About Us

Founded at Lowestoft in 1975, we are a group of keen amateur genealogists whose objectives are to promote and encourage the study of family history, genealogy, heraldry and local history with particular reference to Suffolk; and to promote the preservation, security and accessibility of archive material.

The Society is a registered charitable company, run by its elected Trustees and Elected Officers with the support of Honorary Members and other volunteers and is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies.

This page contains information about the society and its organisation.

 Our Groups

The Society has six groups, based in the major population centres in the County and an Out of County group based in West London.

Monthly meetings are held in:

A warm welcome awaits you at any of our group meetings. Each group organises its own programme of talks, walks, open days and events. Advice is always available for those just starting their family tree, or those who are looking for a missing 'branch.' For more information click on the required Group name above.

The Society has a comprehensive programme to publish local material including indexes and transcripts of records. Members are encouraged to take part in projects such as recording gravestone inscriptions, indexing and transcribing parish and other archives.

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Current Projects

The society organises a number of projects to collect and index information relevant to family history and makes this available for purchase via our online shop.. The work at the record offices uses transcribers and checkers where the original registers are available. For those working at home, copies of parish register pages on microfiche are provided . 

Marriage Index

 The project aims index all the marriages registered in the parish churches in the county. The registers are being transcribed in phases starting at the earliest and going back to the earlier ones. The first two phases, 1813-1837 and 1754 to 1812 has now been completed and are published and available for purchase . The third phase 1650 to 1753 is now under way with some indexes already published. To see what indexes are available and the information they contain see here. If you would like to help and want to know more please contact our Marriage Index Co-ordinator 

 Baptism Index

The project aims to index all the baptisms recorded in the parish registers in the county.  The registers are being transcribed in phases starting at the latest and going back to the earlier ones. The first phase, 1813-1837  has now been completed and is published and available for purchase . The second phase 1754 to 1812 is now almost complete with some indexes already published and available for purchase. The third phase 1650 to 1753 has been stated again with some indexes available for purchase. To see what indexes are available and the information they contain see here. If you would like to help and want to know more please contact our Baptism Index Co-ordinator 

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Publications

We publish the results of our indexing and they are available to buy to support your research. We also publish a quarterly journal, Suffolk Roots which is provided as part of membership. See publications page.

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Fairs

We send representatives of the society to family history fairs outside the county where, if you don't live in the county is an opportunity to meet the society or possibly examine and purchase the societies products.

The society also holds its own Family History fair where there are many family history stalls, and lectures. Many of the society's officers will also be there so it will be an opportunity to meet them.

The fairs visit programme is here and the programme for our fair is here.

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Elected Officers

Chairperson

Chairperson to be appointed

Vice Chairman

Andy Kerridge
8 Wyvern Close
Broughton Astley
Leicester LE9 6NH
vicechairman@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Hon Secretary Ken Finch
65 Churchill Avenue
Ipswich
Suffolk IP4 5DT
treasurer@suffolkfhs.org.uk
Hon. Treasurer Ken Finch
65 Churchill Avenue
Ipswich
Suffolk IP4 5DT
treasurer@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Co-ordinators

Membership Secretary

 

[Changes to membership details

should be sent here]

Andy Kerridge
8 Wyvern Close
Broughton Astley
Leicester LE9 6NH
membership@suffolkfhs.org.uk
Publications Officer Jean Licence
60 Oldfield Road
Ipswich
Suffolk IP8 3SE
publications@suffolkfhs.org.uk
Roots Editor Post Vacant
editor@suffolkfhs.org.uk 
Baptism Index Search Service Provider Arthur Bird
Highlands, 1 Grays Close
Hadleigh, Ipswich
Suffolk IP7 6AG
baptismsearch@suffolkfhs.org.uk
Baptism Index Co-ordinator Alan Bumpstead
71, Downs Crescent
Haverhill
Suffolk, CB9 9LJ
baptisms@suffolkfhs.org.uk
Baptism Index Co-ordinator (1650-1812 West of County)  Christine Palmer
32, Rembrandt Way
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 2LR
baptisms@suffolkfhs.org.uk
Baptism Index Co-ordinator (1650-1812 East of County) Diane Kirby
Lea View, Park Lane
Langham, Colchester
Essex CO4 5NJ
baptisms@suffolkfhs.org.uk
Marriage Index Search Service Provider & Co-ordinator Pamela Palgrave FSG
Crossfield House Dale Road
Stanton, Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP31 2DY
marriages@suffolkfhs.org.uk
Burial Index Co-ordinator Arthur Bird
Highlands, 1 Grays Close
Hadleigh, Ipswich
Suffolk IP7 6AG
burials@suffolkfhs.org.uk
Burial Index Search Provider Ann Youngs
6 Gresham Close
Oulton Broad
Lowestoft
Suffolk NR32 3DH
burialsearch@suffolkfhs.org.uk
Monumental Inscriptions Search Service Provider & Co-ordinator Ann Youngs
6 Gresham Close
Oulton Broad
Lowestoft
Suffolk NR32 3DH
burialsearch@suffolkfhs.org.uk
Librarian Jean Licence
60 Oldfield Road
Ipswich
Suffolk IP8 3SE
workhouse@suffolkfhs.org.uk
Webeditor for all contributions and website content Kevin Pulford
23 BristolRoad
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 2DH
webeditor@suffolkfhs.org.uk
Webmaster For problems on the website or shop please contact the Webmaster
webmaster@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Honorary Officers

Patron

  Mr. Douglas Howlett

Honorary Life Members

  The Lord Tollemache KCVO
  Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld Bt, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms
  Mrs. Katherine Bardwell
  Mrs Margaret Barfield
  Mrs Pat King-Gardiner
  Mr. Harry Chesney
  Mrs. Elizabeth Arkieson
  Mr. Gwyn Thomas
  Mr. Michael J Durrant
  Mr. Robert Brown
  Mrs. Ann Youngs
  Mr. Douglas Howlett

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SOCIETY TRUSTEES

Chairperson to be appointed

chairman@suffolkfhs.co.uk
Andy Kerridge vicechairman@suffolkfhs.co.uk 
  Ken Finch treasurer@suffolkfhs.co.uk
  Arthur Bird baptismsearch@suffolkfhs.co.uk
  Gwyn Thomas Gwyn@suffolkfhs.co.uk
  Geoffrey Dennish editor@suffolkfhs.co.uk
  Joan Horton londontrustee@suffolkfhs.org.uk
  Howard King publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk
  Andy Kerridge membership@suffolkfhs.org.uk
Brian Thompson brian@suffolkfhs.co.uk
David Horton londontrustee@suffolkfhs.org.uk
David Talmage webmaster@suffolkfhs.co.uk