Suffolk Roots

the Society's quarterly journal
.  .  .  .  and it is free to 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 April please.

The theme for the June issue is Arts Crafts and Pastimes.
We are looking for articles on what our forebears may have produced - whether in the course of their daily occupation or during what leisure time they had - and for examples of anything that may survive to this day (perhaps as a family 'heirloom').

Whether your ancestors were Poachers or Prize-fighters; Journeymen or Jugglers; Dressmakers or Dairymaids; Shoemakers or Shipwrights; Ag-labs or Artists most had their own particular skills. Many guarded them closely and only handed them on to sons and daughters while others left behind examples of their work that can still be seen today.

Please send your story, whether of locality or family examples, by the 20th of April to 'catch' the June issue of Suffolk Roots or by July 20th for the September publication

Guidance notes of possible helpl 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.


June :              Arts, Crafts and Pastimes
Individual skills and accomplishments in work or leisure

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

December:   1918 - Back to the Future
The great wars changed the world - the survivors had to rebuild families, society and the nation.

March 2019:  Getting around
                         Transport for work and leisure purposes.

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.

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.  


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 always very welcome.

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 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 in print or on the Internet.

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