Broadway House, Peter St, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1PN

Phone: +44 (0)1935 429609

SDFHS Family History Centre

Our Family History Centre is at Broadway House, Peter St, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1PN.

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Plan of Yeovil showing the nearest car parks to our Family History Centre - charges (as of October 2017).

Opening Hours:

Monday, Friday, Saturday 10am to 1pm
Thursday 10am to 4pm

On the third Tuesday in the month: 7-9pm.


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If you live in Somerset or Dorset, there is sure to be an SDFHS Group close to you. Click here for details of our Groups and their upcoming events' programmes.

AGM and Open Day

Our Annual General Meeting is held as part of an Open Day organised by each of our local Groups in turn. In 2018 this will be on Saturday 22 September in Wimborne Minster, Dorset. Further details.


Somerset & Dorset Family History Society

How can we help you?

We will help you to find documented facts about the lives of your former family members which will unlock doors to your own personal family story. Although we do specialise in Somerset and Dorset and have extensive records from our two counties, our experienced Research Volunteers have skills which can help you trace your family roots, regardless of where they might have originated.

Our Family History Centre is at Broadway House, Peter St, Yeovil BA20 1PN. Find out more about how we can help with your research and the facilities we have to offer.

Latest News

SDFHS Open Day and 2018 AGM

The Society's annual Open Day, including the 2018 Annual General Meeting, hosted this year by our East Dorset Group, will be held on Saturday 22 September 2018 in Wimborne Minster, Dorset. Further details.









Secure the shadow: Somerset Photographers 1839-1939

Our latest publication (June 2018) is a celebration of Somerset’s photographic history, as seen through the lives and work of nearly 800 photographers. 

Each photographer is listed with details of where he/she was working and when, together with an indication of the source of the information. 

The book will appeal to family, local, social and photographic historians, including collectors, as a reliable and indispensable reference source on the subject.

The accompanying DVD contains more than 1,500 images produced by Somerset photographers, and a mini-biography of each of the photographers. 

Book: A4 (297mm x 210mm). 105 pages. Soft covers.

DVD: 4,495 pages of which 2746 are images, mainly taken by the photographers, together with some other material such as advertisements.

Now on sale at our Family History Centre, price £12.00, or in our online shop, where prices include postage.

One of the authors, Phil Nichols, has written a post about the book on our blog.

Historic Migration from the West Country

Migration from the West Country features in many of the articles in the June issue of our journal The Greenwood Tree which was posted to members in early June. A full-colour PDF is available for download in our Members Area.








Wiltshire FHS Fair 2018

On Saturday 12 May, Angela McDonald represented the Society at the annual well-attended Wiltshire FHS Fair, held at Wilton, Wiltshire. Angela was kept busy with visitors to our table, including a number of SDFHS members who were pleased that we had a presence at the event. Angela was able to help people with research and one lady in particular was so pleased with the results that she gave us a generous donation. Several non-members took away our leaflets and we hope they will join the Society in the future.
The Wiltshire Family History Society was very welcoming and the refreshments they provided were most welcome!

Log-Book of Lytchett Matravers Primary School

The Society has been very fortunate to have been offered by Mike Randall, who was Head Teacher at Lytchett Matravers Primary School from 1983-2007, his transcript of the school’s Log Book from 1875-1918, with an index of names included. A PDF of the transcript is now available in our website's Members' Area.

Burial/Cremation records for Somerset and Dorset

SDFHS Members can now view or download fully searchable PDFs of around 100,000 Somerset and Dorset burials and more than 35,000 cremations in the Members' Area.

Weymouth Crematorium. The records, transcribed by Jennifer McGowan, relate to cremations from 1939-1997 (with a gap from 1942-62). The area covered is rather larger than the normal churchyard burials. It covers not only the Weymouth area, but also the cremations of people from elsewhere in Dorset and some from Somerset, and Devon. There were a few cremations from Royal Air Force Warmwell during the war, and also many from Yeovil, before that town’s own crematorium was opened in 1971. After Yeovil crematorium opened, the area covered was reduced but because of the growing popularity of cremation, the numbers at Weymouth did not seem to go down.

Somerset and Dorset Burials. These files cover burials in Dorset parish churches (Abbotsbury to Broadwindsor, East Stoke-Lydlinch), plus burials in Somerset: Bath Jewish Cemetery (Combe Down), Castle Cary (Zion Chapel), Highbridge Cemetery, Keynsham (Baptist Chapel), Mid Lambrook (Independent) and Taunton (Baptist Chapel).

SDFHS Baptisms and Burials on 'The Genealogist'

All family historians know how important it is to have as many records as possible available online since not everyone is in a position to visit the relevant Archives themselves. The Somerset & Dorset Family History Society has been transcribing records in the two counties for more than 40 years and during that time we have been able to provide details from our extensive databases to help researchers who visit us, or send us enquiries. We will be continuing this service but are very pleased now that we have been able, working with The Genealogist, to make these records available online so that family historians can use them wherever they are based.

Our records are included in full subscriptions to 'The Genealogist' or you can subscribe to our baptisms and burials only at FHS Online:




Joining the Society

Our subscription year runs from 1 January to 31 December (and includes four issues of The Greenwood Tree). Download an application form.

Current annual subscription rates are: UK individual: £18, UK Family: £20, Overseas Individual: £22, Overseas Family: £24.

If you subscribe for three years (currently 2018-2020), you will get a discount and the three-year rates are: UK Individual £50; UK Family £56; Overseas Individual £62; Overseas Family £68.

An hour of free research for new Members

We are offering new members of the Society a complimentary hour's work on your first research request to one of our experienced Volunteers. Please see here for full details.

Download the November 2015 issue of The Greenwood Tree

If you are not yet a member of the Society and would like to see a copy of The Greenwood Tree before joining, you can download a PDF of the November 2015 edition here.


Somerset & Dorset Family History Society

Historic Migration from the West Country


I must preface this article by stating that I am no expert on migration – this post is merely a transcript of my notes on the recent seminar, held to mark the 20th anniversary of a similar event held in … Continue reading

Somerset Photographers 1839-1939


On 31 August 1844, an advertisement in the Warwick and Warwickshire Advertiser announced that, during the following week at the Bowling Green, Warwick “Master Augustus Gyngell, only eight years of age, the child with the iron nerve, will make his … Continue reading

Milborne Port and the local area in WWII


Our next Sherborne event is on Saturday 30 June – 2.30pm in the Raleigh Hall on Digby Rd – when Richard Duckworth will be presenting old film footage of the area around Milborne Port/Sherborne during World War II. The film, … Continue reading

The Railway History of Yeovil, South Somerset & West Dorset


On Saturday 9 June, Roger Marsh will be giving a talk for the Society on The Railway History of Yeovil, South Somerset & West Dorset in the Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne DT9 3NL at 2.30pm. With the advent of … Continue reading