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Bury Group Returns to the Hyndman Centre

Posted by K Pulford on Thu, 2nd Sep 2021

We are please to announce that we are restarting our talks at the Hyndman Centre with our first talk on 15th September. This will be a talk on The Campaign for Votes for Women in Suffolk by Joy Bounds.

Womens' Campaign in Bury St Edmunds

Barry Wakefield

Posted by K Pulford on Thu, 2nd Sep 2021

We are sad to report the death on 18th August of Barry Wakefield at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth both were very active committee members of Sudbury Group, helping at Research Days and part of our MI team.

Barry was Acting Administrator for the SFHS from 2002 – 2005.

A kind, gentle man who will be greatly mourned by his loving family.

Geoff Dennish

Posted by K Pulford on Mon, 23rd Aug 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Geoff Dennish, following a long and courageously fought illness. Geoff was Editor of Suffolk Roots from September 2014 until September 2020.

Cole Family Bible

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 4th Aug 2021

We have just received the fillowing message from Dr Louise Bacon

"In sorting through boxes from my father in the attic, I came across an illustrated family bible, which belonged to the Cole family. I think it was collected by my grandfather, but it is nothing to do with any line of our family. It is inscribed with the names of a Cole husband and wife who lived in the 19th century. I have researched their history so if any member of the Cole family would like to contact me with some names from their family tree, say for the period 1860 to 1890 thus proving their descent they are welcome to have the bible for free."

If this is on any interest contact Dr Bacon at louise.bacon@btopenworld.com

Janis Kirby's Derek Palgrave Award

Posted by K Pulford on Fri, 30th Jul 2021

Janis Kirby has been awarded the Derek Palgrace Award of the Suffolk Family History Society by the society's patron Doug Howlett for her work in helping to run the Lowestoft Group over many years.

Annual General Meeting 2021

Posted by K Pulford on Thu, 15th Jul 2021

The Society's AGM will be held on Saturday 23rd October at 12.00. Due to the present pandemic situation, it has been decided to hold the meeting via ZOOM.

Further information will be posted here as it becomes available.

August ZOOM Talks

Posted by K Pulford on Thu, 15th Jul 2021

Note for our ZOOM Talk fans:

There is NO Zoom Talks in August.

 They will resume in September.

For up to date listings of ZOOM Talks – look in the future Editions of “Suffolk Roots” and continue looking on this “News” part of our websites – where information on future ZOOM talks, (and other useful information) will be displayed when they are finalised.

Our Local Groups are busy organising their re-openings.

To find out about their plans, keep viewing the Groups area of the website.

Suffolk Policing - the First 150 Years.

Posted by K Pulford on Thu, 15th Jul 2021

Suffolk Policing - the First 150 Years.

by Eric Hopes and Les Jolley.
Suffolk Police Museum
 Thursday 23rd September at 7:30pm on ZOOM

Two former Suffolk Police Officers discuss some notable dates and events of the Suffolk Police with their views and experiences up to the 1990s. Do you have ancestors who may have been involved with the Suffolk Police Force?

Non-members can acess this particular talk on payment of a fee of £3. Contact Chairman@suffolkfhs.org.uk for information on how to do this or becoming a member of the society.

A registration link will be emailed to members about three weeks before the event and a reminder will also be sent a few days before the talk

Visit our website www.suffolkfhs. org.uk to learn more about the society (to become members do so via the MEMBERSHIP tab on the Home page)

You can also find us on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/SuffolkFamilvHistorvSociety/

Inquests into Sudden Deaths in East Suffolk

Posted by K Pulford on Sun, 20th Jun 2021

A new searchable index of index records for the inquests into sudden deaths in the Liberty of St Etheldred. The area covered by the Liberty is shown on the map to the right. The Liberty of St Etheldreda formerly belonged to the prior and convent of Ely, which in 1541 were changed into Dean and Chapter. 

The Suffolk Archives at Ipswich holds the records of coroners' inquests held in the Liberty of St Etheldreda for the period 1767-1936. This work was started by Leslie Smith, who died in November 1995, and was completed in his memory by Doreen Smith.

This index has been compiled from the Indexes which were prepared for the Suffolk Archives from bundles of papers which are the records of the Coroners' Inquests for the Liberty of St Etheldred, 1767-1921. (The bundle for the year 1855 is missing, and a 75-year closure rule means that the index had to stop in 1921). The contents of this index were originally published as Sudden Deaths in Suffolk (in 1995) and More Sudden Deaths (in 2000).

The index includes a reference to the inquest record in the Suffolk Archive so if you find an entry of interest you can follow up read the whole report.

The link to search the index is on the members page here.

THE STORY OF BEER AND BREWING IN SUFFOLK

Posted by K Pulford on Fri, 18th Jun 2021

THE STORY OF BEER AND BREWING IN SUFFOLK

by Nigel Smith,
Area Organiser of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), Editor of the local CAMRA magazine, and creator of a local pubs database,
Thursday 22nd July at 7:30 pm on ZOOM

Nigel considers the development of beer and brewing in Suffolk over 600 years—from humble origins to the rise of many small eighteenth and nineteenth century commercial brewers,with examples of the more successful local brewers and the importance of their links to maltings, railways and tied houses.The loss of local brewing heritage and craft brewing industry during the early/mid-twentieth century, and revival of local commercial brewing over the past forty years will be explored. The emergence of the free online The Suffolk Pub Guide (www.suffolk.camra.org.uk), with details of local pubs and historic details of over 340 local brewers is discussed, which could be very useful to Family History researchers.

Non-members can acess this particular talk on payment of a fee of £3. Contact Chairman@suffolkfhs.org.uk for information on how to do this or becoming a member of the society.

A registration link will be emailed to members about three weeks before the event and a reminder will also be sent a few days before the talk

Visit our website www.suffolkfhs. org.uk to learn more about the society (to become members do so via the MEMBERSHIP tab on the Home page)

You can also find us on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/SuffolkFamilvHistorvSociety/