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About DFHG

We are a very friendly independent group interested in the study of family, local and social history throughout the Norfolk and Suffolk borders. Some of our members have Norfolk and Suffolk ancestors but many are researching ancestors from all over Britain. Most of our members live in Norfolk or Suffolk but there are those who live as far away as America.

We have run occasional six-week courses on Family History, using a professional tutor, also afternoon workshops on various subjects such as wills, writing and publishing your family history and reading old handwriting. We have also organised outings to historic places. Some reports on talks can be found here.

We provide a twice-monthly illustrated newsletter of at least twenty pages which is emailed to all our members. An example of a newsletter can be found here.

Help needed .....

It is always helpful if members of the DFHG or visitors to this site can contribute to its content. If you could help with transcribing any information, have amendments or additions to existing information, or have, or would undertake, any small project, we are always grateful for this.

We are always looking for constructive feedback on the site and would welcome your comments.

As so many different devices are used to access the internet it is impossible to test all possible devices for errors, especially when searching data - if you could do a small piece of testing for us then please make contact.

To make contact use the Contact page.


We now invite a yearly membership subscription with renewal on 1st October each year.

Full membership - Subscription charge £12 per year. ( £18 for two people sharing the same address.)

Friends of DFHG - we also have a subscription charge of £8 per year for those who live too far away or for other reasons are unable to attend our meetings.

For more information please make contact using the Contact page.


The following are scheduled meetings with speaker/subject details. See home page for next meeting details. For more information on any of the meetings please make contact Contact.

21 Jun 2023 - “Norwich Shawls in the 19th century” (Joy Evitt)

19 Jul 2023 - “An ancestor I wish I could have met”

16 Aug 2023 - “Gone to Look for America” (Simon Pawley)

20 Sep 2023 - To be announced

18 Oct 2023 - “The Witchfinder General” (Nick Woods)

15 Nov 2023 - To be announced

Past meetings:

17 May 2023 - “Arsenic’s Toxic Legacy – People, Places, Pests and Peppermints” (Neil Dickinson)

19 Apr 2023 - “From Poacher to Pillar of Society”
15 Mar 2023 - “Whistlecraft”. (Pip Wright)
11 Mar 2023 - DFHG HISTORY FAIR AT Roydon Village Hall 10am-4pm
15 Feb 2023 - “WW1 Spies and spy stories in Norfolk”. (Steve Smith)
18 Jan 2023 - Talk: “Life in Medieval England”. (Mike Wabe).
21 Dec 2022 - Christmas Meeting.
16 Nov 2022 - “Mills on a stick”. (Andrew Tullett)
19 Oct 2022 - “Remembering, Researching and Writing”. (Jill Wright)
12 Oct 2022 - SPECIAL. Workshop ““A Little Learning”. (Tutor: Rosemary Steer)
21 Sep 2022 - “Twangs to Bangs (Archery to Fire power)”. (Mike Wabe)
17 Aug 2022 - “Poor Law & Settlement”. (Simon Pawley)
20 Jul 2022 - “The Dereham Zepplin Raid”. (Steve Smith)
15 Jun 2022 - “The Story of Lopham Linen”. (Jennie Vere)
18 May 2022 - “Terror in the Night – 1953 North Sea Surge”. (Michael Holland)
20 April 2022 - “Fred Rolfe, King of the Norfolk Poachers”. (Charlotte Paton)
16 Mar 2022 - Identifying and Dating Victorian Photographs. (Tom Doig)
16 Feb 2022 - “The Dereham Zepplin Raid”. (Steve Smith)
19 Jan 2022 - “The Unsavoury Tale of Elijah Snelling from Tivetshall”. (Nick Woods)
12 Jan 2022 - House Meeting (at Roydon)
15 Dec 2021 - CHRISTMAS MEETING – DFHG Members only
17 Nov 2021 - “HOUSE DETECTIVE – Researching the History of Your Home”. (Stephen Poulter)
20 Oct 2021 - “THE WIDOW KETT”. (Alice Kett)

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