tree.

Thursday 20th January at 7:30 p.m.

Emma Roodhouse – Fine Arts Curator of the Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service

Exact Title and Topic to be confirmed.

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For up-to-date details and any changes or additions to our ZOOM talks, – visit the “News” area of the Society website www.suffolkfhs.org.uk – or call Howard on 01473 274300.

NOTE: We are always looking for ideas for Future ZOOM Talks, and also for Face to Face Talks suitable for our Monthly Meetings

… so, if you have any ideas for talks (even better if you have a Speaker in mind).

Do please let me know

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It’s Quiz time.

I have been researching my father’s RAF Career in The Far East  in India and Ceylon…. He was a Wireless Operator and Air Gunner who flew in a Catalina PBY5A Flying Boat.

I have come across some battered copies of The A.A. (Anti Aircraft Brigade) “Parish” Magazine for dates in 1943.

In Vol 2 1943 is a quiz – see if you can get any of the questions right – you may need to Google some of the questions…..

Some of the questions were more pertinent at that time!

It starts by giving a “How brainy are you?”.

You score 2 points if you are correct.

1 point if you are sort of correct.

If you get 60 points – you are a liar.

45 or more – you are very clever

25-45 you are of average intelligence.

15-25 you are probably honest

Less than 15 you got the same as me. (said the Editor).

  1. What are Cuckoo Oats?
  2. What is the meaning  of “E and OE” in a document etc?
  3. During which months is it unwise to eat Oysters?
  4. What is meant by “Over the Sticks”?
  5. Where does the Roman Wall connect ?
  6. What is meant by counterpoint?
  7. Who is Christopher Robin?
  8. What is Chateau Yquem?
  9. What is the Dunmow Flitch?
  10. Who was Harry Preston?
  11. What is a “Coppers nark”?
  12. Which is the mezzanine floor?
  13. What is a palinode?
  14. What is a Jeroboam?
  15. What is a palimpsest?
  16. What is a clipper ship?
  17. How many acres are there in a square mile?
  18. What is the meaning of “evens on the field”?
  19. Where is Stilton
  20. What is there to see at Cheddar?
  21. Correct “ he is in the Coldstream’s”.
  22. What do they call whortle Berries in the Midlands?
  23. What is Bombay Duck?
  24. What is the purpose of a centre-board?

25)Who wrote “Gentleman prefer Blondes”?

26) How long is the Derby?

27) What was “Lewis Caroll’s” real name?

28) Where is “Thrums”?

29) How far is it from London to Edinburgh?

30) Is the trunk of a beech tree smooth or rough?

Answers at the Bottom of his e-mail.

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Talking to someone on-line – I was told that the persons family had lived at an address for over 200 years…

Surely I thought – they must be in the Guinness Book of Records… most of my immediate family  were dead by aged 85.

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First elephant: "I hear you've been trying to trace your ancestors on the internet.
Second elephant: "Yes, and it's a mammoth task.

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How does Moses make his coffee?

Hebrews it.

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You know you're getting old when your partner says, “Lets run upstairs and make love,"

and you answer, "I can't do both."

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For a period, Houdini used a theatre trap door in every single show he did…

It was just a stage he was going through.

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The new Suffolk Archive Centre “The HOLD” on Ipswich Waterfront is ­NOW OPEN Monday To FRIDAY

BUT IT is closed Wednesday and Sunday.

Do keep looking at their website www.suffolk.archives.co.uk/lates for up to date information.

I recommend that you book a slot well before going- AT THE MOMENT YOU HAVE TO BOOK A SLOT NO LATER THAN A WEEK AHEAD

My understanding is that bookings will be reduced for a short while – while they get used to the booking in system.

Similarly – they are restricting the number of documents you can book in advance.

You are advised to book documents in advance anyway.

           However, They are holding Events over the Summer, many Family orientated ………….            

–  do look at their website WWW.SUFFOLKARCHIVES.CO.UK/EXHIBITIONS

Just to repeat what I said in my last news Letter…..

they have taken much of the Bury St Edmunds Archive (documents etc) to the new Archive storage area at The Hold – as the storage facilities at Bury have been poor for many years – with some documents stored in a garage!

How Researchers will be able to access this information at Bury is still to be confirmed.

We (The Society) will be keeping an eye on what happens next to this relocated Archive.

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An update:

I have arranged a Discount Code for the next Family History Federation on line

“Really Useful Family History Show”

Sunday 21st November.

This will be on our website in the members only area from 1st October

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I will be meeting, next week in Ipswich, a descendant of:

wladyslaw ptaszynski,

(A Polish airman who was in the RAF in WW2, who settled in Ipswich after the war )

His  wife was  joan ptaszynska /nee holmes?

They lived in Ivry Street

He  was eventually much involved in The First Floor Club in Tacket Street in the 1960’s or so
He was  also the manager of a handicrafts shop in ipswich.

(I am aware of at least 2 that were in Ipswich) – were there others?)
Joan (nee Holmes) -  his wife. ran an employment bureau, and Joan's mother was at one time principal of a commercial school in ipswich in 1939 and her father was a jeweller.

If any of you can add anything else to this information – please get in touch with Me !

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More useful Websites:

In a Magazine was a question:

“I’ve downloaded my Great Grandfather’s unit regimental history from The national Archives (TNA) but its difficult to read. Is there anywhere else I can find a history?”

Answer:

“You could try signing up for a free account at Forces War Records (www.forces-war-records.co.uk), where you can search for your ancestors unit. If there’s a match, you’ll be given a summary of the unit’s history. It’s not as detailed as the records held at TNA, but you will see which battles and manoeuvres involving the unit.”

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Dead Fred – a Genealogical Photo archive….

Dead Fred - Free genealogy family history photo search by surname

You never know – worth a try……. An ancestor may be lurking there.

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It is always worth returning to: Cyndi’s List, as it continues to grow and update:

Welcome to Cyndi's List (cyndislist.com)

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Another site worth revisiting from time to time is GENUKI

GENUKI: Home page

Quiz time Answers.

You score 2 points if you are correct.

1 point if you are sort of correct.

If you get 60 points – you are a liar.

45 or more – you are very clever

25-45 you are of average intelligence.

15-25 you are probably honest

Less than 15 you got the same as me. (said the Editor).

  1. What are Cuckoo Oats? Answer: Oats Sown after April 14th
  2. What is the meaning  of “E and OE” in a document etc? Answer: Errors and Omissions Excepted
  3. During which months is it unwise to eat Oysters? Answer: From May to August inclusive.
  4. What is meant by “Over the Sticks”? Answer: Hurdling in a horse race.
  5. Where does the Roman Wall join ? It runs from Carlisle to Newcastle
  6. What is meant by counterpoint? A melody added as accompaniment to a given melody.
  7. Who is Christopher Robin? The hero of the children’s book “When we were very young.”
  8. What is Chateau Yquem? A rich white wine.
  9. What is the Dunmow Flitch? A prize (A Flitch of bacon) awarded to the most peaceful couple of the year.
  10. Who was Harry Preston? The proprietor of the Royal Hotel Brighton ( I would be amazed if any of you knew this!)
  11. What is a “Coppers nark”? A Police Spy.
  12. Which is the mezzanine floor? One between the Ground and First Floors in a building.
  13. What is a palinode? A recantation
  14. What is a Jeroboam? A very large bottle of wine.
  15. What is a palimpsest?  Writing over original writing.
  16. What is a clipper ship? A ship with forward raking bows and aft raking masts.
  17. How many acres are there in a square mile? 640 acres
  18. What is the meaning of “evens on the field”? Answer: An Even chance on any horse you like to back.
  19. Where is Stilton – in 1943 , Answer: was in Huntingdonshire – now in Cambridgeshire.
  20. What is there to see at Cheddar? Caves (and a Gorge)
  21. Correct “ he is in the Coldstreams”. Answer “He is a Coldstream”
  22. What do they call whortle Berries in the Midlands? Bilberries
  23. What is Bombay Duck? A Fish
  24. What is the purpose of a centre-board? To preserve equilibrium in a sailing boat.

25)Who wrote “Gentleman prefer Blondes”? Anita Loos.

26) How long is the Derby? 1 and a half miles

27) What was “Lewis Caroll’s” real name? Charles Dodgson

28) Where is “Thrums”? Kirriemuir

29) How far is it from London to Edinburgh? 392 Miles

30) Is the trunk of a beech tree smooth or rough? Smooth.

See you at our Wednesday 6th October Meeting at The Salvation Army Citadel.

ALL FOR NOW

Regards,

Howard King

Howard King. Trustee of Suffolk Family History Society, and Chairman of Ipswich Group, Suffolk Family History Society.

e-mail: publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Telephone:-  074 234 047 04 NEW MOBILE NUMBER

                    01473 274300 landline

Registered Charity No 1087748         

Suffolk Family History Society Website: www.suffolkfhs.org.uk

September 2021 Ipswich Group Newsletter

Posted by Howard L King on Mon, 6th Sep 2021

Hello All of you, forwarded for your information……

This was sent out a bit earlier than normal – because of our imminent Ipswich Group meeting on Wednesday 1st September

If you think of Anyone else who may wish to read this – please feel free to forward it to them.

Firstly something genealogical:

  1. “My husband calls cemeteries ancestor farms.”
  2. “I’m more interested in what happened in 1821, than what’s happening today  in 2021”
  3. Only a genealogist views a step backwards as progress.
  4. “I used to have a lot of free time… then I discovered genealogy.”
  5. …….“I want to find ALL of them! So far I only have a few thousand.”
  6. “I think my ancestors had several “bad heir” days.”

Wednesday 4th August – our visit to Shotley Church and the HMS Ganges Museum.

17 of us had a lovely evening – the weather was really nice, the scenery fascinating, and our hosts at Shotley Church and the extensive graveyards, followed by the ex-Sailors at The HMS Ganges Museum, were all very welcoming, knowledgeable and friendly.

 We then moved on to The  H.M.S.Ganges Museum at Shotley waterfront.

– It is rammed full of all sorts of Artefacts, stories  and photo’s – well worth a visit

Future Ipswich Group Events……

Our Meeting re-commence as below…. in our new venue:

The Salvation Army Hall, 558, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PH

All these “live” meetings are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., on the First Wednesday of the Month.

For those of you still unsure about mixing with others – we will be adopting Covid sanitation procedures.

The Hall we will be using is considerably larger then that we used at The Co-op Education Centre

  • so you can spread out

So, our GROUP Meetings, currently arranged are:

Wednesday 1st September, when Peter Durrell will present:

“All about Heraldry”

This promises to be a useful and fascinating talk, if, like me, you do a bit of “Church Crawling” – particularly if you think you have some historical aristocrat in your Family Tree!

Wednesday 6th October:

Barbara McElroy gives us:

“The Bevan Boys”

Men you went to War, and, surprisingly for most, ended working in Coal Mines around the country.

I have heard this talk – and learnt a lot about what these men (quite a few from Suffolk) went through.

This whole story has been little told – and Barbara tells the tale as her father was a Bevin Boy!

I have heard this talk – and thoroughly recommend it.

On Wednesday 3rd November – we move back even further in time…….. Stephen Andrews comes from Stowmarket to tell us all about “The Knights Templar”. This is a topic that you may be slightly aware of, probably after seeing films like the Da-Vinci Code…. Come along and find out more…..

On Wednesday 1st December – we go to World War 2 and even The Great War. . Nicky Reynolds give her highly entertaining talk about  “The Soil Cinderellas” – or to be more accurately. The Women’s Land Army. She comes with Uniforms and artefacts, to a County where these industrious and energetic women really got stuck in to stop our country starve. Did you have a relative who was in the Land Army – I do!

Our busy group Secretary Jenny and I are now working on finding Speakers for 2023.

If you have any ideas for talks – or details of potential Speakers – do not be shy.

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The September issue of the Society Journal, “Suffolk Roots” is out soon – so all you members look out for it!

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The Society ZOOM Talks continue to be very popular – and this, and other initiatives has produced a lot of new members………

So, what is coming up…

FUTURE ZOOM TALKS: Are FREE For Members ONLY – however non-members can watch for £3 per talk.

If you know someone who would like to use this option…. Please ask them to contact our Society Chairman Andy Kerridge on SuffolkFHSChair@outlook.com

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Thursday 23rd September at 7:30

  “THE HISTORY OF THE SUFFOLK POLICE FORCE”.

Two former Suffolk Police Officers discuss some

 notable dates and events of the Suffolk Police

with their views and experiences in the force up to the 1990s.                   

Do you have ancestors who may have been involved with the Suffolk Police Force?

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Saturday 23rd October at 12 noon.

The Society AGM

Open to members only.

More details in the next Ipswich Group Newsletter

On the same day Saturday 23rd October at 1:30 p.m.

We are very  lucky to have Nick Barratt

(Highly regarded and well known Speaker all across the British Family History Scene –

and very involved in “Who Do You Think You Are?” series from its start…).

He will present “Researching and Writing your Family History – the forgotten spy!” – weaving the talk around a very unusual family member of his … how he went about researching the story.

THIS TALK IS OPEN TO Members , (and Non-members on the payment of £3 per view).

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Thursday November 4th at 7:30 p.m.

Especially staged in the run up to Armistice Day

Film Director and Producer Tim Curtis has kindly allowed us to specially stream the Film:

“Stanley’s War”

which dramatizes stories of love, love, and sacrifice, following the lives of Suffolk people during World War One”.

The film recounts the true life experiences on the Western Front of Stanley Banyard, a farm hand from Ramsholt, and how he saved the life of his comrades, using skills learnt from a Suffolk gamekeeper.

The film also recounts the Great War experiences of The Pretty family,  especially Frank who was a Pretty factory owner in Ipswich. The tale includes the “forbidden romance” between Major Frank Pretty and Edith Dempster (later Edith Pretty of Sutton Hoo fame).

This was filmed in East Suffolk

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Thursday December 2nd at 7:30 p.m.

Below is a talk that had to be postponed…. But now here it is:

Ivan Bunn presents the fascinating tale:

“Sailing the World with a Lowestoft Mariner” all based on his extensive research –

 As well as being a lovely tale, it will give you ideas if you are going to research overseas members of your family tree.

Thursday 20th January at 7:30 p.m.

Emma Roodhouse – Fine Arts Curator of the Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service

Exact Title and Topic to be confirmed.

