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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.

AGM and Open Day

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Would you like to research any Somerset or Dorset places? Or anywhere else, for that matter 😉 #AllAboutThatPlace is guaranteed to inspire you! And it’s free! If you’d like to tell the world about somewhere you’ve researched, get in touch with the team 📣 ... See MoreSee Less
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Volunteers needed!We need more volunteers to welcome visitors to our engaging displays and activities. There are opportunities to get involved in researching topics and arranging displays at our small, centrally located venue.If you would like to explore your interest in volunteering, please send an email to:[email protected]We’ll then make contact with you to invite you to meet one of us. ... See MoreSee Less
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In collaboration with Sturminster Newton Heritage Trust we're delighted to be hosting this forthcoming talk from Anne Brown at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton. Join us Somerset & Dorset Family History Society Dorset Family History Society Okeford Fitzpaine Local History Group Blandford Town Museum Stalbridge Archive & History Wimborne History Society Dorchester Historical Society The Hauntings Of The Shire Hall Dorchester Dorset with Haunting Nights Dorset Museums Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival #dorset #dorsethistory #shirehall #Tolpuddle #smugglers ... See MoreSee Less
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On Good Friday we feature the famous @wellscathedral which is stuated in the North Transept, It is one of the group of famous 14th to 16th century astronomical clocks to be found in the West of England. The surviving mechanism, dated to between 1386 and 1392, was replaced in the 19th century and was eventually moved to the Science Museum in London...#somersetday #passionforsomerset #wellscathedral #visitwells #englishcathedrals #cathedralgram #somerset #livinginsomerset #astronomicalclock ... See MoreSee Less
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#AllAboutThatPlace is back! Don’t miss this FREE 10-day drop in/drop out event at the end of September!📢 Announcing “All About That Place” - the One-Place Study Challenge Event happening from September 27th to October 6th, 2024!Join us for this FREE event that promises to revolutionize the genealogy world! Explore the places your ancestors lived right from the comfort of your own home. Who knows, you might even kickstart your own One Place Study!🔍 Hosted by the Society of Genealogists, the Society for One-Place Studies, Genealogy Stories, and the British Association For Local History - BALH, this event is a unique collaboration.Get ready for a pop-up Facebook Group and our YouTube channel packed with FREE online talks from various speakers. But wait, there's more! This event is all about participation. Dive into local history with challenge instructions designed to get you exploring. Download your FREE challenge workbook to track your progress and learning activities.And that’s not all! Celebrate your journey with the chance to win amazing prizes in our prize draw, including a 1-year membership to the Society of Genealogists or the Curious Descendants Club!Subscribe to get all the details on how to join this FREE event, and stay up to date with All About That Place announcements:https://www.subscribepage.com/allaboutthatplace. Mark your calendars and join us for “All About That Place”! #OnePlaceStudy #Genealogy #LocalHistory 🏠🔍 ... See MoreSee Less
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Our next webinar will be 'Rediscovering the Castle Gardens', when Chris Jessop will tell the story of the resurrection of this enchanting space which is next to Taunton Castle Museum. It will be on Thursday11th April 2024 7.30pm. To register please email: [email protected]Or to register directly, go to: us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H9oBf2k-Qd2dxaoJhyGFtw ... See MoreSee Less
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