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Somerset & Dorset
Family History Society

Welcome to the SDFHS

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.

SDFHS Family History Centre

Broadway House Family History Centre, our home in Yeovil, is an ideal location in the centre of the town.

Christmas/New Year closure

Our Family History Centre will close for the Christmas/New Year holidays at 4pm on Thursday 21 December 2023 and will reopen at 10am on Thursday 4 January 2024.

Online Talks

Online talks are being hosted by some of our local Groups, giving us the opportunity to engage with our members and the family history community worldwide.

Visit Our Shop

Are you looking for family history publications? Why not try looking in our on-line shop. We have a wide range of books and CDs relating to both Somerset and Dorset, as well as more general family-history and local-history publications.

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Join us this Saturday 11 May for Somerset Day! 🐲A day that marks Alfred the Great's 👑 call to arms and the gathering of 'all the people of Somerset' to march against the invading Viking army in 878 AD. It's now an annual opportunity to celebrate all that is great about Somerset. Here at Avalon Archaeology, we will be marking the day by welcoming reenactors Draca Beorder to bring the site to life as well as running children’s activities exploring life in Saxon Somerset. 🔨 Strike an Alfred coin, follow the Alfred Art 🖼 Trail, learn to write in the style of King Alfred and dress up like a Saxon for a 📸 selfie in the longhall.👉 Plus why not explore the Anglo-Saxon longhall and Roman dining room. There is also a reconstructed Viking ship and Iron Age roundhouse under construction.Entry tickets to Avalon Archaeology can be purchased on the day at the welcome hut. Your entry ticket includes free re-entry to the site during normal opening hours for the rest of 2024.Find out more about our Somerset Day event here: swheritage.org.uk/events/somerset-day/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Join Mary Siraut, editor of the Somerset Victoria County History, on Sunday 2 June for a gentle walk around East Reach, one of Taunton's historic roads.Places are limited for safety. To book email [email protected] or phone 01823 347456 during office hours. Suggested donations of £5 to the Somerset VCH. ... See MoreSee Less
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The South West Maritime History Society, a charitable organisation, are promoting understanding and awareness of our Maritime History.They have organised a Maritime History Day in Watchet on May 18th. Here is the link where you can buy tickets: www.swmaritime.org.uk/product/watchet-history-day/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Our next webinar - The Turbevilles of Gaulden Manor will be on Thursday 16th May. The lecture will be given by David Victor.To Register please email: [email protected]Or to register directly, go to: us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uTs5qBGjRayU7BWMgAeC4g ... See MoreSee Less
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The Abbot’s Fish House in Meare, Somerset, England, was built in the 1300s. The Domesday Book of 1086 documented the fish ponds surrounding the Fish House, which were cared for by a team of ten fishermen. Fish were an important source of food for the monks of Glastonbury Abbey.ruralhistoria.com/.../the-fishy-story-of-the.../ ... See MoreSee Less
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The Friends of Wembdon Road Cemetery do amazing work ... See MoreSee Less
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US Troops in An English Village- Everyday Life With the Americans in Burton Bradstock, Dorset, England, UK, 1944''Pfc Edward Shea (of 27 Wentworth Street, Dorchester, Massachusetts) fills up his jeep in the sunshine at the petrol station in Burton Bradstock, Dorset. According to the original caption, the gas station has been taken over by the army. Pfc Shea is helped by local boys Freddy and Chris Kerley, Barry Kneale and Billy Hubbard: one boy works the petrol pump, one holds back the seat, one holds the hose and another cleans the windscreen''.The garage is still there but looks slightly different today ... See MoreSee Less
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