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

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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.

Membership

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

Groups

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

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 is now being printed and will be posted to members in early June. A full-colour PDF is already available for download in our Members Area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday 9 June, our West Dorset Group will be hosting a Study Day, discussing when and why people emigrated from the West Country, and where they went. For full details see the West Dorset Group page.

 

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.

 

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The Greenwood Tree – June 2018

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Paul Radford, Editor of the SDFHS Journal, The Greenwood Tree, previews the contents of the June issue which is now being printed and will be posted to all members in early June. SDFHS members can already download the electronic version from the … Continue reading

Emigration from the West Country

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It is now twenty years since the successful ‘Dorset and the New World’ event took place in Lyme Regis in June 1998 when more than 250 people attended, including a group of Americans from the Mary & John Clearing House … Continue reading

The Greenwood Tree – March 2018

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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

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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