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.

Opening Hours:

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

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


For benefits and 'how to join' click link
Contact e-mail


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.

You might be at the stage where you are considering taking up this all-absorbing interest, or you may have started, hit a ‘brick wall’ and need guidance to break it down, or you may have been researching your family for many years - wherever you are on your journey please come and see us in person at Broadway House Family History Centre. It can often help just to talk about your research and our Volunteers are always on hand to help you search out that elusive ancestor, or suggest sources that you might not yet have investigated. Family history need not be a solitary computer-based occupation and at the SDFHS we offer you the chance to become part of a community of like-minded people.

If you aren't able to visit us in Yeovil, or go to any of our local Group meetings, you can always engage with us online via our blog and on social media: we have a Facebook Page and Group and you can follow us on Twitter. Please also explore this website as we have here a lot of useful and interesting information which can help you with your family history research.

Non-members can use the research facilities at our Family History Centre for only £3 a day but, as your research progresses, you might wish to consider becoming a member of the Society. 

Our Family History Centre is at Broadway House, Peter St, Yeovil BA20 1PN. You can find out more about the facilities we have to offer here. In November/December 2017 we moved into our current premises in Yeovil - some photographs of the move can be found here.

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.

Latest News

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.

Exhibition in Whitchurch Canonicorum - 24/25 March 2018

Sylvia Creed-Castle of our West Dorset Group has organised an exhibition about the men listed on the Whitchurch Canonicorum WWI Memorial. For full details, and to download a list of the commemorated men who served and died in the War, see the West Dorset Group page. 

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:





Somerset & Dorset Family History Society

The Greenwood Tree – March 2018


Paul Radford, the new Editor of the SDFHS journal, The Greenwood Tree, previews the contents of the March issue which is now being printed. The first issue of the year of The Greenwood Tree marks a new era for the … Continue reading

Family Tree Maker and the Ancestry App


It was two years ago in February 2016 that I wrote my first blog while trying to understand what was going on between Ancestry and the software Family Tree Maker that I had been using successfully on my desktop computer … Continue reading

Britain’s Post War Homes


Did you enjoy the recent BBC2 programme ‘A House Through Time’? In the last episode Deborah Sugg Ryan showed the Book of Britain’s Post-War Homes and this sent me scurrying upstairs as I have a copy of this book tucked … Continue reading

Broadway House Family History Centre – Peter Street


As we return to ‘business as usual’ in our brand new, to us, Broadway House Family History Centre in Yeovil, we would like to mark the occasion with a piece on some aspects of the history of the street on … Continue reading