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For up-to-date details and any changes or additions to our ZOOM talks, – visit the “News” area of the Society website www.suffolkfhs.org.uk – or call Howard on 01473 274300.

NOTE: We are always looking for ideas for Future ZOOM Talks, and also for Face to Face Talks suitable for our Monthly Meetings

… so, if you have any ideas for talks (even better if you have a Speaker in mind).

Do please let me know.

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QUESTION TIME:

Second World War Acronyms and Codewords:

The British Armed Forces LOVED such things, however one is not strictly military:

1) What was F.I.D.O.? 

2)  What was “Overlord”? 

3) Before the Home Guard, what was The L.D.V? Answer: 

4) The Americans worked on Project Aphrodite – which was eventually abandoned. What was the idea?

5) What is/was SPAM?  

Music Hall/Variety stars – see if you can answer these questions with a bit of research….

6) What is Vesta Victoria’s real name? and what did she never get?

7) How was Daniel Patrick Carroll, 26 July 1927 – 31 May 2009 who loved dressing up – better known?

8) Where and When was Charles Spencer Chaplin born?

9) Definitely not allowed today… Who was “The Chocolate Coloured Coon?” 1882 - 1962

10) How is “The Wigan Nightingale” born  James Lawler Booth; 4 October 1875 – 8 February 1921) better known?

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The 1960’s and 1970’s – you may need to dig on these ones also…..

11) As the 1960’s arrived – who was British Prime Minister?

12) When was V.A.T. introduced in the U.K?

13) When was the worlds first Heart Transplant done and where?

14) What and when was The Beatles first number one?

15) What and When was The Aberfan disaster.

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Taking a leaf out of “Only Connect “ Some Suffolk Towns and Villages with missing vowels

– can you figure out which they are?

16) P - - S – NH – LL

17) M – LLD – NH – LL

18) FR – SS - NGF - - LD

19) - - ST B - RGH – LT

20) W - ST- RF - - LD

Answers at the Bottom of his e-mail.

The new Suffolk Archive Centre “The HOLD” on Ipswich Waterfront is due to open in September.

Do keep looking at their website www.suffolk.archives.co.uk/lates for up to date information.

           However, They are holding Events over the Summer, many Family orientated ………….                                                    – so also do look at their website WWW.SUFFOLKARCHIVES.CO.UK/EXHIBITIONS

Incidentally – they are now taking much of the Bury St Edmunds Archive (documents etc) to the new Archive storage area at The Hold – as the storage facilities at Bury have been poor for many years – with some (for instance) stored in a garage!

How Researchers will be able to access this information at Bury is still to be confirmed.

We (The Society) will be keeping an eye on what happens next to this relocated Archive.

Some useful Research websites.

(NOTE - I have NOT done in-depth research on these)

The American Library of Congress:

Click on:

Home | Library of Congress (loc.gov)

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Ancestry has a Free to view Index Collection – click on

Free Index Collections - Ancestry

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To read many Out Of Print BOOKs on GOOGLE:

Google Books

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LOOK AT (click on)

Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free & Borrowable Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine

A non-profit online library, Internet Archive contains books that can be read for free or borrowed online for up to two weeks.  This is a good place to look for a family genealogy book or local history book. Even school yearbooks and government documents can be found on this site. 

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Look out in the forthcoming Suffolk Roots for a Discount Code for the next Family History Federation on line “Really Useful Family History Show” taking Place on Sunday 21st November.

1) What was F.I.D.O.? Answer: Fog Intensive Dispersal Operation. A system which burnt petrol from punctured pipes around the edge of Airfields - to lift fog - a great killer - to allow bombers and fighters to land safely. RAF Woodbridge was one such airfield.

2)  What was “Overlord”? Answer: The Code for The Allied Invasion of Europe on 6th July 1944

3) Before the Home Guard, what was The L.D.V? The Local Defence Volunteers (sometimes disparagingly named “Look – Duck - and Vanish).

4) The Americans in East Anglia worked on Project Aphrodite – which was eventually abandoned. What was the idea of this project?

  • Aphroditeand Anvil were the World War II code names of United States Army Air Forces and United States Navy operations to use Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Consolidated PB4Y bombers as precision-guided munitions against bunkers and other hardened/reinforced enemy facilities, such as "Crossbow" operations against German long range missiles.

A Kennedy – who could possibly ended up as a U.S. president, died on one of these missions.

5) What is/was SPAM?     A canned meat product made mainly from ham. It obviously has a different meaning today, though I have seen one site where it said this meant “Specially Processed Argentinian Meat” – though I am not convinced !

Music Hall/Variety stars – see if you can answer these questions with a bit of research….

6) What is Vesta Victoria’s real name? and what did she never get?

Victoria Lawrence = Her Daddy wouldn’t buy her a bow-wow”

7) How was Daniel Patrick Carroll, 26 July 1927 – 31 May 2009 who loved dressing up – better known?

Danny La Rue was an Irish-English singer and entertainer, best known for his on-stage drag persona. He performed in drag and also as himself in theatrical productions, television shows and film.

8) Where and when was Charles Spencer Chaplin born?

Chaplin was born on 18 March 1863 in MaryleboneLondon

9) Definitely not allowed today… Who was “The Chocolate Coloured Coon?”

George Henry Elliott (3 November 1882–19 November 1962) was a British music hall singer and dancer. Known as "The Chocolate Coloured Coon", he performed with a painted brown face and dressed entirely in white: white top hat, white tail-coat which came down well below the knees, white gloves, white tie or cravat, white trousers, white shoes and white cane.

10) How is “The Wigan Nightingale” born  James Lawler Booth; 4 October 1875 – 8 February 1921) better known?

The stage name for the above was George Formby

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The 1960’s and 1970’s

11) As the 1960’s arrived – who was British Prime Minister?

Answer: Harold MacMillan

12) When was V.A.T. introduced in the U.K. – April 1st 1973

13) The world's first human-to-human heart transplant was carried out on Louis Washkansky in Cape Town on 3 December 1967, led by South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard. Mr Washkansky, 54, died of pneumonia 18 days late.

14) 'Please Please Me' was the Beatles first ever #1 on any chart, reaching the highest position on the UKs NME top 40 in February of 1963.

15) What and when was The Aberfan disaster was the catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip on 21 October 1966. The tip had been created on a mountain slope above the Welsh village of Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil, and overlaid a school and other houses.

Suffolk Towns and Villages with missing vowels:

16) P - - S – NH – LL = PEASENHALL

17) M – LLD – NH – LL = MILDENHALL

18) FR – SS - NGF - - LD = FRESSINGFIELD

19) - - ST B - RGH – LT = EAST BERGHOLT

20) W - ST- RF - - LD = WESTERFIELD

See you at our 1st September, and 6th October Meetings

ALL FOR NOW

Regards,

Howard King

Chairman, Ipswich Group

01473 274300

Ipswich Group News August 2021

Posted by Howard L King on Mon, 2nd Aug 2021

The year continues to fly by – so we are now nearly into August.

I send this message a bit sooner than usual… as I want to remind you all in good time about our first physical Ipswich Group activity for some while.

 

I still have places left for a rather Special Evening Out on Wednesday 4th August:

 Are you and any family members interested in the Evening Out I have arranged to visit: Shotley Church, with it’s very unusual Cemetery – which contains many Sailors who died in The Great War - as well as boy recruits from HMS Ganges – the Royal Navy Training Establishment for boy sailors……..

Also some German Sailors from the great War, and a special memorial to Royal Navy Submariners.

Also civilians with some who also endured the privations of being in the Shotley / Harwich Naval Base / Felixstowe area which was a prime target through two World Wars. A cemetery full of stories.

  • Wednesday 4th August.
  • Be at Shotley Church by 6:30 p.m.  For a guided visit to Shotley Churchyard in East Suffolk – probably the most unusual Churchyard in Suffolk, in a lovely location.
  • Then a guided Tour of The Church, with light refreshments (with a pot for donations for these refreshments).
  • Then – a Special Tour of the HMS Ganges Naval Training Museum – on the Waterfront at Shotley. A small museum – but rammed with exhibits.
  • For more details and to get on the list – call Howard on 01473 274300 A.S.A.P.
  • E-mail: howard.king1@outlook.com
  • Only 30 places – BOOK NOW. Please feel free to leave a message ON MY Ansaphone if I am out. I t would also be useful to have your favourite telephone contact number – with a mobile number if you have it, for the night of 4th August
  • No money to me, but each venue would like a donation, so do take some cash along.
  • On the night I will have my mobile 074 234 047 04 om – but be aware that the mobile signal is a bit patchy in the Shotley area.
  • For those that book early enough, I will e-mail a map and confirmation of details.

We restart our Monthly Meetings, at our new venue, on Wednesday 1st September… see below:

 

Ipswich Group – Suffolk Family History Society

Tel:

The Salvation Army Citadel, 558 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich

IP4 4PH

01473 274300

Start time:

7:30pm

Enquiries:

howard.king1@outlook.com

Entrance fee:

£2.00 members £3 non-members

Web:

www.suffolkfhs.org.uk (look under Groups) keep up to date via this website.

 

Please have the correct cash with you on arrival – as we would like to minimise the handling of cash at the door.

1 Sep

Weds

“The Story of Heraldry” By Local member Peter Durrell, who is Publisher for The Suffolk Heraldry Society which I joined in 1978 shortly after it started, and Heraldry Consultant for the Goss & Crested China Society.

6 Oct

Weds

“A Suffolk Bevin Boy” based on a true story of a conscripted Suffolk man in World War 2 who ended up down the mines. A rescheduled talk by Barbara McElroy

03 Nov

Weds

“The Knights Templar” by Stowmarket based Stephen Andrews. You will have heard of them – but perhaps only have a vague idea – come and find out the real fascinating story.

1st Dec

Weds

To be confirmed

 

Below is the List of Future – Highly Sucessful Society wide ZOOM talks – FREE to Members

 

Tel:

Howard King

All on “ZOOM” for members, non-members can view by paying £3

 

01473 274300

Start time:

varies

Enquiries:

howard.king1@outlook.com

Entrance fee:

Free for members

Web:

www.suffolkfhs.org.uk

Look on the “News” tab View before each talk for updates

23 Sep

The story of “150 years of the Suffolk Police Force”

Eric Hopes and Les Jolley

23 Oct

Society AGM at 12:00 noon -, members only

23 Oct

Researching and writing your Family History – the forgotten spy. At 1.30 pm

Nick Barrett (of “Who Do You Think You Are” fame. A well-known Speaker on all things genealogical.

4 Nov

Zoom premier of Tim Curtis’s Film “Stanley’s War” 7:30 p.m.

By Special arrangement with Tim.

2 Dec

“Sailing the World with a Lowestoft Mariner” 7:30 p.m.

Ivan Bunn – another rescheduled talk because of Covid.

Now, what you have all been waiting for……

My Monthly Quiz…. This time definitely General Knowledge…. Firstly 10 things that could be loosely described as genealogical….

1) What is Special about the Y-DNA test? 

2)Who owns and runs the “Family Search” website.

3) Where is probably the best place to go if you are researching a single surname?

 4)What is an Indenture?

5) Someone in your Family Tree may be called a Chiffoniere. If so, what was his trade or profession.

6) In a Court Case – who is the appellant?

7) What is the Central Criminal Court in London better known as?

 8) If someone in your Family Tree is described as “twice removed” what does that mean?

9) Where is the College of Arms – which can issue Coats of Arms for Britain (apart from Scotland), located?

10) How much does it cost to get a “normal” Birth, Marriage or Death Certificate theses days?

 11) Which is further South, London, Dublin, or Berlin?

 12) If someone describes themselves as being an agnostic – what does she/he believe?

 13) Who invented the first bio-Diesel Car and when?

14) What was the Greek God of music, poetry, art, oracles, archery, plague, medicine, sun, light, and knowledge (a busy guy!)?

15) You have probably eaten Cavatelli, Mafaldine, Gemelli and Pacheri – what is their more generic name!

 16) What are Thunder Clouds more accurately called?

 17) Hodmadods is a Suffolk name for something in your Garden. What are they more correctly/commonly called?

18) What is FORTRAN, PASCAL, JAVA and RUBY

 19) Which Country consumes the most Chocolate per head? (England, America, or Switzerland)

20) What Nationality were Donald Trumps parents?

The answers (and a repeat of the questions) is at the foot of thisNewsletter.                                                                                                   

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I have been informed once again the New Suffolk Archive Building (“The Hold” in Ipswich, on Ipswich Waterfront), is due to fully open to the public in September.

I have also been informed that, as the Bury Records Office is now choc-a-bloc, and that some of the storage facilities are now not up to the required standard – they will be moved, for safe keeping to the new Ipswich Building!

They have a substantial list of Events running up to 2022 – to find out more look at www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/lates

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In the June 2021 issue of Suffolk Roots, I mentioned how few Requisitioned Houses, and land was requisitioned by the Military and Governement Departments during the Second World War…. Have been recorded anywhere – BUT are probably in Family Stories and notes…

I recently had a response from a member – who now lives in Hampshire…

Hello Howard

I found your article about requisitioned houses during WW2 very interesting.

For some time, I have been a bit curious about such a house and wondered if you might have come across it.  Before an aunt of mine died she mentioned that Beacon House, Little Bealings, along the Martlesham Road (if you lived in Little Bealings) or the Bealings Road (if you lived in Martlesham) was used for billeting soldiers very early on in the war possibly doing training in the area.  I believe that the 2nd Hertfordshire Regiment may have been there.

I am not sure these soldiers were there for a long while as I am led to believe that they were military guards on board the “Arandora Star” transporting Italian and German internees and prisoners of war to Canada that was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic on 2nd July 1940.

I contacted the Little Bealings village recorder about this, but he was not aware of soldiers being billeted early in the war.  Do you know anything about Beacon House and the soldiers at this time?

Thank you for your time.

Veronica Watkins (membership number 604)

…………………………………………….Will this spark any future responses…….. from you out there?

Initially reply to me on publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk

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The recent Latitude Festival, near Halesworth in mid-Suffolk seems to have gone very well…

With this in mind I have come up with some other variants on the same theme…

Firstly though… One Definition of LATITUDE : The scope, full extent, measure of freedom from restriction in action or opinion”.

So, what about them staging the following?

LASSITUDE – for those who really can’t be bothered to go any Festival.

PLATITUDE – where are the Artists and performers are introduced with very trite and somewhat meaningless remarks.

MAGNITUDE – for the BIGGEST festival ever seen.

