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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: https://avsfhg.org.uk/

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 new venue for events is at Saxmundham's Fromus Centre. This is found behind the library: Saxmundham Hub, Street Farm Road, IP17 1AL. For more details on talks and how to access them, please go to the website listed above.


17th October 14:30 ☼ Understanding and Making the Most of your old Photos  Stephen Gill, FRPS 

21st November 14:30 ☼ From Rose to Wattle: 40 Years of Family Letters to/from Australia Chris Broom 

12th December 14:30 ☼ Members' stories [NB: This is on the second Monday] AVSFHG members 

16th January 14:30 ☼ The Turbulent History of Dunwich Heath (National Trust talk) Richard Symes,