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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.

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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Exciting News! The 2023 dates for the North Somerset Archive visits to North Somerset Libraries are confirmed! Contact us to find out more, or pop along for a chat during one of our quarterly visits More information is available on our website here: swheritage.org.uk/somerset-archives/visit/north-somerset-archives/#ExploreYourArchive #EYANews ... See MoreSee Less
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Timeline photosDid you miss our regional conference in Taunton last month? Don't worry, our Co-Vice Chair Jane Golding has written a report of the day!Read more, here: ow.ly/pe2s50LvLrU#WeAreLocalHistory #LocalHistoryForAll #RegionalConference ... See MoreSee Less
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All set up Sherborne Book Fair and waiting for lots of customers with lots of money to treat themselves to some lovely books 😊 ... See MoreSee Less
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Today we honour all those affected by war #lestweforget 🌹 ... See MoreSee Less
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One of the WW1 memorials in The Charltons is the Reading Room's photograph collection. The three WW2 casualties named on the War Memorial are Aubrey Eades, William Dancey, and Frederick Tozer. Their photographs were collected by the late Mrs Evelyn Buckland, and are now also displayed in the Reading Room as a framed collection with additional information.Alongside (above the digital collages of village history photos) are the design sketch for the War Memorial and a report of the service in 1901 for Henry Hallett who died on the voyage home from the Boer War. #RememberedHere #LocalHistory ... See MoreSee Less
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The next meeting of the Blackmore Vale Family History Group is on Wednesday next, November 16th and looks to be a fascinating talk about a very interesting man, Dr James Barry. ... See MoreSee Less
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The #ScotlandsPeople1921 census is coming tomorrow: 200,000 searchable scanned images of the original handwritten census books detailing each address, from the very finest hotels to the most cramped tenements and from ships at sea to people living in tents. #WhoWillYouFind?

Today I’ve been piecing together the biography of Frederick George Manning, who was convicted along with his wife Maria for the murder of Patrick O’Connor in 1849. He was born in 1821 in Taunton and worked as a guard for GWR. He had known links to the local criminal fraternity.

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