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 by April 20th, please.
PLEASE NOTE: THE DEADLINE FOR ARTICLES TO APPEAR IN THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE IS JULY 7th, THIS YEAR.
(THE SEPTEMBER JOURNAL WILL BE PUBLISHED IN LATE AUGUST AS IT WILL INCLUDE MATTERS REGARDING OUR AGM AND FAIR, ON 14th SEPTEMBER)
The theme for the June issue is:-
One day we will all be Ancestors
How do we want to be remembered?
We have all made surprising discoveries among the records of our forebears; sometimes these have led to admiration, delight, shock - perhaps even shame
Where and how do we strike a balance between integrity of leaving a complete record, upon which others can base further research, and respect for the basic principle that errors should, where appropriate, be forgiven and forgotten?
As for ourselves;
WHO - is it that had significant influence to shape our personality, beliefs, ambitions and achievements?
WHAT - do we want our descendants to know about ourselves, our problems and our successes?
WHEN - should we add to or explain what the public records say about us?
WHERE - is the best place to deposit and preserve our story - and what medium should we use to do so?
WHY - do we think certain aspects of our lives and times will matter to those who come after us?
HOW - can we compile the essence of our lives into an interesting and lasting record that benefits others?
Wherever possible please include relevant pictures - they 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 March issue of Suffolk Roots
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?
Please don't forget that members suggestions for future themes are always very welcome.
This section in each issue seeks information from readers about people and places - or occasions - that you have found difficult to research - and you can include photographs, documents or trees illustrating relevent people and places too.
And we are also keen to hear how help from others - through the Help Required Section or otherwise - may have led to a brick-wall tumbling and the further growth of your family tree.
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.
THE COPYRIGHT IN MATERIAL PUBLISHED IN SUFFOLK ROOTS IS HELD JOINTLY BY BOTH THE SOCIETY AND THE 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:-
Editor, Suffolk Roots
12 Hall Road, Chilton Hall
Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1TN