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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 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.

The Society’s Family History Centre in Yeovil is still closed to members and other visitors, but we are very pleased to have reopened our bookshop for online sales and orders by post, only – please do not come to the Centre to buy books.

Our Research Volunteers are still working mainly from home but do now have some access to our resources at the Centre, so if you would like any help with your family history research email: [email protected] and we will do our best to help you.

When we are able to reopen the Centre to visitors, we will inform members by electronic newsletter and will also post the information on our website and on Facebook. If you do not already receive e-newsletters, but would like to do so, please email: [email protected].

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Paul Radford, the Editor of our journal 'The Greenwood Tree' has written a preview of the June issue, which will be posted to SDFHS members next week. sdfhs.org/blog/the-greenwood-tree-june-2020/ This is a bumper edition with many interesting stories of emigration to the New World. The PDF is already available for download from the Members Area of our website. ... See MoreSee Less

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Does anyone know where this photo was taken? One of our group members is trying to identify the location, and, if possible, the people. He says “I suspect it may be in Somerset and could even be around Taunton or East Huntspill.” If you have any ideas, let us know! ... See MoreSee Less

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Who doesn’t have a criminal ancestor in their tree? This seminar was due to be held in Somerset today, but The Guild of Guild of One-Name Studies has put the seminar online. These presentations are available to non-members from today for a weekOur next seminar "On the Wrong Side of the Law" will take place this Saturday 16th May and will now be an online event open to both members and non-members. You will be able to watch the lectures at any time over the next seven days from Saturday onwards and after that they will be available for Guild members in our members room. Look out too for our forthcoming Rogues Gallery. All the links for the presentations and the Gallery will go live at 10.00 am UK time on Saturday. Note that you do not need to book a place and the presentations will be freely available. Just check out the website from Saturday onwards. You can read more about the exciting programme we have lined up here: one-name.org/seminar-events/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Somerset is not unfamiliar to changeable weather. And with the current changes in climate it is likely to continue to see these changes. Somerset’s experience of bad weather goes a lot further back than recent years. On 20th January 1607 the Levels were subject to significant flooding believed to be created by a tsunami. There is evidence that the tsunami travelled up the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel from Barnstaple to Gloucester.

#ClimateMW #Weather #ClimateCrisis #MuseumWeek #Somerset #SRLM #Glastonbury #SomersetLevels #somersettsunami
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1.3 Before the Cemetery: Cholera & the Burial Crisis of the 1840s ... See MoreSee Less

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Today’s post has a definite West Country theme ... latest issue of The Greenwood Tree from @TheSDFHS and another new member submitting her ancestry to @P_rr_ttSociety - a lady who has traced her PERRETT ancestry back to Holcombe in Somerset. Should keep me busy!

#OnePlaceWednesday Been focusing on @1PSDirectory of The Crescent, Taunton & looking in more detail at the Groves family who lived at No 2 on the 1871 Census & No 1 on 1881 Census. Hope to update blog soon on George & Martha Groves & thier children soon.