We are a group of family history enthusiasts based near the Suffolk coast, midway between Felixstowe and Lowestoft. Since 2014, we have met at monthly intervals, usually in Leiston, with an outside speaker on matters of interest to family historians. These can include, but are no means limited to, subjects of local and regional social, legal, ecclesiastical, military and industrial history — offering an illuminating background to our ancestors' lives.
We meet on the third Monday of each month, March to October — but not in August — in Leiston United Church, 45a High Street, Leiston, IP16 4EL, starting at 7:30 p.m. In the winter months we meet in the afternoons in surrounding villages for our talks. Please see our Events pages for further details. The charge for attending meetings of the Group is £3.00 for visiting non-members, but only £1.00 for members. Tea, coffee and biscuits are included. Experienced family history researchers are at most meetings to help with your research.
We are always on the look-out for speakers for our Monday talks. If you are a historian, and interested in giving us a talk, please contact our Secretary.
In Leiston, we have a Research Centre, in which to store our equipment and research data. It holds a wide variety of records for Suffolk and for other counties — an Index is available. All these resources can be referenced by members (or visitors) on alternate Saturdays, or on a special request basis. Visitors are always welcome.
Members receive a quarterly free Newsletter bulging with reports on the Group's recent events; previews of future events, both of the Group and of other genealogy organisations (such as the Suffolk Record Office); information on newly-available archive material and limited-time discount offers at UK and international genealogy websites (such as Ancestry, Family Search and FindMyPast); requests of help, from elsewhere in the UK and abroad, in tracing their ancestors from this area of Suffolk; and other articles of interest. The Newsletter is typically 12 to 16 pages long — and is certainly more than worth the Group's annual membership fee alone! It is emailed (or exceptionally posted) exclusively to members.
In addition to the monthly meetings and other activities, we also undertake some field work. Please see our Church Records page for more on what we have done so far.
For solo research, this website also has many links to sites of interest in genealogy, local and social history, and related subjects. Of course, we have no responsibility for the content of those websites.
New members are always welcome – please visit our Membership page.