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My Ancestor Came from Suffolk


Suffolk has a wonderful history. In the past, most of the people were agricultural workers. However, fishing fleets have always brought back Icelandic cod and North Sea herring and mackerel. It had a major weaving industry up to the 17th century – producing sail-cloth, coconut fibre and horse-hair. Silk-weavers moved there from Spitalfields and china was manufactured in Lowestoft. It is also famous for the painters, Gainsborough and Constable.

In this one hour talk, Gill Blanchard aims to help you to find and use resources to trace your Suffolk ancestry. She explains what is available locally, nationally and online, using case studies to illustrate, for both family and local history research. Gill covers all the well-known places. Plus she introduces you to hidden gems.


About the speaker:  Gill Blanchard holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and was awarded a second MA in Biography and Creative Non Fiction by the University of East Anglia.

She has been conducting family, house and local history research on a full time professional basis since 1992, setting up her own research company, Past Search, in 1997.She is a full member of Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA). Gill began her research career by working at Norfolk Record Office for six years.

She is the author of several research guides, biographies and local histories, including ‘Tracing Your Ancestors: Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk’, available from Pen and Sword publishers.

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