QUIETUDE – for an audience that does not like loud noises.

SPLATITUDE – for a weekend of Custard Pie Throwing.

FLAPITUDE – for an Audience who like to be in a permanent state of panic.

FLATITUDE – for those that don’t believe in a spherical planet.

Perhaps YOU can think of others……

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Some useful genealogical websites:

The General Records Office is the only site that has updated its database to add the mother’s maiden name to birth indexes registered before 1911 (it was only after 1911 that the maiden’s name was recorded on a Birth certificate by default.

Go to www.snipca.com/38735                                                                                                                                                                                  Log into your account or click on “Register as individual” (all searches of the birth index are free) Once logged in, click the “Search the GRO indexes” link to start. First select “Birth” then enter a date (approximate or specific for the person you are searching for”

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http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/index.shtml                                                                                                                                                           Search for your European Ancestors – from the aspect of American or Canadian researchers – but worth a look perhaps.

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For Researching Polish Ancestors

Use:  50+ Useful Websites for Polish Genealogy – From Shepherds and Shoemakers                                                                                                                                                   --------------------------------------------------------------------

Go to:   https://booth.lse.ac.uk/map/14/-0.1174/51.5064/100/0

for Charles Booths maps – based on his detailed research “Inquiry in Life and Labor in London 1886 – 1903”.

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ANSWER TO MY AUGUST QUIZ

1) What is Special about the Y-DNA test?

Answer: This contains the Y-chromosome, is found only in Males – and only follows the male line back into the past.

2) Who owns and runs the “Family Search” website.

Answer: FamilySearch is a non-profit organization and website offering genealogical records, education, and software. It is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and is closely connected with the church's Family History Department.

 3) Where is probably the best place to go if you are researching a single surname?

Answer: The Guild of One-Name Studies https://one.name.org

 4) What is an Indenture?

Answer: NOUN a legal agreement, contract, or document.

Verb: to bind (someone) by an indenture as an apprentice or labourer

 5) Someone in your Family Tree may be called a Chiffoniere. If so, what was his trade or profession.

Answer: Wigmaker. You could in days past, sell your hair at (say) a Town Fair – not that I would get much for mine ????

 6) In a Court Case – who is the appellant?

An appellant is someone who applies to a higher court to ask that court to review a decision that is made by a lower court. An appellant must show that he has sufficient grounds for an appeal, which are usually defined by the statute, to challenge a judgment.

7) What is the Central Criminal Court in London better known as?

Answer: The Old Bailey

 8) If someone in your Family Tree is described as being “twice removed” what does that mean?

Answer: Once removed means they’re one generation ahead of or behind you, and twice means they’re two generations apart from you. Your second – and even third – cousins will be in the same generation as you. Twice removed means that there is a two-generation difference.

9) Where is the College of Arms – which can issue Coats of Arms for Britain (apart from Scotland), located?

Answer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_of_Arms

Within the United Kingdom, there are two such authorities, the Court of the Lord Lyon in Scotland and the College of Arms for the rest of the United Kingdom. The College has had its home in the City of London since its foundation, and has been at its present location, on Queen Victoria Street, since 1555.

10) How much does it cost to get a “normal” Birth, Marriage or Death Certificate theses days?

Answer: You need to register on the General Register Office (GRO) website to get a copy of a birth, adoption, death, marrisge or civil partnership certificate in England and Wales. Order with the GRO index reference number. Certificayes cost £11 and are sent 4 days after you apply. If you don't have the GRO index reference number, you'll have to pay £3 extra for each search.

 11) Which is further South (London, Dublin, or Berlin) 

Answer: London

 12) If someone describes themselves as being an agnostic – what does she/he believe?

Answer: They claim that the existence of GOD cannot be known.

13) Who invented the first bio-Diesel Car and when?

Answer: prepare to be surprised…. In fact, Rudolph Diesel showed the first biofuel car engine, running on peanut oil, in Augsburg, Germany on August 10, 1893. Since then, August 10 has been known as International Biodiesel Day.

 14) What was the Greek God of music, poetry, art, oracles, archery, plague, medicine, sun, light, and knowledge ( a busy guy!)?

Answer: Apollo

 15) You have probably eaten Cavatelli, Mafaldine, Gemelli and Pacheri – what is their more generic name!

Answer: Pasta

16) What are Thunder Clouds more accurately called?

Answer: Cumulonimbus (from Latin cumulus, "heaped" and nimbus, "rainstorm") is a dense, towering vertical cloud, forming from water vapor carried by powerful upward air currents.

17) Hodmadods is a Suffolk name for something in your Garden. What are they more correctly/commonly called?

Answer: A Garden Snail

18) What is FORTRAN, PASCAL, JAVA and RUBY

Answer: Computer/Programming languages.

 19) Which Country consumes the most Chocolate per head? (England, America, or Switzerland)

Answer: Switzerland.

 20) What Nationality were Donald Trumps parents?

Answer: Despite some denial from the family for some while…… Trump is the son, and grandson, of immigrants: German on his father’s side, and Scottish on his mother’s. None of his grandparents, and only one of his parents, was born in the United States or spoke English as their mother tongue. (His mother’s parents, from the remote Scottish Outer Hebrides, lived in a majority Gaelic-speaking community.

ALL FOR NOW……

 

Howard King. Trustee of Suffolk Family History Society, and Chairman of Ipswich Group, Suffolk Family History Society.

e-mail: publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk

 

Telephone:-  074 234 047 04 NEW MOBILE NUMBER from June 2021

                    01473 274300 landline

Registered Charity No 1087748         

Suffolk Family History Society Website: www.suffolkfhs.org.uk

Ipswich Groups news July 2021

Posted by Howard L King on Tue, 6th Jul 2021

Hello again,

I hope that you are enjoying our lovely blazing hot Summer ?

Firstly, I must start with the visit I have arranged to Visit Shotley Churchyard and Church – and then The HMS Ganges Museum.

Because of Boris’s Lockdown extension, I an extremely grateful to both venues who have agreed to put back the Visit until the first Wednesday in August…

So please put this in your diaries , and make a booking with me for:

Wednesday 4th August – arriving at Shotley Church at 6:30 p.m.

I will send a final reminder out in my August Newsletter.

 

I have been working with our Group Secretary Jenny Rawlinson, on restarting our proper Group Meetings.

As most you will have spotted, these will now take place at The Salvation Army Hall, 558, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PH

All “live” meetings are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., on the First Wednesday of the Month.

So, our GROUP Meetings, currently arranged are:

Wednesday 1st September, when Peter Durrell will present:

“All about Heraldry”

This promises to be a useful and fascinating talk, if, like me, you do a bit of “Church Crawling” – particularly if you think you have some historical aristocrat in your Family Tree!

 

Wednesday 6th October:

Barbara McElroy gives us:

“The Bevan Boys”

Men you went to War, and, surprisingly for most, ended working in Coal Mines around the country.

I have heard this talk – and learnt a lot about what these men (quite a few from Suffolk) went through.

This whole story has been little told – and Barbara is doing her best to tell the tale as her father was a Bevin Boy!

 

The Society ZOOM Talks have proved to be very popular – and this, and other initiatives has produced a lot of new members………

So, what is coming up…                                         FUTURE ZOOM TALKS:

Thursday 1st July at 7:30

THE SUFFOLK LOCAL HISTORY RECORDERS SCHEME

(a very useful source of local Information) by Geoffrey Robinson.

These Recorders (one of our Ipswich Group members is a Recorder) can (and will be), producing a very useful factual base for those researching their Family Trees…….. which will include information on what was going on when their ancestors were in a particular village or parish.

Members will already be aware of, and be able to view this by viewing a separate e-mail from Andy Kerridge  that he sent out on 17th June.

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Thursday 22nd July at 7:30 p.m.

 Nigel Smith, area organiser of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale),

Editor of the local CAMRA magazine, and creator of a local pubs database presents:

THE STORY OF BEER AND BREWING IN SUFFOLK…. and will mention publicans and Pubs in Suffolk – which at one time numbered many hundreds.

Even before this talk has taken place, we have had enquiries about it, and offers from members who want to offer their researched ancestors who were Publicans, Brewers perhaps to go onto the CAMRA database.  

Members will already be aware of, and be able to view this by viewing a separate e-mail from Andy Kerridge  that he sent out on 17th June                     

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August – no ZOOM Talk this Month. Hopefully Bucket and Spade on the beach weather!

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Thursday 23rd September at 7:30

  “THE HISTORY OF THE SUFFOLK POLICE FORCE”.

By The Suffolk Police Museum.

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October

– Talks are being arranged – to coincide with our Society Annual General Meeting

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November –

Date to be confirmed – BUT SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL !

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December 2nd at 7:30 p.m.

This is a talk that had to be postponed…. But now here it is:

 

Ivan Bunn presents the fascinating tale:

“Sailing the World with a Lowestoft Mariner” all based on his extensive research – which will probably give you ideas if you are ging to research overseas members of your family tree.

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For up-to-date details and any changes or additions to all our ZOOM talks, – visit the “News” area of the Society website www.suffolkfhs.org.uk – or call Howard on 01473 274300.

NOTE: We are always looking for ideas about Future ZOOM Talks, and even Face to Face Talks suitable for our Monthly Meetings

… so, if you have any ideas for talks (even better if you have a Speaker in mind).

Do please let me know.

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On 29th June, I visited The Hold, it does look very smart, and has become a multi-purpose building. When I asked about when the facility will fully open – they are HOPING this will be in September.                                                                                                                                                                         However, they are starting to hold lots of Events over the Summer, many Family orientated – so do look at their website WWW.SUFFOLKARCHIVES.CO.UK/EXHIBITIONS

All you members should have received the June issue of “Suffolk Roots”.

I am sure you will agree with me that it is truly a bumper issue.

If you are an up-to-date member and have not received your copy – either call the membership Secretary on

Membership@suffolkfhs.org.uk

or let me know.

Twenty Questions:

The first five – a right royal set of Questions

Answers at the foot of this Newsletter so no peeking ????

  1. How many children did Queen Victoria have?

 2) What relationship was Victoria and Albert (her husband)

 3) A bit more difficult…..What relationship was Prince Philip to Queen elizabeth the second?

4) King Henry I of England is thought to have died from eating too many lampreys.
What are lampreys?

5) The Queen's private income is called the Privy Purse. Where does this money come from?

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A section on bridges

          6) What is the longest Bridge in Britain – perhaps not the one your expect!

7) Which was the first Iron Bridge, and where is it?

8) What is different about bridges at Moulton and Kentford – the only 2 of their type in Suffolk

9 What does Brunel’s Royal Saltash / Tay Bridge Bridge connect?

10) When you go up- river on the Orwell, from the sea, what is the second Bridge over the river called?

Music Quiz section:

11) Where was Harry Webb (Cliff Richard) born?

12) What is an ideophone called today?

13) Who was the partner of composer Arthur Sullivan

14) What is a Dulcimer?

15) What was Freddie Mercury’s actual name?

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Pot Luck

16)     What is the modern name for what was called Hibernia?

17) What name are French speaking people who live in Belgium called?

18)   What was (or is) a lighterman?

19) What country had the first universal suffrage?

20) Who Wrote “To a Mouse” in 1785

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The Society is still looking for volunteers/members to become Trustees, and Transcribers for Parish Registers and other documents, or to get involved with running local Groups. We are also looking for proof-readers for “Suffolk Roots”. If you fancy getting involved with any of the above – let me know.                 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thousands of records relating to crimes carried out between the years 1784 and 1939 - from rural poaching to highway robbery - have been added to FindMyPast.                                                                                                        The 800,000 newly digitised crime records in association with The National Archives, have been added to FindMyPast’s Crime, Prisons and Punishment collection, which now comprises 6.6 million records.

Some useful websites:

  1. Dating and Identifying Your Old Family Photographs - The Photo Managers - click on this link
  2. How To Preserve Old Photos - A Practical Guide (glowimagery.com)
  3. The Friends of the Suffolk Regiment: Click on:  The Friends Of The Suffolk Regiment - Welcome
  4.  Now: The Quiz again – with the answers:

  1. How many children did Queen Victoria have?

Answer: 9 , (Victoria, Edward VII, Alice, Alfred, Helena, Louise, Arthur,  Leopold, Beatrice)

 2) What relationship was Victoria and Albert (her husband)

Answer: They were first Cousins, sharing one set of Grandparents

 3) A bit more difficult…..What relationship was Prince Philip to Queen elizabeth the second?

  1. Answer: They are both Second and Third Cousins….. They are third Cousins through their descant from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Albert,. Elizabeth and Philip are also second cousins, once removed via their descent from King Christian IX of Denmark.

4) King Henry I of England is thought to have died from eating too many lampreys.
What are lampreys?

Answer: One of the most primitive vertebrates still alive today, the river lamprey is a small, eel-like fish with a toothed, suckermouth.

5) The Queen's private income is called the Privy Purse. Where does this money come from?

Answer: The Duchy of Lancaster

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A section on bridges

          6) What is the longest Bridge in Britain – perhaps not the one your suspect!

Answer: Bromford Viaduct (Length: 5600m – 18,372ft) The Bromford Viaduct carries the M6 motorway between Castle Bromwich (junction 5) and Gravelly Hill (junction 6) along the River Tame valley in Birmingham, England. This elevated stretch of motorway above the Tame itself is 3 1⁄2 miles long, which makes it the longest viaduct in Great Britain, being a quarter mile longer than the Second Severn Crossing.

7) Which was the first Iron Bridge, and where is it?

Answer The world's first iron bridge was erected over the River Severn at Coalbrookdale in 1779.

8) What is different about bridges at Moulton and Kentford – the only 2 of their type in Suffolk

Answer: They are both rare examples of packhorse Bridge.

9 What does Brunel’s Royal Saltash / Tay Bridge connect?

Answer: Devon and Cornwell

10) When you go up- river on the Orwell, from the sea, what is the second Bridge over the river called?

Answer: Stoke Bridge

Music Quiz section:

11) Where was Harry Webb (Cliff Richard) born?

Answer: He was born Harry Rodger Webb on October 14, 1940, at the King George Hospital, Victoria Street, in Lucknow, India, to Rodger Oscar Webb, a manager for a catering contractor that serviced the Indian Railways, and Dorothy Marie Webb (née Bhattacharjee). Rodger Webb was 17 years senior to his Anglo-Indian wife, Dorothy.

