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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

Our Family History Centre in Yeovil reopened to visitors on Thursday 12 August. Initially we will only be open in the mornings (10.00am-1.00pm) Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Please click on the button to find out more information about the Centre.

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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Timeline photosWhat were your ancestors up to in 1921? Who lived in your house 100 years ago?Find out with 50% off all 1921 Census purchases at Findmypast. But hurry: this limited-time offer only lasts 24 hours, ending at 12pm midday UK time on Friday 1 July 2022.Where will your past take you?Perhaps it's time to find out.bit.ly/3pYVJAh ... See MoreSee Less
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The date of the James Date Exhibition has been confirmed as October 16th - October 30th. During the 1860s and 1870s the pioneer photographer was on hand to record nearly all the exciting industrial and maritime developments taking place during this period, including the building of the East Quay, the arrival of the broad gauge railway and great activity in the harbour. Date had a fascination for the unique geology of the cliffs at West Street Beach and produced a good number of images in the vicinity of 'Long Sands' often including his friends and family and on one occasion a fife and drum band who must have been there for a special picnic.This is the first time this fantastic image has been posted and is from the James Date archive. I would ask that if sharing this image, full credit is given to both the photographer and the source. The Society has been entrusted with a number of photographic archives, including amongst others the Nigel Edwards Archive on the understanding that no commercial enterprise benefits financially, ... See MoreSee Less
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We still have some limited spaces available for tomorrow's lecture!Join 'Hardy's Wessex' curator Harriet Still on Thursday 23rd June to hear more about the themes and stories of our landmark Thomas Hardy exhibition. Learn about the objects and stories that are covered in the exhibition and more about Hardy himself.To book visit 👉dorsetmuseum.org/event/hardys-wessex-talk #DorsetMuseum #ThomasHardy #HardysWessex #Museums #History #Heritage #Wessex #Weymouth #Dorset @wessexmuseums ... See MoreSee Less
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Great work by the Friends of the Wembdon Road Cemetery ... See MoreSee Less
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Wednesday June 15th a mid week opening for the Mendip Hospital Cemetery. 11am to 4pm.Admission free, dogs welcome if on a lead, donations to support the work of keeping this place special much appreciated.Exhibition in the chapel of some of the stories about the patients and staff of the hospital buried in the cemetery.Just off Hooper Avenue in Wells but there is a lovely walk to the cemetery along the bottom of Tor Woods.Find out about Mary Ann Hoey who loved music and was transformed when she heard any music and would be compelled to dance.Clare Blackmorewww.mendiphospitalcemetery.org.uk/?fs=e&s=cl ... See MoreSee Less
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Findmypast have a flash sale - 50% off 1921 census purchases - 24 hours only!Get over that midweek slump with a treat: get 50% off all 1921 Census purchases. But be quick: this flash sale is for 24 hours only.Offer valid from 12pm BST Thursday 9 June to 12pm BST Friday 10 June.www.findmypast.co.uk/1921-census ... See MoreSee Less
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South West Heritage Trust has organised some fascinating walking tours of #Taunton https://swheritage.org.uk/news_tags/town-tours/?dm_i=5KNS,K45B,4FCCH,2GPJ6,1

This morning is being spent looking at maps. I love this 1645 map of #Dorset (this is just an extract).
A number of interesting points but long disappeared Studland Castle is particularly intriguing. Assumed to have fallen over eroding chalk cliffs at Handfast Pt/Old Harry Rocks.

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