Suffolk Roots

The Society's quarterly journal is free to all members

Contributions to the next issue of the journal will, as always, be very welcome.



The theme for the June issue is:-

"Well I Never"

A surprising discovery that your research has revealed

This could have been:-
Finding someone famous in your family.
A surprising or unusual occupation.
A real rogue - or an admirable hero or heroine.
Connection to a historic event.
                                                               In fact anything unusual, unexpected, remarkable or intriguing

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. 

Contents of the June 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.

Sept 2019       "Well I never"
                          The most unexpected or surprising discoveries arising from your research.
      An unexpected or unusual occupation
                          Someone famous in your family
A real rogue - or an admirable hero
Involvement in an historic event
In fact aything ususual, unexpected, remarkable or intriguing

Dec. 2020      "Completing the Project"
                          How should your research be preserved for future generations?
Records kept by earlier generations are the roots of our family trees
                          How do we preserve our work to ensure it is accessible by future generations?
                          Can we look to commercial data suppliers to publish our research?
                          What facilities are available at SRO, The Hold, GOONS, SofG etc?
                          Is self-publishing an answer - if so, how do we go about it?
                          Which will survive continued technical developments, digital or paper records?

Mar. 2020      "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?

Jun. 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.

Help Required:

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.

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
( * 7th July for the September issue of 2019 )

(If your article is ready earlier, you need not wait for these deadlines to come around)

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