12) What is an ideophone called today?

A Xylophone could be called an Ideophone.
being an instrument the whole of which vibrates to produce a sound when struck, shaken, or scraped, also such as a bell, gong, or rattle.

13) Who was the partner of composer Arthur Sullivan

Answer: W.S. Gilbert and Sullivan refers to the Victorian-era theatrical partnership of the dramatist W. S. Gilbert (1836–1911) and the composer Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900) and to the works they jointly created. The two men collaborated on fourteen comic operas between 1871 and 1896.

14) What is a Dulcimer

Answer: Dulcimer,  a  flat stringed musical instrument, a version of the psaltery in which the strings are beaten with small hammers rather than plucked. Usually played horizontally.

15) What was Freddie Mercury’s actual name?

Answer: Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara in Stone Town in the British protectorate of Zanzibar (now part of Tanzania) on 5 September 1946. His parents, Bomi (1908–2003) and Jer Bulsara (1922–2016), were from the Parsi community of western India. 

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Pot Luck

16)     What is the modern name for what was called Hibernia?

Answer: Eire (official Irish name) -, or better known here: Ireland. 

17) What name are French speaking people who live in Belgium called?

Answer: Walloons

18)   What was (or is) a lighterman?

Someone who works on a flat-bottomed barge (a useful website for such things is: Old Occupations - L (rmhh.co.uk)       

19) What country had the first universal suffrage?

Answer: The first political entity to grant universal suffrage to all its population was the territory of New Zealand, in 1893. It was under British rule at the time, so it doesn’t truly count as a “country”. The second political entity was Finland, as an autonomous principality under Tsarist Russia.

20) Who Wrote “To a Mouse” in 1785

Answer: " To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough " (also known as just " To a Mouse ") is a poem written by Robert Burns. The poem was written in Scots in 1785. "To a Mouse" is about a young man who accidentally overturns the soil of a mouse ’s nest.

Look out for my Newsletter in late July/Early August.

June 2021 Ipswich Group News Letter.

Posted by K Pulford on Mon, 14th Jun 2021

Ipswich Group Newsletter June 2021

I hope you like my June offering…..

Firstly some Aviation related stories:

Believe it or not… in 2018 there were articles about passengers on United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Alaskan Airlines being allowed to take “emotional support animals” on board to help sooth the nerves of frightened passengers.

It did appear that Alaskan Airline even had miniature Ponies for this role…….

Seems a good idea – however what happens if the plane suffers an emergency landing, and the passengers have to evacuate down an escape chute. You would not want to be behind the Pony as its shoes are taken off!

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2) A bricklayer rushes into the office of a building site…

“Paddy has just jumped off the roof of the Building!”

“Why did he do that?” asked the site Manager…

“I don’t know” said the bricklayer… “All I said was that my during the war, my Grandad flew inWellingtons!”

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3) A blind man was talking to Fred in a pub…..

“I have just taken up sky-diving… “

Fred asked “How do you know when you are getting near the ground”

“ Easy”– says the blind man “– the dog’s lead goes slack!”

 

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An update on The Society ZOOM Talks

 

Recent Zoom Talks……….

On Saturday 8th May at 12 noon…. Eileen Blythe presented

“A Directory of Suffolk Millers from 1086 – 1986”.

She has produced a booklet, which you can purchase – but she has kindly offered us to put it in the Members Area of our website for free access.

 

Following on from this talk I have been corresponding with her, about a miller in my maternal Family Tree – as she also has done research on millers in the Sussex and Kent, which is still ongoing.

However, following a chance remark she mentioned another very active Group busy researching millers in other areas around the country. They have a very large archive…and is simply called The Mills Archive…

Websitehttps://new.millsarchive.org/search/?class=Mill2#

 

So I had a look and, yes there is a section on Suffolk……. which had (as I knew) a huge number of Mills, Wind powered, Water powered, or Steam powered.

Just in Ipswich there were 22 listed mills over the centuries.

As you may realise, Central Ipswich is built along the river, in a sort of bowl…..

Looks to me that most of the windmills were built on the slope on the edges of the town, to catch the wind.

Mills

Title

Location

County

Country

Power source

Type

Function

River

Albion Mills (North), Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill, Drug mill, Stick mill

Albion Mills (South), Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bank Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bellevue Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bishops Hill Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bolton Mill, Ipswich

Henley Road, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bramford Road Mill, St Matthews, Ipswich

St Matthews, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Tower mill

Corn mill

Cranfield's Flour Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Electricity, Steam

Roller flour mill

Corn mill

Eastern Union Mills, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Water

Watermill

Corn mill

Foxhall Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Halifax Steam Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Steam

Halifax Windmill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Handford Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Water

Watermill

Gipping

Ivy Street Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Corn mill

Lattice Lane Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Smock mill

Corn mill

Northill Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Tower mill

Corn mill

Smith's Mill, St Margarets, Ipswich

Woodbridge Road, St Margarets, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Smock mill

Corn mill

Smock mill, Rushmere St Andrew

Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Smock mill

Corn mill

Stoke Hill North Mill, St Mary Stoke, Ipswich

St Mary Stoke, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Stoke Hill South Mill, St Mary Stoke, Ipswich

St Mary Stoke, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Stoke Tide Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Water

Tide mill

Tuddenham Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

 

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On 13th May, Robert Halliday, has spent many happy hours  wandering around Graveyards across Suffolk. His fascinating talk, which included many photo’s, told us of the unusual ones he found, and has once again whetted my appetite to do more of my own churchyard explorations.

 

Future Society ZOOM Talks are listed below, and are usually only available for members.

We are considering opening up occasional ZOOM talks to all comers!

As further talks are arranged, they will be advertised in the NEWS area of our web site, and I will mention them in my Monthly Newsletters.

Andy, our busy Society Chairman, sends out links for each talk to paid up members, a short while before each ZOOM talk. He very recently sent out the latest link for next Thursdays (3rd June) talk.

Incidentally – the Society is looking for a ZOOM talk presenter – this will be their only role. Does anyone fancy having a go?

If so contact me……

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FUTURE ZOOM TALKS:

 

Thursday 3rd June at 7:30 p.m..

Joan Horton

Presents:

“Wills and Probate”

By Joan Horton

 

Using Joan’s earlier talk on the basics of DNA in Family History research – this talk will be a very useful talk on using “Will and Probate records for your researches. No doubt Joan will also use some interesting tales on the way.

Andy has recently circulated the log in details to members – so do look out for this information. If you cannot find it do look in your SPAM/Junk Folder!

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Thursday 17th June at 7:30 p.m.

“THE STORY OF THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT”

by Mark Forsdike.

Particularly useful if you had ancestors who served with “The Suffolk’s” or even if you want to find out more about our local heroes.

 

 

Thursday 1st July at 7:30

THE SUFFOLK LOCAL HISTORY RECORDERS SCHEME

(a very useful source of local Information) by Geoffrey Robinson.

These Recorders (one of our Ipswich Group members is a Recorder) can (and will be), producing a very useful factual base for those researching their Family Trees…….. which will include information on what was going on when their ancestors were in a particular village or parish.

 

 

Thursday 22nd July at 7:30 p.m.

“THE STORY OF SUFFOLK PUBS”,

presented by Nigel Smith (Chairman of The SuffolkCampaign for Real Ale = CAMRA)

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August – no ZOOM Talk this Month.

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Thursday 23rd September at 7:30

  “THE HISTORY OF THE SUFFOLK POLICE FORCE”.

By members of The Suffolk Police Museum.

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Future Society wide ZOOM talks are in preparation for the rest of the year, and look very promising.

 

For up-to-date details and any changes or additions to all our ZOOM talks, – visit the “News” area of the Society websitewww.suffolkfhs.org.uk – or call Howard on 01473 274300.

 

The June issue of your “Suffolk Roots” is due out very soon for all paid up members. It will be another bumper issue.

If you are an up-to-date member and have not received your copy by mid June – let me know.

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Your June Quiz.

Some questions may need a bit of research?

  1. Where in the U.K. are there Crown Dependencies?

 

2)What is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to it’s radius?

 

3)How long is a barleycorn? (an ancient measurement)

  1. What is the river that goes through Hadleigh?

 

  1. What is the engine used in most versions of the Supermarine Spitfire – and The Lancaster Bomber?

 

6) On a ship – what is the Load Line indicator known as?

 

7) Windspeed can be measured on the Beaufort Scale for measuring wind speed – what is a light Breeze given as?

 

8)  What is a pretty plant called “Dicentra spectabalis” more often called?

  1. Surnames often come from occupations – what was a “Wainwright”?

 

  1. The Military love abbreviations…. What does ELINT mean?

 

  1. Where in England can you find a County Archives called “The KEEP”?

 

  1. Before the Ipswich Hospital moved to its present site… where was it located?

 

  1. An ASTRACAN Coat is made from?

 

  1. We know of Sutton HOO – but what is a HOO?

 

  1. Who is the Society Membership Officer?

 

  1. A Suffolk Giant is buried in Newbourne Graveyard. What is his name?

 

  1. Where in East Suffolk can you find “Convalescent Hill?”

 

  1. Who developed Nylon?

 

  1. What are your finger nails and toe nails made of?

 

  1. How long does light take to reach the Earth from the Sun?

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Now: Ipswich Group News.

The group is starting to get back to Monthly Meetings etc…..

NOTE - Update at 14th June 2021 - If the latest instructions - sent out be the UK Government - changes everything _ I will reschedule the event - but DON'T SY

Ipswich Group Newsletter June 2021

I hope you like my June offering…..

Firstly some Aviation related stories:

Believe it or not… in 2018 there were articles about passengers on United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Alaskan Airlines being allowed to take “emotional support animals” on board to help sooth the nerves of frightened passengers.

It did appear that Alaskan Airline even had miniature Ponies for this role…….

Seems a good idea – however what happens if the plane suffers an emergency landing, and the passengers have to evacuate down an escape chute. You would not want to be behind the Pony as its shoes are taken off!

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2) A bricklayer rushes into the office of a building site…

“Paddy has just jumped off the roof of the Building!”

“Why did he do that?” asked the site Manager…

“I don’t know” said the bricklayer… “All I said was that my during the war, my Grandad flew inWellingtons!”

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

3) A blind man was talking to Fred in a pub…..

“I have just taken up sky-diving… “

Fred asked “How do you know when you are getting near the ground”

“ Easy”– says the blind man “– the dog’s lead goes slack!”

 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

An update on The Society ZOOM Talks

 

Recent Zoom Talks……….

On Saturday 8th May at 12 noon…. Eileen Blythe presented

“A Directory of Suffolk Millers from 1086 – 1986”.

She has produced a booklet, which you can purchase – but she has kindly offered us to put it in the Members Area of our website for free access.

 

Following on from this talk I have been corresponding with her, about a miller in my maternal Family Tree – as she also has done research on millers in the Sussex and Kent, which is still ongoing.

However, following a chance remark she mentioned another very active Group busy researching millers in other areas around the country. They have a very large archive…and is simply called The Mills Archive…

Websitehttps://new.millsarchive.org/search/?class=Mill2#

 

So I had a look and, yes there is a section on Suffolk……. which had (as I knew) a huge number of Mills, Wind powered, Water powered, or Steam powered.

Just in Ipswich there were 22 listed mills over the centuries.

As you may realise, Central Ipswich is built along the river, in a sort of bowl…..

Looks to me that most of the windmills were built on the slope on the edges of the town, to catch the wind.

Mills

Title

Location

County

Country

Power source

Type

Function

River

Albion Mills (North), Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill, Drug mill, Stick mill

Albion Mills (South), Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bank Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bellevue Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bishops Hill Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bolton Mill, Ipswich

Henley Road, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bramford Road Mill, St Matthews, Ipswich

St Matthews, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Tower mill

Corn mill

Cranfield's Flour Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Electricity, Steam

Roller flour mill

Corn mill

Eastern Union Mills, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Water

Watermill

Corn mill

Foxhall Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Halifax Steam Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Steam

Halifax Windmill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Handford Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Water

Watermill

Gipping

Ivy Street Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Corn mill

Lattice Lane Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Smock mill

Corn mill

Northill Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Tower mill

Corn mill

Smith's Mill, St Margarets, Ipswich

Woodbridge Road, St Margarets, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Smock mill

Corn mill

Smock mill, Rushmere St Andrew

Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Smock mill

Corn mill

Stoke Hill North Mill, St Mary Stoke, Ipswich

St Mary Stoke, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Stoke Hill South Mill, St Mary Stoke, Ipswich

St Mary Stoke, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Stoke Tide Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Water

Tide mill

Tuddenham Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

 

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On 13th May, Robert Halliday, has spent many happy hours  wandering around Graveyards across Suffolk. His fascinating talk, which included many photo’s, told us of the unusual ones he found, and has once again whetted my appetite to do more of my own churchyard explorations.

 

Future Society ZOOM Talks are listed below, and are usually only available for members.

We are considering opening up occasional ZOOM talks to all comers!

As further talks are arranged, they will be advertised in the NEWS area of our web site, and I will mention them in my Monthly Newsletters.

Andy, our busy Society Chairman, sends out links for each talk to paid up members, a short while before each ZOOM talk. He very recently sent out the latest link for next Thursdays (3rd June) talk.

Incidentally – the Society is looking for a ZOOM talk presenter – this will be their only role. Does anyone fancy having a go?

If so contact me……

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

FUTURE ZOOM TALKS:

 

Thursday 3rd June at 7:30 p.m..

Joan Horton

Presents:

“Wills and Probate”

By Joan Horton

 

Using Joan’s earlier talk on the basics of DNA in Family History research – this talk will be a very useful talk on using “Will and Probate records for your researches. No doubt Joan will also use some interesting tales on the way.

Andy has recently circulated the log in details to members – so do look out for this information. If you cannot find it do look in your SPAM/Junk Folder!

----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thursday 17th June at 7:30 p.m.

“THE STORY OF THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT”

by Mark Forsdike.

Particularly useful if you had ancestors who served with “The Suffolk’s” or even if you want to find out more about our local heroes.

 

 

Thursday 1st July at 7:30

THE SUFFOLK LOCAL HISTORY RECORDERS SCHEME

(a very useful source of local Information) by Geoffrey Robinson.

These Recorders (one of our Ipswich Group members is a Recorder) can (and will be), producing a very useful factual base for those researching their Family Trees…….. which will include information on what was going on when their ancestors were in a particular village or parish.

 

 

Thursday 22nd July at 7:30 p.m.

