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

Postal address:

PO Box 4502
Dorset DT9 6YL

Phone: +44 (0)1935 389611

SDFHS Family History Centre

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

Opening Hours (provisional, from 8 January 2018)

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

Closures 2017

The Family History Centre in Sherborne closed on Saturday 18 November 2017. We hope to reopen in Yeovil on Monday 8 January 2018.


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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.



Our new Family History Centre

We are very pleased to be able to confirm that our new Family History Centre will be at Broadway House, Peter St, Yeovil BA20 1PN.

After several weeks of hard work by our volunteers, our Library, with research areas and computer facilities, is starting to look good.

Our Sherborne Centre is now closed and we hope to be able to reopen in Yeovil on Monday 8 January 2018.

The Move - Day One

On Thursday 30 November, the contents of our Family History Centre at Sherborne were expertly packed into two vans by Bartletts Removals of Yeovil - the same local company who had moved us into the Sherborne Centre twelve years ago! It was a long day, which started at 7.30 am, but sustained by tea, coffee, chocolate brownies and mince pies, everything was on board by 4.30, ready for unloading tomorrow in Yeovil.


The Move - Days Two and Three

On Friday volunteers were at Broadway House by 7.10am for the arrival of the larger van, and unloading it and most of the smaller one took all day. Bartletts will be returning early on Monday to finish the unloading and then the unpacking can really begin. Although we hadn't planned to start unpacking on Friday, it soon became obvious that we needed to empty boxes and clear floor space as soon as possible, so on Friday and Saturday we managed to unpack all the Parish Files and the local history books for both counties.

The Move - Day Four

With another very early start today the removal company were able to unload the rest of the smaller van this morning and we have carried on unpacking Library books, and also managed to get one of our PCs installed and working - the rest are still in the orange crates!

Packing in Sherborne

Update 23 11.17: We have now just about finished packing up at Sherborne.


Preparing the Yeovil premises

Update 23.11.17: The repair work and decorating at Yeovil are now almost finished. Our volunteers have been putting the final touches to the painting and cleaning generally, ready for the move next week..


Two of the finished rooms. The larger one will be our Meeting Room, and the smaller room will be a secure office.

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:




Tales of Local Railways 

Saturday 25 November


This event will now be held in the Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne (next to the Digby Memorial Hall). For details see the events page.

Joining the Society

Our subscription year runs from 1 January to 31 December (and includes four issues of The Greenwood Tree). If you join the Society after 31 October 2017, your annual subscription will run until the end of 2018 (14 months, instead of 12) and you will be able straightaway to access our Members' Area and make use of our research facilities, though you will not receive the issues of The Greenwood Tree for 2017. The first issue you will receive will be that for March 2018. 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 (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

A Family History Christmas Tree


Our late friend and fellow volunteer, at the former Family History Centre in Sherborne, Eileen Holloway had signed herself up to the task of decorating a tree on a theme of family history in this year’s Christmas Tree Festival, in … Continue reading

Tales of Local Railways


We were in for a treat as we assembled for two railway themed talks in the Raleigh Hall in Sherborne last Saturday. This was the first time our talks were held in this hall and while we clearly regret leaving … Continue reading

The Greenwood Tree – December 2017


The December issue of The Greenwood Tree, my last as editor, will be reaching you in early December and the PDF (in full colour) can now be downloaded from the Members’ Area of our website. In the September issue you … Continue reading

Farewell to Eileen Holloway (1930-2017)


Eileen has been a regular volunteer at our Family History Centre for some considerable time. An experienced family historian she had fascinating stories to tell about her ancestor at the Crimea and another on the Oregon Trail. She did things … Continue reading