Suffolk Roots

Is the Society's quarterly journal
.  .  .  .  and it is free to members.

The theme for the March issue is From the Cradle to the Grave and is intended to look at what systems and experiences existed and how they affected our ancestors down the years before the development of the NHS and Social Security in the middle of the twentieth century.

If you have researched or have family experiences to relate that pertain to health, education, old-age, family support or public institutions do please share them with us. What you may have discovered about care for or treatment of your ancestors would probably have been similar for most living at that time and may shed interesting light on other members' family histories.

Please send your stories of local or family experiences, whether current or historic, by the 20th of January to 'catch' the March issue of Suffolk Roots.

Some guidance notes which may be helpful to new contributors appear at the foot of this column. If this is your first attempt, don't worry, just put your thoughts on paper and send them in (with any pictures you may have) and the editorial process will look after the rest.


March :           From the cradle to the grave
Care, support and help for those in need - before the advent of Social Security

June :              Arts, Crafts and Pastimes
Individual skills and accomplishments - Poaching to Building: Entertainment to Politics

September:  Inheritances and Characteristics
What our ancestors handed on - characteristics, property or traditions

December:   Back to the Future
The great wars changed the world - the survivors had to rebuild families, society and the nation.

And  please don't forget  -  Members suggestions for future themes will be very welcome.

Contributions to the journal on any genealogical matter are always eagerly received whether they are readers' memoirs and pictures;  the writer’s family research - or life in historic Suffolk.

A Help Required section in each issue seeks information from readers about people and places - or occasions - that you find difficult to research. If you have unsuccessfully  posted a query on the Forum in the Members' Area, a query published in the journal may reach a different group of potential helpers - and you can include photographs of relevent people and places too.

With the availablility to members of back issues of "Roots"  on the society website, the journal now forms a growing, permanent record of the experiences and lives of Suffolk families and the county as they knew it.

With an eye to the future the journal also offers an opportunity to publish pictures in your family collection which show Suffolk places, activities and people as they once were:

Share them now and thereby make them available to others in the future.  


A few pages from the latest journal are reproduced below

 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 very welcome.

ALWAYS REMEMBER to send your illustrations separately from the text. Sending text and pictures in a single file complicates the editing and printing processes and in some circumstances may result in rejection of the article for practical reasons.

Remember that anything dowloaded from the internet will probably be only 72 dpi which is fine for viewing on a screen but will appear very 'blocky' on the printed page and thus detrimental to the maintenace of a 'quality' publication (for which 300 dpi is the preferred standard).

The journal is keen to print those unpublished photographs of historic Suffolk  which you may have hidden away in your family collections. If damaged pictures need to be retouched for publication, we'll send you a new print!


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

Reproducing a short extract is usually deemed not to require permission, providing it is 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.

Articles submitted for publication in Suffolk Roots are
deemed to convey contributors' permission to repeat 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
IP14 1TN

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