“THE STORY OF SUFFOLK PUBS”,

presented by Nigel Smith (Chairman of The SuffolkCampaign for Real Ale = CAMRA)

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August – no ZOOM Talk this Month.

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Thursday 23rd September at 7:30

  “THE HISTORY OF THE SUFFOLK POLICE FORCE”.

By members of The Suffolk Police Museum.

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Future Society wide ZOOM talks are in preparation for the rest of the year, and look very promising.

 

For up-to-date details and any changes or additions to all our ZOOM talks, – visit the “News” area of the Society websitewww.suffolkfhs.org.uk – or call Howard on 01473 274300.

 

The June issue of your “Suffolk Roots” is due out very soon for all paid up members. It will be another bumper issue.

If you are an up-to-date member and have not received your copy by mid June – let me know.

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Your June Quiz.

Some questions may need a bit of research?

  1. Where in the U.K. are there Crown Dependencies?

 

2)What is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to it’s radius?

 

3)How long is a barleycorn? (an ancient measurement)

  1. What is the river that goes through Hadleigh?

 

  1. What is the engine used in most versions of the Supermarine Spitfire – and The Lancaster Bomber?

 

6) On a ship – what is the Load Line indicator known as?

 

7) Windspeed can be measured on the Beaufort Scale for measuring wind speed – what is a light Breeze given as?

 

8)  What is a pretty plant called “Dicentra spectabalis” more often called?

  1. Surnames often come from occupations – what was a “Wainwright”?

 

  1. The Military love abbreviations…. What does ELINT mean?

 

  1. Where in England can you find a County Archives called “The KEEP”?

 

  1. Before the Ipswich Hospital moved to its present site… where was it located?

 

  1. An ASTRACAN Coat is made from?

 

  1. We know of Sutton HOO – but what is a HOO?

 

  1. Who is the Society Membership Officer?

 

  1. A Suffolk Giant is buried in Newbourne Graveyard. What is his name?

 

  1. Where in East Suffolk can you find “Convalescent Hill?”

 

  1. Who developed Nylon?

 

  1. What are your finger nails and toe nails made of?

 

  1. How long does light take to reach the Earth from the Sun?

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Now: Ipswich Group News.

The group is starting to get back to Monthly Meetings etc…..

Firstly, I have arranged an outside visit on the evening of Wednesday 7th July. The guided tour will start at 6:30 p.m.

We will be going to Shotley Church, which has a lovely view of the River Orwell. Strangely it is somewhat remote from what is now the centre of Shotley.

We will visit the Graveyard of Shotley Church – where there are 2 areas with Royal Navy Sailors and Cadets from “HMS Ganges” the former Royal Navy Training Establishment. Also buried are Merchant Seamen, and even some Great War German submariners. There are lots of graves related to the two wars, as Shotley overlooks Harwich and Felixstowe, which bore the brunt of fierce naval actions and aerial battles in both 20th Century Wars.

Then we will have a look around Shotley Church, which is a little gem.

We will be accompanied by a Church Guide and following these tours we will have light refreshments in the Church.   There will be a pot for you to give them some cash for the refreshments - if you wish.

There is a Car Park behind the Church, and a small one opposite.

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Then we move to The HMS Ganges Museum on Shotley Waterfront, who will be opening specially for us, with another guided Tour.

Both places are pleased to accept donations….So please have cash with you, as I doubt they will have a money swipe-card reader.

I suggest a donation of at least £5 per person at each place for the visit.

NOTE

The HMS Ganges Museum can only accommodate 30 people – so this will set the limit for the evening.

So – its first come – gets to go!

I will, however, create a “stand by list”.

 

Finally – this will be a DRIVE YOURSELF/CAR SHARE evening – so if you want to come and don’t drive, please contact me SOON and I will see if anyone can give you a lift.

I will send directions to both venues, and arrival time at Shotley Church, for those who have booked, in due course.

 

TO BOOK

Contact me on 01473 274300 (Ansaphone available if I am out), or e-mail me onhoward.king1@outlook.com

BOOKINGS ARE STARTING TO COME IN – SO DON’T DELAY……..

PLEASE NOTE – We will comply with any COVID guidelines at the time – but please do book your space.

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Next----- It has been confirmed that we are now able to use “The Salvation Army Citadel” 558 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, IP4 4P. for our Group Meetings.

All will take place on the first Wednesday of the Month starting at 7:30 p.m.. Admission will be £2 for Society members, £3 for non-members – pay on arrival.

There is a large Car park at the rear, and you enter the citadel via a door at the rear of the building.

 

Our first meeting at this new venue will be on Wednesday 1st September… when Peter Durrell will present a talk “All About Heraldry”. 

Heraldry can help you trace your family Tree – especially if you go back in time and are tracing members of the aristocracy…..  Heraldry is still all around us… especially if you do Church Crawling, and it is a fascinating topic in its own right.

 

Further (1st Wednesday of the month) talks are now being planned, and I am talking to our busy Group Secretary Jenny Rawlinson.

IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS FOR, OR HAVE HEARD A GOOD TALK – PLEASE LET ME OR JENNY KNOW.

There will be updates on both the above Ipswich Group Events on my Monthly Ipswich Group member’s Newsletters, that I send out at start of each month.

All our Group’s activities will be subject to any Covid restriction at that time.

For right up-to-date information on what our Group is doing, please visit the group’s pages on the Society website;www.suffolkfhs.org.uk.

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Some information on marriage research:

Registers Anglican churches complete two marriage registers for a marriage. When full, one is sent to the registration office for storage– the other might remain with the church but many are placed in county archives (which are the entries you now see available on Ancestry, FindMyPast etc. and copied onto our Marriage CD data Discs and downloads.

Incidentally – we have transcribed far more Parish Marriage Records for Suffolk than are currently available on the commercial web sites!

 

Witnesses

  • A minimum of two are required , but there is no maximum number
  • There is no minimum or maximum age to be a witness.
  • The Witnesses don’t need to know the couple and the witnesses contact details are not kept.

 

Fathers

  • Father’s details on marriage registers are not checked or verified, even today, they are whatever the bride/groom say. Currently it is perfectly acceptable to give the name of a natural father, adoptive father, or a step-father (although a step relationship should be shown).

 

Divorce records

Further Reading

The essential books to read about marriage law are those written by Professor Rebecca Probert.

These are very readable and comprehensive: “Marriage Law for Genealogists: The Definitive Guide” 2012

and “Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved” 2015

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Now onto Society news generally – as discussed at recent Society Trustees Meetings:

At the start of the new membership year….  the number of Members renewing continues to be strong strong, with membership numbers continuing to grow.

We have been surprised by how many members have opted for the life-time membership option.

Our Society Chairman, Andy Kerridge, has really taken the bit between his teeth, and with the help of fellow trustees, is helping move the Society forward….

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Talking of Society Trustees – we do have a vacancy!

If you fancy becoming a Trustee – you can help guide the Society onwards and upwards – let me know – and I can tell you more.

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We have been working to improve what we offer our members, and how we attract new members.

One particular area of work looks at the Society website…. New features are in the wings…

We are looking for members who have bought Society Publications in the past, that are now out of print. The idea is to get these, which may go back decades, scanned, indexed, and placed on our website to the benefit of all.

Do you have any such leaflets. If you do let me know… We are already looking at and have the “Sudden Death – Inquests” booklet, and the “Ipswich Freemen” booklets.

At this point I must ask – we are looking for a volunteer or 2 to proof read these submissions. Other volunteers may like to do some transcribing of old leaflets. This work can be done from home.

Another idea is to put, on our data base – any family history related data bases you may have created during your researches. If you have done any – why not share them?

We can put your interesting old documents and photographs onto the website (note – these may also be good to go on the Society Facebook page).

We can “watermark” these to help stop them being copied without your permission.

Have you looked in the members area of our website lately… if not have a look and keep returning to see what else is new.

Are we missing anything on our website? I we are – let me know.

Ipswich Group Newsletter May 2021

Posted by Howard L King on Wed, 5th May 2021

Ipswich Group Newsletter May 2021

I hope you like my May offering…..

A patient goes to see his Doctor. The Doctor sighs and “Hello AGAIN – I hope you are not going to waste my time!”

The Patient says “ I hope not, I seem to have picked up a speech problem – I find it difficult to say words which begin with “f” and “th”.

The Doctor, intrigued, calms down and says “You can’t say fairer than that ”

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Do you know what the Queens Racing colours are? Well they are a Purple body with gold braid, Scarlet Sleeves, and black velvet cap with a gold fringe.

I don’t really see why she bothers – as I havent seen her race for many years………

Bad luck is common in our family, one of our Family moved to America many years ago.

He got killed at The Battle of Little Big Horn. He wasn’t involved in the actual Battle , but went over and complained about the noise……

An update on The Society ZOOM Talks

I hope that many of you enjoyed watching, on April 15th, our own, our very own… Group Member Ken Finch  who presented “Shoemakers to New Zealand”. It became obvious that Ken and his New Zealand relatives had done a lot of research when creating this talk. Well done Ken.  I found the story fascinating, and found out some useful information that will help me with my researches.

Local Author and Suffolk Presenter Sarah Doig, presented, on 24th April “The A-Z of Curious Suffolk”… A fascinating talks….. While I was already aware of a few of her topics – it was nice to have a fresh view on those – and pick up on a lot of new ones.

ZOOM TALKS TO COME……….

On Saturday 8th May at 12 noon…. Eileen Blythe presents

“A Directory of Suffolk Millers from 1086 – 1986”

This talk follows a huge amount of research in The Suffolk Archives etc., and ties in with a booklet she has produced. Those occupied as Millers may tie into your family tree’s – particularly when you remember how many Windmills and Watermills their were in Suffolk in years gone by.

On Thursday 13th May at 7:30…… Robert Halliday presents

“Unusual Suffolk Gravestones”.

Robert has obviously spent a huge amount of time inspecting and photographing Gravestones around the County, and has obviously been attracted by the more unusual ones – particularly those with unusual background stories, some of which he will share with us.

Looking to the Future. Some more ZOOM Talks for your diaries…..:

Some of  the following are “working titles” at this time.

Thursday 3rd June at 7:30 p.m.

Joan Horton presents:

“Getting to know your ancestors through their Wills.” With stories, hints, and tips.

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Thursday 17th June at 7:30 p.m.

“The History of The Suffolk Regiment” by Mark Forsdike. Particularly useful if you had ancestors who served with “The Suffolk’s” or even if you want to find out about our local heroes.

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Thursday 1st July at 7:30

Suffolk Village Recorders (a very useful source of local Information) by Geoffrey Robinson.

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July ZOOM Talk No 2 – To be confirmed – more next month on this one.

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August – no ZOOM Talk this Month.

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September – Date to be confirmed  “The History of The Suffolk Police Force”.

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Further talks for later on are in preparation. For up-to-date details and changes to all our ZOOM talks, – visit the “News” area of the Society website www.suffolkfhs.org.uk – or call Howard on 01473 274300.

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Now: Ipswich Group News.

The group is starting to get back to Monthly Meetings etc…..

Firstly, I have arranged an outside visit on the evening of Wednesday 7th July.

We will go to Shotley Church, which has a lovely view of the River Orwell, despite being somewhat remote from what is now the centre of Shotley.

We will visit the Graveyard of Shotley Church – where there are 2 areas with Royal Navy Sailors and Cadets from “HMS Ganges” the former Royal Navy Training Establishment. Also buried are Merchant Seamen, and even some Great War German submariners. There are lots of graves related to the two wars, as Shotley overlooks Harwich and Felixstowe, which bore the brunt of fierce naval actions and aerial battles in both 20th Century Wars.

Then we will have a look around Shotley Church, which is a little gem.

We will be accompanied by a Church Guide and following these tours we will have light refreshments in the Church..   with a pot for you to give them some cash if you wish.

There is a Car Park behind the Church.

Then we move to The HMS Ganges Museum on Shotley Waterfront, who will be opening specially for us, with another guided Tour.

Both places are pleased to accept donations…. So please have cash with you, as I doubt they will have a swipe-card reader.

I humbly suggest a donation of at least £5 per person at each place.

The HMS Ganges Museum can only accommodate 30 people – so this will set the limit for the evening.

So – its first come – gets to go!

I will, however, create a “stand by list”.

The timings to be confirmed – especially the arrival time at the Church early evening.

Finally – this will be a DRIVE YOURSELF/CAR SHARE evening – so if you want to come and don’t drive, please contact me SOON and I will see if anyone can give you a lift.

I will send directions to both venues, and arrival time at Shotley Church, for those who have booked, in due course.

Contact me on 01473 274300 (Ansaphone available if I am out), or e-mail me on howard.king1@outlook.com

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Next----- It has been confirmed that we are now able to use “The Salvation Army Citadel” 558 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, IP4 4P. for our Group Meetings. All will take place on the first Wednesday of the Month. Admission will be £2 for Society members, £3 for non-members – pay on arrival.

There is a large Car park at the rear, and you enter the citadel via a door at the rear.

Meetings will start at 7:30 p.m.

Our first meeting at this new venue will be on Wednesday 1st September… when Peter Durrell will present an enlightening talk “All about Heraldry”.  

Heraldry can help you trace your family Tree – especially if you go back in time and are tracing members of the aristocracy….. but heraldry is still all around us… especially if you do Church Crawling, and it is a fascinating topic in its own right

Further (1st Wednesday of the month) talks are now being planned.

There will be updates on both the above Ipswich Group Events on my Monthly Ipswich Group member’s Newsletters, that I send out at start of each month.

All Group’s activities are subject to any Covid restrictions.  For right up-to-date information on what our Group is doing, please visit the group’s pages on the Society website; www.suffolkfhs.org.uk.

 

To celebrate the latest Mastermind Champion, the Youngest EVER… I have put together a Mastermind Quiz for you to have a go at:

The answers – with the Questions repeated, will be at the foot of this Newsletter:

1) The Green Cloth, said to have been worn by Robin Hood, was made in rich City?

2) In which seven-a side team game, has positions which include: Goal keeper, Wing attack,, and Goal Shooter.

3) Which German Philosopher was born in Konigsberg in 1724, and spent virtually his whole life there? You can choose from a) Immanuel Kant, B) Franz Zavier, C) Franz Marx

4) In Greek Mythology, on which island is Leto said to have given birth to Artemis and Apollo

Choose from A) Delos, B) Lesbos, c) Kos

5)The Clore gallery, and extension of the Tata Britain, was built to display the works of: A) Gainsborough, B) Turner, C) Constable.

