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.

Find us on Google maps.

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

Opening Hours:

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

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

* On Thursdays and Fridays we may close earlier than 4pm if we have no visitors, and if no advanced bookings have been made. To avoid disappointment, especially if you are travelling some distance to visit us, please let us know in advance when you are intending to come.

Christmas/New Year

Our Family History Centre will close at 1pm on Saturday 21 December 2019 and reopen at 10am on Thursday 2 January 2020.


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 2019 the Open Day/AGM will be organised by our West Somerset Group and will be held on Saturday 21 September 2019 at The Tithe Barn, Dunster.


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

Coming soon - our new website. Watch this space (literally).


New Treasurer needed

The Somerset & Dorset Family History Society urgently needs a new Treasurer to take over from Rose Figgins. Anyone interested in taking on this vital role for the Society should contact Rose.

Letters home to Yeovil in the Great War, 1914-1918.

Letters Home to Yeovil in the Great War, 1914-1918 by Jack Sweet has just been published by the Society.

During the First World War, Yeovil men and women served on the Western Front, in Belgium and France, and many other places.  Letters to and from home were welcomed by all recipients and during the four years of the war, the Western Gazette published a weekly column 'Yeovil and the War' which included letters, either in full or extract, sent home to friends and relations by local men serving at the various fronts. The 124 letters published in this book are the authentic voices of those who were there a century ago. The book also includes photographs of many of the men who wrote the letters and of Yeovil at the time, as well as postcards sent from the front.

86 pages.  Soft covers. Over-the-counter price: £10.00. Available by post from our online shop, where prices include postage: UK £12.20. Overseas: £15.40.


Secure the shadow: Somerset Photographers 1839-1939

Secure the Shadow 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 data DVD (for use on a computer) 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. Please note that the DVD needs to be used on a computer. It will not work in a DVD player.

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.

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 2019-2021), 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 June 2018 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 June 2018 edition here.


Somerset & Dorset Family History Society

A Merry Christmas Miscellany


Now what do you think of this magnificent Christmas spread found amongst the festive displays at the local garden centre here in Sherborne? While all the smaller kids, having first fought their way through rows of ‘fur’ coats – the … Continue reading

The Greenwood Tree – December 2019


The Eureka moments that produce sudden and unexpected breakthroughs in your family history research provide the theme for the December edition of The Greenwood Tree. Editor Paul Radford previews the edition which will be mailed to members shortly and which SDFHS … Continue reading

Lost Dorset – The Villages & Countryside


Lost Dorset – The Villages and Countryside is the title of David Burnett’s latest book and also of his recent talk given in Sherborne. David founded the Dovecote Press in 1974 in the small hamlet of Stanbridge near Wimborne to … Continue reading

Provoking memories via Yeovil Library window display


Congratulations to Anne Warr and John Damon for producing such an eye-catching display to promote our society in the window of Yeovil Library. This is the second time we have been featured in this window; on the earlier occasion it … Continue reading