Welcome to AVSFHG
Our aim is to promote the study of family history in East Suffolk in particular and to provide support and help for those wishing to trace their family history outside the area. We cater not only for those who wish to research their local family history but also for those now living in Suffolk whose ancestors were from out of the county.
We meet on the third Monday of each month (no meeting in August) in the Leiston Community Centre, King Georges Avenue, Leiston, starting at 7:30 pm.
There is an on-site car park which can accommodate about 30 cars, and additional on-street car parking.
See our Programme Page for details.
Admission is £1.50 for members, £2.50 for visitors. Tea, coffee, and biscuits are included. Visitors are always most welcome.
Experienced family history researchers are at most meetings to offer research advice.
DID YOU LOSE A RELATIVE DURING THE 1ST WORLD WAR?
We are gathering information for a memorial book to honour servicemen who were either born, lived or worked in Leiston. If your ancestor's name appears on the wall of the chapel in Leiston Cemetery commemorating those who died during the Great War we would be grateful to hear from you.
See our Memorial page for details.
Aldeburgh War Memorial Research
Simon Last of Charnwood Genealogy is carrying out some research into the names on the Aldeburgh War Memorial and is looking for the personal stories and photographs to accompany the military research that someone else has already carried out - the names include amongst many BACKHOUSE, COMYNS-LEWER, EASEY, HAKEN, JEARY, MOUNTAIN, PALLANT, RAVEN, SHEMMING, TIBBENHAM and WADE - if anyone has any connections and can help please let him know.
The full list of names can be found at
Simon can be contacted at
News from the National Archives
View The November 2013 enewsletter from the National Archives.
The National Archives has launched a First World War Portal *, bringing together all of The National Archives' First World War resources in a single place.
The National Archives' November 2013 newsletter includes articles on medal card indexes (WO 372), prisoner of war interviews 1914-1918 (WO 161), RAF Officers' service records (AIR 76), service and pension records 1914-1920 (WO 363 & WO 364 respectively), Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WO 398), and British Army Nurses (WO 399).
From January 2014 The National Archives will be launching even more digitised record series, including the Unit War Diaries (WO 95).
* Searching the records is free but a small charge applies to download digital copies.
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Page last updated 19 November 2013