6) In the Bible, who succeeded Moses as the leader of the Israelites?

7) Which small mammal, related to the Pine marten, has highly prized fur and shares its name with the heraldic tincture black? Choose from a) Vole, B) Sable, C) Hedgehog

8) Which Spice is obtained from the dried, lacy, outer covering of the nutmeg.

Choose from: a) mace, b) Turmeric, C) Gallingale.

9)  Most domestic ducks are descended from which common species of wild duck? Choose from: A) Widgeon, B) Pintails, C) Mallard

10) Which Great Salt lake in South Australia is named after the British explorer who  became the first European to  sight it in 1840? Choose from A) Lake Everest  B) Lake Eyre, C) Lake Buad

11) What meat is traditionally associated with the Jewish Passover festival and with Easter?

12) In which English city is the Museum, once known as the Dyson Perrins, which displays fine English Porcelain. Choose from A) Stoke on Trent, B) Worcestor, c) Derby

13) On which Hawaiian Island is the capital Honolulu?

14) The flag of which Southeast Asian country is red with a five-pointed yellow star in the centre?

15) Who wrote the autobiographical play A Voyage Round My Father - it's about his relationship with his blind barrister father?

16) Which poisonous plant, often connected with magical rituals, was in the Middle Ages thought to utter a shriek when pulled from the ground?

17: The finger prints of humans have many characteristics shared with which marsupial?

18) 'Winning by a canvas' is sometimes used to describe a close victory in which sport?

19) 'The Bridal Chorus', better known as 'Here Comes The Bride', is from which Wagner opera

20) Which painter and engraver's works include A Rake's Progress?

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Now onto Society news generally – as discussed at recent Society Trustees Meetings:

At the start of the new membership year….  the number of Members renewing has been very strong, with membership numbers continuing to grow. We have also been surprised by how many members have opted for the life-time membership option.

Our new Society Chairman, Andy Kerridge, has really taken the bit between his teeth, and with the help of fellow trustees, is helping move the Society forward….

We have been working to improve what we offer our members, and how we attract new members.

One particular area of work looks at the Society website…. New features are in the wings…

We are looking for members who have bought Society Publications in the past, that are now out of print. The idea is to get these, which may go back decades, scanned, indexed, and placed on our website to the benefit of all.

Do you have any such leaflets. If you do let me know… We are already looking at and have the “Sudden Death – Inquests” booklet, and the “Ipswich Freemen” booklets.

At this point I must ask – we are looking for a volunteer or 2 to proof read these submissions. Other volunteers may like to do some transcribing of old leaflets. This work can be done from home.

Another idea is to put, on our data base – any family history related data bases you have created during your researches. If you have any – why not share them?

Another idea is to put interesting old documents and photographs onto the website (note – these may also be good to go on the Society Facebook page).

We can “watermark” these to help stop them being copied without your permission.

Have you looked in the members area of our website lately… if not have a look and keep returning to see what else is new.

Finally - Are we missing anything on our website? I we are – let me know.

We are still looking for a new Webmaster as our present one is standing down soon – could you do this?                                                                                                                                                  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

I mentioned our Society Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SuffolkFamilyHistorySociety/

This now has over 1160 people watching it……. why not give it a visit.

It is a very useful tool to help you break down you brick walls – or just chat to others with an interest in genealogy – particularly in Suffolk.                                                         Lastly – The Trustees are always interested to hear from potential new Trustees.                       All Trustees meetings are held on ZOOM – however we are looking forward to getting face to face Trustees meetings – which will probably be held midweek in the Parish Rooms at Stowupland. Trustees Travel and other expenses, will be paid.

Next some web site information – this time nine of the big boys…

About Genealogy

genealogy.about.com

A collection of introductory articles about all aspects of genealogy, with links to some of the main online resources.

BBC Family History

bbc.co.uk/history/familyhistory

The core of the BBC's Family History site relates to the Who Do You Think You Are? television series. There are video clips, in which Nick Barratt explains the basics, and supporting material on occupations, military service, and migration. For the more experienced, the Next Steps section looks at older records.

Cyndi's List

cyndislist.com

Cyndi's List - a collection of over 260,000 links to online resources for genealogy - is the definitive genealogy directory. There are separate pages devoted to each country or region of the world, with particularly good coverage of the USA and UK. There are links for many general topics too, such as tutorials, genealogy software, and a wide range of occupations and religious denominations.

Family Records

familyrecords.gov.uk

This is the UK government's official genealogy portal. It provides information about the main types of national record and where to find them, along with links to the websites of the relevant national bodies.

General Register Office (GRO)

gro.gov.uk

The GRO is the government agency responsible for civil registration in England and Wales. Its website carries official information about birth, marriage and death records. Indexes to the records won't be online until 2008, but the site provides an online ordering service for the certificates you'll need to get started.

Genuki

genuki.org.uk

Genuki is the oldest and most comprehensive gateway to online resources for British and Irish genealogy. Its 70,000-odd pages provide genealogical links and information for every county in the British Isles, with pages devoted to individual towns and parishes. There is also general information on UK and Irish genealogy, and a search engine covering all the main UK genealogy sites.

Irish Ancestors

www.ireland.com/ancestor/

Although this is a subscription site, it has a lot of free information to help you get started in Irish family history: descriptions of the main types of record, with particularly detailed coverage of emigration, and a gazetteer to help you locate Irish places and parishes.

The National Archives

nationalarchives.gov.uk

A vast site with a wide range of material, it includes a family history section covering all the basics for the beginner. There is definitive information on tracing ancestors in the armed forces, while research guides provide detailed information about specific historical records.

WorldGenWeb

worldgenweb.org

WorldGenWeb is a collaborative project to provide information about genealogical research and resources for every country in the world. So far 254 countries are covered, though the amount of material varies widely.

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Next – a personal quest… Do any of you have a link with or currently know of the WALKER Family in the Hacheston or Marlesford area north of Woodbridge

I am helping a member in Calgary research Robert WALKER who was born in Hatcheston on 6th March 1914.

He lived for some while at Windhaven, Marlesford.

Robert became a fighter ace in World War 2, and had a distinguished RAF career.

Apparently WALKer is a fairly common name in the Marlesford and Hatcheston area….

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The answers to my Quiz above – with the Questions repeated:

1) The Green Cloth, said to have been worn by Robin Hood, was made in rich City?

Answer: Lincoln

2) In which seven-a side team game, has positions which include: Goal keeper, Wing attack,, and Goal Shooter.

Answer: Netball

3) Which German Philosopher was born in Konigsberg in 1724, and spent virtually his whole life there? You can choose from a) Immanuel Kant, B) Franz Zavier, C) Franz Marx

Answer: Immanual Kant.

4) In Greek Mythology, on which island is Leto said to have given birth to Artemis and Apollo

Choose from A) Delos, B) Lesbos, c) Kos

Answer: Delos

5)The Clore gallery, and extension of the Tata Britain, was built to display the works of: A) Gainsborough, B) Turner, C) Constable.

Answer: Turner

6) In the Bible, who succeeded Moses as the leader of the Israelites?

  Answer: Joshua.

7) Which small mammal, related to the Pine marten, has highly prized fur and shares its name with the heraldic tincture black? Choose from a) Vole, B) Sable, C) Hedgehog

Answer: Sable

8) Which Spice is obtained from the dried, lacy, outer covering of the nutmeg.

Choose from: a) mace, b) Turmeric, C) Gallingale.

Answer: A) Mace

9)  Most domestic ducks are descended from which common species of wild duck? Choose from: A) Widgeon, B) Pintails, C) Mallard

Answer: Mallard

10) Which Great Salt lake in South Australia is named after the British explorer who  became the first European to  sight it in 1840? Choose from A) Lake Everest  B) Lake Eyre, C) Buad

Answer: Lake Eyre.

11) What meat is traditionally associated with the Jewish Passover festival and with Easter?

Answer: LAMB

12) In which English city is the Museum, once known as the Dyson Perrins, which displays fine English Porcelain. Choose from A) Stoke on Trent, B) Worcestor, c) Derby

  1. A) Worcestor

13) On which Hawaiian Island is the capital Honolulu?

Answer: Oahu

14) The flag of which Southeast Asian country is red with a five-pointed yellow star in the centre?

Answer: Vietnam

15) Who wrote the autobiographical play A Voyage Round My Father - it's about his relationship with his blind barrister father?

Answer: Sir John Mortimer

16) Which poisonous plant, often connected with magical rituals, was in the Middle Ages thought to utter a shriek when pulled from the ground?

Answer: Mandrake

17: The finger prints of humans have many characteristics shared with which marsupial?

Answer (perhaps surprisingly) is the Koala bear.

18) 'Winning by a canvas' is sometimes used to describe a close victory in which sport?

Answer: Rowing (NOT high speed oil painting ????)

19) 'The Bridal Chorus', better known as 'Here Comes The Bride', is from which Wagner opera?

Answer: Lohengrin

20) Which painter and engraver's works include A Rake's Progress?

Answer: Hogarth.

END OF THE May 2021 Newsletter

Ipswich |Group Update for March 2021

Posted by Howard L King on Fri, 12th Mar 2021

Hello again…..

Is it just me?

Like I guess most of you, I am watching more TV, particularly Day-Time TV, than perhaps I should!

Thankfully, my Family History research and Society, and other work – gives me something else to think about…..

Sadly, I seem to bump it watching more “Celebrity Specials” of this or that…. Am I the only one who has no idea who most of these celebrities are – or even why they are on the programmes….

Never a watcher of Sports… I get very irritated by the so-called pundits and commentators… they seem to come up with some peculiar Sports..

One mentioned that “We are going to have a nail-biting Competition” – how does that work?

After the first round, do we have to wait 5 weeks for the next round?

Elsewhere viewers were promised “Wheel-chair Tennis” – that piqued my interest – after watching for an hour I gave up - nobody managed to get a wheelchair over the net….

Elsewhere, again – geneticists are to carry about a survey on whether interbreeding had an effect over the (in the past) much isolated community on The Isle of Man… Why don’t they just look at the Flag and save a bit of money….

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I HOPE THAT MANY OF YOU CAUGHT on Thursday 4th February

”Family History for Beginners” Talk, presented by Roy Winchester (of The Sussex Family History Group)

Which was FREE TO ALL – Members or not…

His was the most popular ZOOM Talk so far – with about 230 people viewing it, and we had a marvellous response and many thanks……

If any of you missed it – Roy is giving it again…………  he has told us:

"The only one in the plans is to Eastbourne FHS on May 6th.  Its not on their site yet, though."  

So watch out for that on their website - https://eastbournefhs.org.uk/wp/?page_id=4964  ,and get in touch with them to let you in……

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          Later in the month on Saturday 20th February at 12:00 noon.

Janis Kirby (ex Chairman of Lowestoft Group) presented:

“The Story of Lowestoft China”.

Janis, in her first talk on Zoom, told us the fascinating story, once again a very positive response from viewers. For those that missed it – the recording will be available in the members area of our website for the next week…..

If you are NOT a Member – consider joining, view the following.

There is a membership link on our website www.suffolkfhs.org.uk.

You can join quite safely using the Internet. Renewals happen in April, but your renewal will go right through to April 2022… so you will have longer access to useful items in the members only area of the website.

ALL THE FOLLOWING ZOOM TALKS ARE FOR MEMBERS ONLY... however non-members can pay to view - for £3 per Talk.

To find out more about this option email chairman@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Thursday 4th March at 7:30 p.m. “Suffolk Stories: Jottings from the Suffolk Quarter Sessions”.

A fascinating and entertaining story, presented by the Bury Group Chairman, Kevin Pulford.

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Thursday 25th March at 7:30 p.m.

Read All about it …..

Kate Hurst – with a fascinating Talk

“Making Use of Old Newspapers” when Researching Family Histories…..

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Thursday 15th April at 7:30

Ken Finch (Society Treasurer and Ipswich Group member)

Presents:

“Shoemakers to New Zealand”

In the mid 19th century changes in agriculture caused particularly young people to look further afield for employment.

Some went to the north of England to seek employment in the mills of Lancashire or the pits of Durham.

Others sort work on the railways and often families went as groups.

The Church of the Latter-Day Saints known as the Mormons encouraged newly believers to move to Utah.

The Talk on The Shoemakers to New Zealand tells of the Chisnell family who, with the encouragement of the local clergy, left the shores of Suffolk for New Zealand. Australia had become populated by many criminals both male and females, all transported for what we would now consider to be minor crimes,.

But all who emigrated to New Zealand went by free choice.

It touches of the hardships they faced and includes a story of Romance.

Keep looking at the NEWS area of our website www.suffolkfhs.org.uk for ZOOM Talk updates and additions.

All members will receive, from the Society Membership Secretary, a link to join each talk, shortly before each talk..

Just click the link before each talk to participate.

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Saturday 24th April at 12 noon.

Sarah Doig – Nationally Known Author and Researcher on Genealogical Topics who wrote…..

……..“ by far my most popular and accessible talk is

“The A to Z of Curious Suffolk: strange stories of mysteries, crimes and eccentrics”

Some people in Suffolk may have seen me present this talk already, but many others (across the world) will not, of course.

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Thursday May 13th

Robert Halliday presents:

Unusual Tombstones of Suffolk….

The headstones in Churchyards can give you very useful family history information. Robert is obviously fascinated by all this. He will let you in on tips and techniques on how to read faint and faded tombstones.

Other talks are in preparation…. more next month……..

The March issue of Suffolk Roots has now gone to press – to start circulation in early March. Our small team of Editors are particularly pleased with what they have achieved in this 100 page bumper Edition… which has the theme: “Crime and Punishment”… but also covers other areas.

One new topic “Great Grandparents in common” where members list the basic details of their four Grandparents – has really taken off…..

The June issue has the theme, simply called “I remember…..significant events in your lifetime – or that of others……..”. To submit your article or note, look in the next issue.

When you do your Family History Research do you pay enough attention to your, and your parents story?

Given modern smart phones – have you recorded your parents and their siblings?

Given modern travel and communications, local accents will eventually fade away… so record them now.

Do capture your parent’s or other family members voices and even common expressions…

My Father-in-Law was, when I was doing little d.i.y. tasks for him, forever saying “Make sure you know what you are doing - before you do it” – which really used to infuriate me.

