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 October 20th, please.

The theme for the December issue is:-

1918 - Return to the Future.

Their World War won, returning servicemen and women faced the necessity to heal shattered bodies and families and also the mammoth task of rebuilding careers, businesses industry and the very fabric of the nation itself.

For many the terrible experiences of the previous four years left an indelible mark while others had discovered  unexpected personal capabilities and seen a world very different from that which was hitherto "their lot".

Over the  next few years, some women were given the vote, automation progressively replaced manual jobs and embryonic social services began to expand as did education and opportunity.

How were your grandparents and great-grandparents affected by all this - and how did they respond? Was the return from the war the catalyst that brought changes passed on to you or your parents?

Please share your family's story with us. Their experiences will exemplify the problems encountered by others and may provide valuable information or research leads for other readers whose ancestors shared similar experiences.

Guidance notes of possible help to new contributors are at the foot of this column. Don't worry If this is your first article, just put your thoughts on paper and send them in and 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!).

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Some pages from the September 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.

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 we preserve our                           biographies?

Sept 2019:      "Well I never"
Your most unexpected discoveries arising from your research.

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.  


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)