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 the end of July please.

The theme for the September issue is:-
Inheritance & Characteristics.

Most of us owe a lot to our forebears, whether it be our physical appearance, our beliefs, our trade or profession or the responsibilities and possessions handed down to us.

Many Family Researchers will have found an occupation that has been followed by several generations of their family line, while others carry on campaigns in which ancestors were active.

This year there have been many instances of women whose great-grandmothers were active in the suffrage movements, continuing today to further the on-going cause of womens' equality.

As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of birth of the NHS and the 100th of the formation of the RAF, most of us will know doctors or nurses, pilots or engineers who were inspired to follow earlier generations of their family who had been instrumental in making a success of the early days of these and other organisations.

Please share your story, whether of physical or character likenesses passed down; family traditions followed - or even status or possessions inherited - to arrive by the 20th of July for publication in the September issue of Suffolk Roots.

Guidance notes of possible help to new contributors are at the foot of this column. If this is your first article, don't let that worry you, 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.


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

December:   1918 - Back to the Future
The "Great War" had changed the world in many ways and those who were fortunate to survive returned home to the task of rebuilding damaged families, shattered lives and the nations's fortunes.

March 2019:  Getting around
                         Transport of yester-year  for work and leisure purposes.

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 our biographies be preserved?

Members suggestions for future themes are always very welcome.

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.

The June 2018 issue of Suffolk Roots

A Help Required 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.

With eyes on the future as well as our past, the journal offers an opportunity to publish pictures from your family collection which show Suffolk places, activities and people as they once were:

Share them now and thus preserve them and also make them available to future researchers.  


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).

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, free of charge, if you would like one!


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 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)