My Father, when he wanted to go to the Toilet, used to say, “I am just going to turn my bike around.” Which he insisted was an R.A.F. saying – though I never heard anyone else say it.

When I was very young, my brother and I used to go round to see our maternal grandmother, who we used to call “Plink a Plonk Nanny” – yes – she had a piano.

And another maternal Aunt and one of her Brothers both had a strange sense of humour.

From my Aunt, I have been known to go in a Café or Tea shop and order a couple of “Teasted Toe Cakes” – try it and see what happens. The Waitress sometimes doesn’t even Flinch.

Following Victoria Wood sketches – we have been known to order “Two Soups” and even when asked if we’d like some pudding, my wife and I have even asked in unison “Is it on the Trolley” – even when there is no trolley in evidence!

Capture or write down all these sorts of things now.

I was lucky to have access to the recording of an amazing gent who worked for the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment  (Orfordness) and at RAF Martlesham Heath and at The Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough.

His interview included sections that he had never told his Family. He sadly died a couple of months ago – and I copied the story onto a CD ROM – and the family were delighted to receive it…. and loved hearing his distinctive laugh once again.

GO ON – do it NOW!

April is the month when Annual memberships become due……

For the first time ever, we are offering lifetime membership…….. For all those at one address.

You can renew or indeed join, in the membership area of our website: www.suffolkfhs.org.uk

You can join or renew, quite safely, on-line.

We are looking at members can apply for a lifetime membership….. more on this once we are ready to go…..

Now more from our Society Chairman Andy Kerridge – paid up members will have probably already see a version of this…..

Members should be receiving your March edition of Suffolk Roots in the coming week.  Please take careful notice of some changes.

1)  David Horton takes over as Membership Secretary, so those who pay their subscriptions by cheque/cash, his contact details are on the reverse of the address label and he introduces himself in the journal.  Those who have already paid or sent their subs to me don't worry, I still have a paying in book and can update the database also during this handover.  We do not send acknowledgements normally - its hard enough to deal with the storm of renewals in March without extra admin.

2)  We are introducing a lifetime membership option.  We are testing the water with this and will see what response we get.  This lifetime membership is for all members, UK or overseas.

Do any of our members have data sets that they would be willing to share? 

For example, we have been given 440 images of war graves in Ipswich cemeteries and graveyards collected as a project.  Some of these are not on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.   We will be putting these on our website for members.

Any other projects or lists out there which members want to share with us?  Send me an email if you have, and we can discuss.

 

Here we go again…….

Your monthly quiz…….

Firstly 5 questions on the Ipswich riverside area:

!) There are two rivers in Ipswich – what are they called?

2)Why does the Ipswich Town shield – show the stern of a mediaeval Boat?

3)What was the year that Ipswich “Wet Dock” was opened for business - said to be the largest Wet Dock in Europe? Was it: A) 1838, B) 1842 C)1852

4)The development of the new wet dock attracted new industries to the dock area such as the coprolite factory founded by Edward Packard in 1849. This factory gave its name to Coprolite Street in the docks area. What is coprolite?

5) The Cobbold Family moved their brewery from Harwich to Ipswich, building the brewery on the Riverside…. The eventually lived in a fine house in large grounds nearby. What is that location now known as?

Have you seen the new Film, called “The Dig”, the discovery of the Sutton Hoo Anglo- Saxon Treasure in 1939. If you had these Five questions will be a doddle……

6)The hero of the Film was self taught Archaeologist Basil Brown? Where did he and his wife live at that time?

7) Who was the Manager of Ipswich Museum at the time?

 8) Mrs Pretty was the widow of ???? – What was her husbands name?

 9) What was the name of the House that Mrs Pretty lived in at Sutton Hoo (note: this building was NOT used in the film)

10) What happened to the site after the burial mound had been refilled….. was it

 A) Used as a house for war time evacuees B) Used for army battle training with trenches and little tanks running around C) Used as a centre for Land Army women.

 General Knowledge. 

11) What were the full names of Mr Rolls and Mr Royce of expensive car fame?

 12) What is the chemical symbol for Mercury?

 13) How many square yards were there in an acre (said to be the amount of land a Ploughman could plough in a days)

 14) Women worker in a factory in the East End of London suffered from a dreadful condition called “Phossy jaw”. What was being made in the Factory?

 15) See if you can find out who was the MP for Ipswich just before the Second World War

 16) What were Jacobite’s – often mentioned in history programmes?

 17) From 827 to 1066, what was the capitol of England?

 18) If you were doing a Rorschach Test – what would you be looking at?

 19) What very illuminating device was invented by Sir Humphrey Davy?

 20) What does the Word “Hoo” mean in a placename – such as Sutton Hoo, or Dallinghoo?

 21) There used to be an amazing Hardware Shop in Ipswich, on a corner in Fore Street. What was it called?

END OF QUIZ – Answers below…… STOP HERE if you want to work out the answers……….

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        Useful Websites: The British Library has the fascinating, and enormous, The National Sound Archive… which includes Florence Nightingale!

Go on – have a rummage, go via: https://sounds.bl.uk/

The International Committee of The Red Cross has digitised the records of Prisoners of War…. They are on “Find My Past”.

To find criminal ancestors from 1791 to 1892 – it may be worth looking at the National Archives Criminal Records England and Wales register for that period, which is available on Ancestry…. Enter www.snipca.com/36731

Are you having trouble tracking down fairly recent living relatives? This can be tricky – to help you The British Library’s free guide to finding Living relatives, including links to people finding services. Typing the following www.snipca.com/37200 into your browser will automatically down load the document.

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The Society are starting to think about how and when the Groups will start too re-open….

We in Ipswich are currently homeless ?…. Some of you may recall that we were just moving from our previous meeting location – and have applied to go into The Salvation Army Citadel, on Woodbridge Road……

However, despite me trying to remake contact – the Ipswich Citadel is slumbering on….. My best guess is that our Group meetings (if all goes well) – will re-start in September.

So, watch this space as things become clearer!

Whatever happens we will a Society wide ZOOM Talk each month.

Answers to the March Quiz:

1)There are two rivers in Ipswich – what are they called?

Answer: The River Gipping (Freshwater) joins The River Orwell (salt water) – and flows to the sea….

2) Why does the Ipswich Town shield – show the stern of a mediaeval Boat?

Answer – it has been said that the first Boats to have stern rudders (rather than the Starboard were Ipswich Boats Port and starboard unambiguously refer to the left and right side of the vessel, not the observer. That is, the port side of the vessel always refers to the same portion of the vessel's structure, and does not depend on which way the observer is facing.

The port side is the side of the vessel which is to the left of an observer aboard the vessel and facing the bow, that is, facing forward towards the direction the vehicle is heading when underway, and the starboard is to the right of such an observer.[1]

This convention allows orders and information to be given unambiguously, without needing to know which way any particular crew member is facing.[2][3]

The term starboard derives from the Old English steorbord, meaning the side on which the ship is steered. Before ships had rudders on their centrelines, they were steered with a steering oar at the stern of the ship on the right hand side of the ship, because more people are right-handed

 3) What was the year that Ipswich “Wet Dock” was opened for business - said to be the largest Wet Dock in Europe? Was it: A) 1838, B) 1842 C)1852

Answer: 1842

4) The development of the new wet dock attracted new industries to the dock area such as the coprolite factory founded by Edward Packard in 1849. This factory gave its name to Coprolite Street in the docks area. What is coprolite?

Answer: Coprolite is generally said to be fossilised Dinosaur droppings – there are (or were) large deposits in the area, such as at Waldringfield on the River Deben. Edward Packard eventually went into partnership with the Fison Family.

 5) The Cobbold Family moved their brewery from Harwich to Ipswich, building the brewery on the Riverside…. The eventually lived in a fine house in large grounds nearby. What is that location now known as?

Answer: Holywells Park.

Have you seen the new Film, called “The Dig”, the discovery of the Sutton Hoo Anglo- Saxon Treasure in 1939. If you have these Five questions will be a doddle……

6) The hero of the Film was self taught Archaeologist Basil Brown? Where did he and his wife live at that time?

Answer: Rickinghall, in the middle of Suffolk.

7) Who was the Manager of Ipswich Museum at the time?

Answer: Guy Maynard

8) Mrs Pretty was the widow of ??

Answer: Frank Pretty.

9) What was the name of the House that Mrs Pretty lived in at Sutton Hoo (note: this was NOT used in the film)

Answer: Tranmer House

10) What happened to the site after the burial mound had been refilled….. was it A) Used as a house for war time evacuees B) Used for army battle training with trenches and little tanks running around C) Used as a centre for Land Army women.

Answer: B) Used for army battle training with trenches and little tanks running around.

General Knowledge.

11) What were the full names of Mr Rolls and Mr Royce of expensive car fame?

Answer: The Company was founded in Manchester by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce.

12) What is the chemical symbol for Mercury?

Answer: Hg

13) How many square yards were there in an acre (said to be the amount of land a Ploughman could plough in a days)

Answer: 4840 square yards

 14) Women worker in a factory in the East End of London suffered from a dreadful condition called “Phossy jaw”. What was being made in the Factory?

Answer: matches (in those days using phosphorous – before the invention of safety matches).

 15) See if you can find out who was the MP for Ipswich just before the Second World War

Answer: Richard Rapier Stokes, MC (27 January 1897 – 3 August 1957) was a British soldier and Labour politician who served briefly as Lord Privy Seal in 1951. The second son of Philip Folliott Stokes and his wife Mary Fenwick Rapier, the only surviving child of Richard Christopher Rapier (1836-1897) of Ransomes & Rapier,

16) What were Jacobites – often mentioned in history programmes?

Answer: followers of the Stuart King James II (new Latin: Jacobus) after his overthrow in 1688 (or his descendants).

17) From 827 to 1066, what was the capitol of England?

Answer: Winchester:  in 827, Egbert the first king of all England was crowned here. It then remained the capital and the most important city in England until the eleventh century and the arrival of William the Conqueror.

 18) If you were doing a Rorschach Test – what would you be looking at?

Answer: This is a psychological test in which the interpretation by a person of a series of INKBLOTS is said to reveal aspects of a person’s personality.

19) What very illuminating device was invented by Sir Humphrey Davy?

Answer: the Davy lamp (miners safety lamp).

 20) What does the Word “Hoo” mean in a placename – such as Sutton Hoo, or Dallinghoo?

Answer: English (East Anglia and the south): topographic name for someone who lived on a spur of a hill, from the Old English dative case hoe (originally used after a preposition) of hoh 'spur of a hill'.

 21) There used to be a really amazing Hardware Shop in Ipswich, on a corner in Fore Street. What was it called?

Answer: Martin and Newby – it opened in 1837 – and closed in June 2004. Having been taken into the cellar to look for an obscure fitting – I think some of the original stock was still there!

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Finally – a new Theory of relativity: if you go back far enough – we are all related!

ALL FOR NOW…….

Howard King. Trustee of Suffolk Family History Society, and Chairman of Ipswich Group, Suffolk Family History Society.

e-mail: publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Telephone:-  0771 376 8821 mobile

                    01473 274300 landline

Registered Charity No 1087748         

Suffolk Family History Society Website: www.suffolkfhs.org.uk

 

 

