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Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group

The Family History Research Centre 

The Group runs an informal family history Research Centre in Leiston.  It is in the Leiston Council offices, open to all — members and non-members — free of charge.

Due to coronavirus, normal meetings and activities have changed. Find up-to-date information on our website: http://aldevalleyfamilyhistorygroup.onesuffolk.net/

The Research Centre contains much local information which is not available online, including graveyard catalogues for Benhall, Saxmundham, Leiston, Eastbridge, Aldringham and Sutton, censuses, directories, information on local war memorials, books and historic maps.  We have a large number of CDs and microfiches of local interest — in fact, we hold a wide variety of records for Suffolk and other counties.  An index is available. There are also computers with internet, a printer and a scanner. Experienced family history researchers are present to give assistance if required.  The Group looks forward to helping you with your research, including the guilty pleasure of tracing those elusive black sheep!

The Research Centre is upstairs in the old Council Offices, Main Street, Leiston, IP16 4ER, in the same building as, and to the right of, the Library, opposite the Long Shop Museum.  Please note that access is by a steep staircase.  You can park outside free of charge for one hour, or there's an “unlimited” free car park in Valley Road — go straight down past Barclays Bank and it's 100 yards or so on the right.To gain access to the Research Centre on a Saturday morning, you will need to ring the doorbell, and wait for one of the volunteers on duty to 'run' down the stairs to welcome you and let you in — we keep the door locked to deter nefarious intruders. Visitors are always most welcome.

Mar 21 2.30pm - “Solving Genealogy brick-walls: finding a great-grandfather” DNA Case Study by Mia Bennett - Leiston Community Centre and on Zoom

Apr 25 2.30pm - AGM followed by short talk “Why do Family History?” Chris Broom - Leiston Community Centre and on Zoom

The Annual General Meeting of the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group will be a ‘hybrid’ meeting, to be held at Leiston Community Centre, IP16 4JX and online via Zoom, on Monday 25th April 2022 at 2.30 pm.

Non-members may attend the AGM, but only paid up members can vote.

The meeting will be followed by an open forum discussion on the nature of the Group, with contributions from the floor welcome. Then Chris Broom will give a short talk on “ Why Family History Matters”.

If you wish to attend via Zoom, you can register via our website, avsfhg.org.uk/book

May 16 7.30pm – “Soil Sisters”: The Women’s Land Army in Suffolk Nicky Reynolds - Leiston Community Centre and on Zoom

Jun 20    7.30pm – Endell Street Hospital (founded by Louisa Garrett Anderson) by Wendy Moore – Leiston Community Centre and on Zoom

Jul 18     7.30pm – Tracing a House History by Gill Blanchard – Leiston Community Centre and on Zoom

See our website  http://aldevalleyfamilyhistorygroup.onesuffolk.net/