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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/

THE SUFFOLK LOCAL HISTORY RECORDERS SCHEME

Posted by K Pulford on Fri, 28th May 2021

THE SUFFOLK LOCAL HISTORY RECORDERS SCHEME.

Recording today's local history for tomorrow's historians

by Geoffrey Robinson,
Suffolk Local History Council History Recorders Secretary,
Thursday 1st July at 7:30 pm on ZOOM

Suffolk Recorders Annual Meeting

You may not notice how parishes can change year by year with additional housing and the loss of historic buildings such as an old shop. Annual parish events are rarely covered by the county newspapers. This type of history needs to be recorded at the local level before it is all forgotten. The SLHC Recorders Scheme has volunteers in Suffolk's parishes to capture this history for future historians. Geoffrey's talk will explain the scheme and how it will benefit tomorrow's historians.


Non-members can view this particular talk on the payment of a £3 fee.
E-mail: Chairman@suffolkfhs.org.uk for information on how to do this . A registration link will be e-mailed to members about 3 weeks before the event and a reminder will also be sent a few days before the talk.

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/

The History of the Suffolk Regiment

Posted by K Pulford on Mon, 12th Apr 2021

The History of the Suffolk Regiment

By Mark Forsdike of The Friends of the Suffolk Regiment.
Thursday 17th June at 7:30 p.m.
On the ZOOM platform

Mark Forsdike, gives a fascinating talk on the long and proud History of the Regiment originally formed in 1685. It became the 12th Regiment of Foot in 1714 and was given the county title of 'East Suffolk' in 1782.

It became the Suffolk Regiment in 1881, amalgamating with the Royal Norfolk Regiment in 1959 to form the 1/1st East Anglian Regiment, which was itself, merged into the larger Royal Anglian Regiment in 1964.

Non-members can acess this particular talk on payment of a fee of £3. Email: 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/

Get to know your ancestors through their wills.

Posted by K Pulford on Sun, 11th Apr 2021

Get to know your ancestors through their wills.

By Joan Horton
Thursday 3rd June at 7:30 p.m.
On the ZOOM platform

This entertaining talk covers many aspects from using wills to break down “brick walls”, to seeing how testators furnished their homes and sometimes even what they wore. Personalities can show through, with hints of who they loved (or not) with some quite restrictive conditions imposed. Wills can also be great sources of previously unknown relatives or family friends.
Non-members can view this particular talk on the payment of a £3 fee.
E-mail: Chairman@suffolkfhs.org.uk for information on how to do this . A registration link will be e-mailed to members about 3 weeks before the event and a reminder will also be sent a few days before the talk.

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/

Unusual Suffok Gravestones

Posted by K Pulford on Sat, 10th Apr 2021

Unusual Suffolk Gravestones

By Robert Halliday
Thursday 13th May at @ 7.30 p.m.
On the ZOOM platform

We can be justly proud of Suffolk’s many historic churches, but how many people explore the churchyards that surround them? Suffolk churchyards contain many unusual gravestones and memorials, some showing beautiful craftsmanship, others displaying macabre imagery, and often with strange stories connected to them. Local historian. Robert Halliday, author of several books on East Anglian history, has spent many years studying gravestones, and will give a fascinating talk.

Non-members can acess this particular talk on payment of a fee of £3. Email: 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/

Opportunity to Get Involved in Web Site Developmen

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 7th Apr 2021

The society is looking for someone to take over maintaining our website and online shop; and possible carry out some development and enhancement. The main web site is written in HTML and JavaScript on the CodeIgniter and Bootstrap frameworks. The databases are run on an SQL database. The e-commerce part of the website is based on Magento. The web site is run on a shared Apache host running under UNIX. Development is done remotely so that it can be done from home.

The candidate should have some experience in coding in at least one high-level computer language, but experience with one or more of our technologies would be an advantage. We will give on-the-job training and help the person develop the necessary skills and knowledge in the other required technologies. The successful applicant will initially work beside the present developer until ready to take on more responsibilities. They will have to deal with understanding requirements from the Society's membership as well as administrators and turn these into user-friendly apps. Information transcribed from historic documents will need to be turned into apps that allow our members to search it for information relevant to their use. They should be willing to investigate and evaluate new technologies that might enhance the society's web site.

Experience and interest in family history research is obviously a decided advantage, but not an absolute pre-requisite. More important is familiarity with the coding, and what is required to maintain a club website, with membership database and online shop. Applicants in the first instance to Kevin Pulford by email: dataadmin@suffolkfhs.co.uk

A Directory of Suffolk Millers 1086 —1986

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 10th Mar 2021

A Directory of Suffolk Millers 1086 —1986

By Eileen Blythe
Saturday 8th May at 12 noon at 12 Noon
on the Zoom platform

Eileen has produced and published, after extensive research, a book on this fascinating topic. Eileen outlines what she found out.

It is surprising how many windmills there once were across Suffolk perhaps a miller, (of whatever name), was one of your ancestors!

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/

The A to Z of Curious Suffolk

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 3rd Mar 2021

THE A to Z OF CURIOUS SUFFOLK

by Sarah Doig
Saturday 24th April 2021 at 12 Noon
on the Zoom platform

Sarah Doig is an independent historical researcher and author, also a very popular speaker on local and general history.

Freston Tower on the Banks of the Orwell

This talk unearths a curious, alphabetical cornucopia of strange and mysterious facts about Suffolk. For instance, is the supposedly ancient game of Dwile Flonking quite so old - and what did Pepys and Daniel Defoe say about Suffolk cheese?

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/

Shoemakers to New Zealand

Posted by K Pulford on Tue, 2nd Mar 2021

A FREE Zoom Talk, 7.30pm, Thursday 15th April

The Zoom platform will be open on 7.15 on the day of the talk

Ken and Lesley Louich (from New Zealand) in Christchurch Park in Ipswich. Lesley did most of the New Zealand research.

Ken Finch presents:
Shoemakers to New Zealand

In the mid 19th century agricultural changes caused young people in particular to look further afield for employment. Some went to the north of England to seek employment in the Lancashire mills or pits of Durham. Others sought work on the railways and often families went in groups. The Church of the Latter Day Saints (The Mormons) encouraged new believers to move to Utah.

 The Talk tells of the Chisnell family who, with the encouragement of the local clergy left Suffolk for New Zealand, (unlike Australia which had become populated by criminals,(male and female), transported for what we would consider minor crimes). Those who went to New Zealand emigrated by free choice. We learn of hardships faced and a romantic story.

An email with a link to register will be sent to members about 3 weeks before the event, and a reminder also sent a few days before. Non-members can pay a fee of £3 for access to this presentation only. If wish to enquire about this or membership, send an email to:Chairman@suffolk.org.uk

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/