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
27/10/2016The History of Advertising
Advertising goes back further than you think! Coming closer to today - you come across adverts in Directories, old Newspapers, and the flood of adverts we are bombarded with today. Your forbears may have placed such adverts or even appear in them!
Stuart Bowell
24/11/2016Cakes, Ales, Partying, Feasting, and Fundraising in Medieval Suffolk.
The title says it all... but does not give full justice to a fascinating and entertaining talk.
Kate Jewell
09/12/2016Special pre-Christmas Talk The Victorian Ghost Hunter - PLEASE NOTE EARLY FRIDAY DATE
Special Talk - DIFFERENT DATE. FRIDAY NIGHT 16th December 2016 @ 7:30 p.m. Normal Venue. Meet a Victorian Ghost Hunter. Look at the tools of his trade. Hear of the Society for Psychical Research founded 1882, Cambridge and Edmund Gurneys strange tale.
Andrew Selwyn
26/01/2017Members Evening - telling us: Family Tales, Family Heirlooms and Black Sheep
If it helps, call Howard 01473 274300 and discuss. Each talk abt 10 min. For a Laptop, we have a Digital projector + a Visualiser , (Overhead projector with a camera); projecting the image. Afterwards discuss Research problems,suggesting solutions.
Mainly Ourselves
23/02/2017Victoria and her Children - The Ultimate Family Tree - by Breda Stringer
Queen Victoria.... whose children married into Royal Famlies across Europe.... Her descendants STILL influence Europe in one way or another! A fascinating Family Story.
Breda Stringer
23/03/2017The De-la-Pole Family - Dukes of Suffolk... the Family Story.
A grim tale telling how Frances researched what really happened to a relative, who survived the Burma Railway... but talked little of his experiences. How she used little known records and archives etc. A part of history we should never forget!
Steven Govier
27/04/2017"Fig Leaves, Farthingales and Fiches" - what your ancestors wore - with a few surprises!
A light-hearted evening of frolics and fun....
Frances Saltmarsh
25/05/2017Sex and War - American G.Is in Suffolk in WW2
Lucy has Researched the effect American G.Is (particularly coloured ones) had in East Anglia, meeting local ladies, fathering children in wartime. The consequences for the parents and the children. Telling fascinating stories, with some happy endings.
Prof. Lucy Bland (Anglia Ruskin University)
22/06/2017Day Trip to The National Archives at Kew - for records not held anywhere else!
Special Coach Day out , - leaving Martlesham Heath Shoppers Car Park 06:30, Tesco Copdock Bus Stop, Capel St Mary A12 slip Road Bus stop. Price £25/person. Book NOW. Call Howard 01473 274300, e-mail howard.king1@outlook.com
Organiser Howard King 01473 274300
27/07/2017A Short History of Shopping - (particularly relating to the Ipswich area).
Looking at the Shopping in the Ipswich area.... Do you remember Ridleys, Martin and Newbys, Footmans, John Colliers...... The list goes on and on. Wallow in nostalgia, in an era before the Internet. Did your family work in or own a shop in the area.
Linda Sexton
01/08/2017NO MEETING IN AUGUST
NO MEETING IN AUGUST PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL MEETINGS FROM NOW ON WILL START SLIGHTLY EARLIER - at 7:15. We aim to finish and Clear the building by 9:30. This is due to changes in the Security procedures at The Co-Op Education Centre!
28/09/2017The Ipswich War Memorial Project
Team members will explain this extensive Project - researching Ipswich War Memorial Great War deaths. They will also highlight some life stories. If you want to know more about anyone listed - contact 01473 274300 before the Meeting.
Members of The Ipswich War Memorial Team
30/09/2017Suffolk family History Society - Family History Fair
FREE ENTRY 10-00 - 4:00. University of Suffolk, Waterfront,. Ipswich.. Topline Speakers. Free Research area with on-line and personal help breakdown Research Brick Walls. Stands,stalls, displays. More info elsewhere on this website, or call 01473 274300.
Suffolk Family History Society - Annual Family History Fair
26/10/2017An Armchair Walk on "Remarkable Ipswich Women";
Looking in detail at Special Ipswich Women - many on Blue Plaques around the town. You probably know the Plaques - now find out the stories. Be prepared for some surprises.
Ann Day
23/11/2017Duleep Singh - The Story of an Indian Prince in Rural splendour at Elvedon in Suffolk
The fascinating story of an Indian Sikh Prince living in Splendour in a Large Suffolk House. A Story of Pomp and Ceremony... and a tinge of sadness..... How did he fit in with the British aristocracy, and what became of him?
Stephen Govier
14/12/2017Entertaining General History and Family History Quiz - plus your favourite Family Photo.
NOTE Thurs 14th December - An entertaining, light hearted evening of bonhomie, amusement and a mince-pie, with a few prizes.. Be amazed at what you know, learn something you didnt. Bring Favourite labelled Family Photo, which may win a prize.
Mainly Ourselves
25/01/2018A Look at "Ipswich Treasures" - things to notice as you perambulate our fine Town.
There are many hidden jems around Ipswich. John, who is an expert on Ipswich and Suffolk Buildings... will entertain us by telling us more about his favourites. You may never look at Ipswich in the same way again.,
John Field (who recently presented his talk "Cartoonist Carl Giles' Ipswich" to a packed audience.)
22/02/2018Insanity - How Previous generations (particularly the Victorians) dealt with this issue..
Kathy Chater.... Nationally Known Genealogical Researcher and Author, comes from London. She will explain how earlier generations recorded this issue for us to find. She has promised to look at the records for St. Audreys, and St. Clements for examples.
Kathy Chater, Nationally Known Genealogical Researcher and Author, is coming from London.
22/03/2018A Song of their Own - The Fight for Votes for Ipswich Women.
Joy is a well known local Researcher and Author..... who has produced a Book on this Topic..... Perhaps a lady i your Family Tree participated in this Campaign - and chained herself to railings outside County Hall or elsewhere.
Joy Bounds
25/04/2018Charles II, Jane Lane, and the Mystery of The Ancient House
London was a magnet for people from Victorian Suffolk , often thinking they were going to live in a better place. But often lived in cramped, overcrowded, vermin ridden slums, with hunger, crime and filthy water “normal”.
John Sutton
26/04/2018Black Teeth and Dirty Fingernails, the Great Unwashed of Victorian London.
An Entertaining Talk, with the Speaker coming from South London.All about the poorer side of Victorian london - this could be the life experienced by your ancestors who left Suffolk to fine their fortune in London - only to be dissapointed!
David Allen
24/05/2018AGM - Followed by "Looking at and using Parish Registers".
Viviene, Ipswich based Professional Genealogist, (often at The Suffolk Records Offices), tells us more about what Parish Records can reveal - with tips on using them in your researches.
Viviene Aldis
28/06/2018Outside Visit to see The Ipswich Town Hall Mayors Parlour, Ipswich Town Hall
Visit - Mayors Parlour, Ipswich Town Hall. The story of Civic Ipswich over many centuries. See the Civic Regalia, see fascinating pictures and photos, hear the stories. Guided by The Town Sergeant. Numbers restricted. Booking at the March Meeting .
An Outside Visit to The Mayors Parlour - Ipswich Town Hall
26/07/2018Ipswich Cinemas and Theatres
There were far more Theatres and Cinemas in Ipswich than you may think. Come and find out where they were - when they were open - and who was linked to them........ There are some people that will surprisingly recognise or recall.
Eric Thorndyke
23/08/2018A Members Research Evening - with helpful resources and Advice.
A Members Research Evening - with helpful resources and Advice. Why not come along and tell us a short story from your researches. Flagging up your basic problems beforehand may be a good idea!
Mainly yourselves.....
27/09/2018Researching House and Property History at 7:15
Sue, East Anglian based member of the Association of Registered Genealogists, has trawled through records at Records Offices and Archives across the UK. She is ideally placed to pass on tips and hints on the topic. Go further with your researches.
Sue Adams
25/10/2018"Hidden Presences at Ipswich's Ancient House: The King and the Maid", Ipswich at 7:15
A little known story, researched by John Sutton... on Charles II, a lady called Jane Lane, and the iconic Ipswich Building, The Ancient House... Many will think they know all about this iconic Ipswich landmark - but do you really?
John Sutton
22/11/2018The Fun and Fascination of Churches (at 7:15 p.m.)
A fascinatinating, entertaining Evening, with Ipswich's very own Roy Tricker - awarded the MBE in the 2018 New Years Honours Lists ( for his work helping to preserve Suffolk's glorious Churches) - who will give us a whistle-stop tour of his favorites....
Roy Tricker
27/12/2018No Meeting this Month
No meeting this Month - see you at the January meeting.....
No Meeting this Month
24/01/2019"The History of the Suffolk Fire Service"
More details nearer the date. For more information on this talk call 01473 274300 Preferably from October 2018 onwards.
Chris Turland
28/02/2019The Medical contribution to mortality decline in Ipswich from 1851 to 1911
Ever puzzled why the death rate started to fall from 1851 in Ipswich? - Come and find out more... Is it a coincidence that Anne has zeroed in on the Census years 1851 to 1911... perhaps she has dug deep into records we dont look in.
Dr Anne Folan
28/03/2019Change to Talk - now "Harwich and The Continent"
Crhis Turland - (recent entertaining speaker on the "History of the Suffolk Fire Service"), has stepped in and will present "Harwich and the Continent".
Chris Turland
25/04/2019What did your Ancestor do in the Great War
Following his talk David, who is a serious collector of Militaria, can advise on any medals, photos or militaria you may have - so bring them along.
David Empson
23/05/2019The Local Co-op - from Ipswich to the East of England - a Growth Story......
“From Ipswich to East of England – A Growth Story”. How Ipswich was a key member at the centre of the Growth of the Co-op movement in this region - and looking at the history of this change This talk will be followed our Group's (very brief) AGM
Percy Lomax
27/06/2019Minbus Group Day Out Highgate Cemetary.
Looking at a Mini-bus trip to Highgate Cemetary - with 2 Guided Tours of Both East and West Cemetary. Leaving Ipswich area at about 08:00 - Prices £40 members, £42 non members confirmed. Take Lunch in a lovely Cafe in a nearby Park. VERY FEW PLACES LEFT
Mini-Bus tour of Highgate Cemetary - with Guided tours of East and West Cemetaries.
12/07/2019Research Meeting
From 2 p.m. PLEASE CONTACT Jenny on 01473 902367 to say you are coming as you will need to be let into: Carlford Court, 112, Parliament Road, Ipswich , IP4 5EL, which is a "Secure" accomodation block.
Research Meeting where Jenny Rawlinson Lives
25/07/2019The 1851 Great Exhibition.
A fascinating illustrated talk about what was the first, event that really united the British Isles - made all the better by the evolving Railway System. Also the first provision of proper Public Conveniences - where Spending a Penny probably came from.
Geoffrey Kaye
22/08/2019A romp through the Suffolk Newspaper Archives.
A Fascinating Romp through the Suffolk Newspaper Archives, by a very well know Suffolk Speaker.
Pip Wright
26/09/2019"To Relieve the Need and Stress" -The story of East Anglian Alms Houses
Sarah, well known and respected Suffolk Author and Researcher, explores East Anglian Alms Houses.... the sort of places where some of our Ancestors probably ended their days.
Sarah Doig
24/10/2019The Royal Navy Patrol Service
Unsung Heroes, 14,000 died manning converted Drifters and Trawlers, and specially built boats - patrolling from Gt Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Harwich and Ipswich etc. They swept mines - rescued Fliers; Ship Wrecked mariners.
Leo Whisstock
08/11/2019Family History Research Meeting
This is a Research Meeting - to break down your research Brick Walls. 2:30 Fri 8th Nov. £2 per person To Book - call Jenny 01473 902367. The venue 10, Carlford Court, 112 Parliament Road, Ipswich IP4 5EL. Bring your research notes etc.
This is a Research Meeting - working together to break down your research "Brick Walls".
28/11/2019Thomas Seckford - His Life and Legacy
The Story of a Tudor Superstar - with houses in Woodbridge, Ipswich, and a Street named after him in The City of London. He was at the centre of Power in Tudor England. He founded Woodbridge School and his Legacy The Seckford Foundation; continues.
Mark Mitchels
23/01/2020Red Sails on The Orwell - The R.W. Paul (Grain Shippers etc with a large Silo on Ipswich Docks0
Red Sails on The Orwell - R.W. Paul (Malsters and Barge owners). 7:15 p.m. Coop Ed Centre, 11, Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JW (Park Waterworks Street IP4 1JG) £2 members, others £2.50. Pay at door. info 01473 274300 Correcting latest Suffolk Roots
Chris Turland
21/02/2020Research Help Meeting - Ipswich Group
2:30 on Friday 21st February, at 10 Carlford Court, 112, Britannia Road, Ipswich. You MUST book in advance - call Jenny on Ipswich 902367 e-mail: Ipswich@suffolkfhs.org.uk If delayed call 0771 376 8821 The Cost - £2 per person to pay for the room
A Guided Session aimed at helping Reserchers with their researches.
27/02/2020The History of Windmills in Suffolk.
"The History of Windmills in Suffolk" 7:15 p.m. Coop Ed Centre, 11, Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JW (Park Waterworks Street IP4 1JG) £2 members, £2.50 non-members. Pay at door. More info 01473 274300 NOT AS LISTED IN the Latest SUFFOLK ROOTS
Chris Hullcoop
26/03/2020Re-scheduled Talk; The Suffolk Bevin Boys in World War Two. NOW POSTPONED
"The Suffolk Bevin Boys" by Barbara McElroy 7:15 p.m. Coop Ed Centre, 11, Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JW (£2 members, £2.50 non-members. Pay at door. More info 01473 274300 TALK POSTPONED - Rescheduled with Speaker for Early 2021
Barbara McElroy
18/04/2020Coach Trip to Family Tree Live - CANCELLED
Coach Trip. Family Tree Live - Phone 01473 274300 email: publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk EVENT CANCELLED BY ORGANISERS - and OUR COACH CANCELLED
Large Event at Alexandra Palace by Coach from the Ipswich area.
28/05/2020Ipswich Group Annual revue + The Basics of Heraldry and its place in Family History Research
The Basics of Heraldry and Family History Research. By Peter Durell, of The Suffolk Heraldry Society. If you have ever tried to decode a Family Hatchment (crest) in a Church - and drawn a blank - come along. Do you have a Family Crest?
Peter Durrell
05/12/2020ZOOM TALK for ALL SOCIETY MEMBERS
ZOOM TALK ..... FREE TO ALL SOCIETY MEMBERS The History of Public Transport in Ipswich Saturday 5th December at 12 NOON See Poster under The NEWS website tab.
Chris Turland

Contact

For further details on the programme you should contact

Mrs Jenny Rawlinson (Ipswich Branch Secretary)

10, Carlford Court,

112, Parliament Road,

 Ipswich IP4 5EL  

01473 902367

e-mail: jennyrawlinson@hotmail.com
or
Howard King (Chairman)
01473 274300
or by Email: publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Group Contact

Mrs Jenny Rawlinson (Ipswich Branch Secretary)

10, Carlford Court,

112, Parliament Road,

 Ipswich IP4 5EL  

01473 902367

e-mail: jennyrawlinson@hotmail.com
or
Howard King (Chairman)
01473 274300
or by Email: publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Group Projects

The War Memorials of Ipswich Villages

There is a memorial book, compiled in 2003 by Jennifer Jones, in the Parish Church, containing photographs of the graves or memorials of most of the men of the North Samford Benefice (Belstead, Bentley, Burstall, Copdock & Washbrook, Sproughton and Tattingstone) who died in the First World War.

The information in this document was researched by Martin Edwards 2003, with additional information researched by Jean Austin 2006.

Bentley

The War Memorial stands on a road junction and is in the form of a memorial cross; it was first unveiled on 28th November 1921. The Cross was designed by H Munro Cautley, architect, writer and the greatest connoisseur of East Anglian churches. EE Saunders of Ipswich erected the Cross. 

To see a list of men on the memorials click here.

Belstead

Celtic Cross War Memorial in the centre of the village;  Roll of Honour in the Church.

To see a list of men on the memorials click here.

 Burstall

Memorial window in the Church;  Roll of Honour in the Village Hall.

To see a list of men on the memorials click here.

Copdock and Washbrook

1914-1918:  War Memorial in Copdock Church;  Roll of Honour, formerly in Washbrook Chapel (current whereabouts not known). 1939-1945: Memorial stone in Copdock Churchyard.

To see a list of men on the memorials click here.

Sproughton

War memorial in the Church;  Roll of Honour in the Vestry.

To see a list of men on the memorials click here.

Tattingstone

Memorial plaques in the Church for both First World War and Second World War.

To see a list of men on the memorials click here.

Wherstead

The brass plaque in church.

To see a list of men on the memorials click here.

Ransomes and Rapier War Memorial

Prior to being located in Bourne Park, the memorials were on the wall outside the canteen area (overlooking the bowling green) of the Waterside Works.  The memorial to employees killed in the First World War was unveiled on 8 January 1921 and was initially in the ‘billiard room’.  The company – which had extensive premises off the Wherstead Road, including in ‘Rapier Street’ – was closed down in 1987 (and the site is now largely redeveloped).  The three sided memorial was erected in Bourne Park in 1988 – one side commemorates the employees who died in the First World War, one side those who (including civilian employees) were killed or missing in the Second World War and the third side commemorates Richard Stokes, who was long associated with the company as Chairman and Managing Director.

To see a list of men on the memorials click here.

Photoes of war graves in Ipswich cemetery