Suffolk Roots

The Society's quarterly journal is free to all members

Your contributions to the next issue of the journal will, as always, be very welcome and should be sent to the editor before January 20th, please.



The theme for the March issue is:-

Transport Down the Years

How did your ancestors travel for work and family reasons?

Many of the necessities with which we are familiar today also impacted upon the lives of those from whom we are descended. Work was not always on the doorstep so how did they reach their place of employment - or travel to find employment in the first place?

Keeping in touch with family was not always a question of going next-door or just around the corner. Some, women away from home in service, for example, had to make a long journey in the short free-time that they were allowed.

From our family research many of us will be familiar with our ancestors' marriages taking place some distance from their homes (sometimes but not always to the Bride's parish) how did they travel to meet and eventually marry their spouse?

And of course there was the necessity to move Suffolk's produce from farm or factory to the consumer. Sea, road, rail and river would all have been used by our forbears. 

What stories or memories do you have of how these problems were tackled or why the necessity to travel led to  innovative thinking?

Don't worry If this is your first article, just put your thoughts on paper and send them in;  the editorial process will look after the rest.

Don't forget to include any relevant pictures - they sometimes really can tell "a thousand words" (or almost!).

Some notes of possible help to new contributors are at the foot of this column. 

A few pages from the December issue of Suffolk Roots


Forthcoming Themes:

The theme of each issue is supplementary to the main thrust of the journal which comprises your contributions on any genealogical subject, whether it be readers' memoirs, family research or historic pictures. In fact everything relating to family history with Suffolk connections.

June 2019:     "One day we will be ancestors"
What do we want our descendants to know about us? How do we compile the essence of our lives into
                         a lasting record; how and where should we preserve our biographies?

Sept 2019:      "Well I never"
The most unexpected or surprising discoveries arising from your research.

Dec:. 2019:     "A Chat with my Ancestor"
     Who, in your family tree, would you most like to most like to meet?
                          If you could do so, with whom would you sit down for a chat over a cup of tea?
                          Who would you like to take down to the pub (and which pub) and what would you ask them?
                          Is it information about other family members that would be top of your list or maybe you would
                          like to know more about living in Suffolk (or elsewhere) during his or her lifetime.
                          Is there an ancestor who made a decision that has affected your life today - and would you like to
                          thank him or her or take the chance to express your disappointment or anger?

Mar: 2020:    "My toughest Brickwall" 
                         How did you finally overcome that nagging data block?
                         Did an unexpected data-source provide a breakthrough?
                         Perhaps re-examination of your files cast a new light.
                         Maybe it was when you saw an original record rather than the online transcript?
                         Or is there still an annoying block that another reader may resolve?

And, of course, members suggestions for future themes are always very welcome.

Help Required:

This section in each issue seeks information from readers about people and places - or occasions - that you have found difficult to research. If a query posted on the Forum in the website Members' Area was unsuccessful, a query published in the journal may reach a different group of potential helpers - and you can include photographs, documents or trees illustrating relevent people and places too.

Historic Pictures:

With eyes on the future as well as our past, the journal offers an opportunity to publish pictures from your family collection showing Suffolk places, activities and people as they once were.  If damaged pictures need to be retouched for publication, we'll send you a new print, free of charge, if you would like one!

Share them now and thus preserve them and also make them available to future researchers accessing Suffolk Roots back-issues in the Members Area.  

Each issue of the Journal (from 1975 to 2013) can be viewed in the Members Area of the Society's website

Writing articles for Suffolk Roots:

Articles are usually strongly linked to the county of Suffolk and its people but can be on any genealogical topic of interest to SFHS members.

Handwritten or typewritten text is perfectly OK - although a MS Word or similar file is helpful.

All articles are re-composed at the editing stage to fit the Suffolk Roots page design so you don't need to worry about which typeface to use or page layout to follow - but please send your illustrations and text in separate files the illusrations being high resolution (300dpi or greater) .jpg  format files.

Do remember to quote your membership number when submitting your article so those readers who may have information to pass on, or questions to raise, can contact you through the society.

If you wish, you can also add your email or postal address or your phone number, so you can be contacted directly - but this information is not essential.

Pictures, family-trees, photographs and drawings, whether in colour or black and white are always very welcome.

We seldom receive extracts from family trees but this is an excellent way of clarifying complex relationships.

REMEMBER Illustrations should be sent separately from the text. Sending text and pictures in a single composite file complicates the editing and printing processes and in some circumstances may result in rejection of the article for purely practical reasons.

It is worth pointing out that anything dowloaded from the internet will probably be only 72 dpi which is fine for viewing on a screen but will reproduce badly on the printed page and thus be detrimental to the maintenace of a 'quality' publication (300 dpi being the required standard).


If your article includes photographs or long quotations from another publication you should seek permission to use them from the author, publisher or copyright holder, unless the material is beyond the copyright expiry date.

Short extracts are usually deemed not to require permission, providing they are accredited to the original author. 


Permission must be obtained from the editor before material originally published in Suffolk Roots is used in any other publication, whether print, on the Internet or any other medium.

Submission of articles for publication in Suffolk Roots is deemed to convey contributors' permissions to quote  part or all of the article on the society's website. 

If you would like to contribute to an issue of Suffolk Roots,
send your text and pictures by mail or by email to:-

Geoff. Dennish
Suffolk Roots
12 Hall Road, Chilton Hall
Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1TN

 Please ensure that your article is with the editor six weeks* before the publication month to allow time for the editing, printing, binding and despatch processes
ie by 20th Jan; 20th April; 20th July or 20th October
(If your article is ready earlier, you need not wait for these deadlines to come around)