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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 (not 30 August), Thursday, Friday and Saturday (not 28 August). So that we can limit numbers present at any one time in our small rooms, we will, in the short term, have to ask members and other visitors to book in advance, by emailing: [email protected]. Since the UK government is still advising caution, and we want all our volunteers and visitors to feel safe, there are some conditions for visiting the Centre. Please click on the button to find out more.

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.

Notice of Annual General Meeting to be held on Saturday 18th September 2021 Virtual online via Zoom

Any member of the Society wishing to participate online must register by emailing the Secretary ([email protected]) by 11th September 2021 and quoting their Membership Number.

Following the AGM, there will be an online open day with talks by Debbie Kennett (What to do with your DNA Results) and Nick Barrett (The Future of Family History). There will also be a recorded musical interlude with Rough Assembly (formerly known as Tinker’s Cuss).

SDFHS Open Day Talks: this Zoom meeting will open at 11.30 am on Saturday 18th September

Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85105040183?pwd=SUI3cTRIWlpyQjZlQ3ZsNFRma1h2Zz09

Meeting ID: 851 0504 0183
Passcode: 599741

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KINGSBURY TIME TRAVELLERS are holding a walk-in event on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September. The poster is below. You can email the Time Travellers at [email protected] for further information. ... See MoreSee Less
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In memory of Jane Stokes of Beckington, Somerset (c1835 - 1914)78 year old Jane Stokes was admitted to the Wells Asylum on October 11th 1913 suffering from senile dementia. This tiny lady (only 4 foot 6 inches high) had lived all her life in Beckington, near Frome, Somerset. Never married, she had worked locally as a servant for many years. Jane had been living alone when a severe attack of pleurisy had led to her being moved to the Frome Workhouse Infirmary for care. Whilst there she displayed symptoms of dementia which led to her admission to the Asylum at Wells.Jane’s condition was described on admission as “Senile dementia, general loss of mind, memory and understanding. Potters aimlessly about: noisy and restless at night”. In early December Jane was diagnosed with catarrh and by Christmas was bedridden and getting progressively weaker. There was no improvement and Jane passed away at 3.50 in the afternoon, 2nd January 1914.Cause of Death: Senile DecayJane Stokes was buried in our cemetery on January 6th 1914: section F, (unmarked) grave number 116. www.mendiphospitalcemetery.org.uk/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Nearly 3000 former patients of the Somerset and Bath Asylum (later named Mendip Hospital ) are buried here. Our cemetery is a memorial to them all. www.mendiphospitalcemetery.org.uk/ #mendiphospitalcemetery #cityofbath #wellssomerset #mentalhealth #victorianphotography ... See MoreSee Less
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The selection process for A House Through Time https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/entries/13af17ac-11e4-4909-9d2e-10ac049eb88a

SDNQ is nothing if not topical, so we thought we'd share with you this article about the anti-vaccination movement in Weston-super-Mare in the 1880s-1890s https://www.sdnq.org.uk/spotlight_on_sdnq/anti-vaxxers-in-late-19th-century-somerset/

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The latest issue of SDNQ includes articles about the trial of Jane Austen's aunt for shoplifting in Bath, the marriage in Blandford of a former slave from South Carolina, Bishop Trelawny's visitation of Dorset, Charles Fitzroy at Bruton, & much, much more

The line-up for the new series of Who Do You Think You Are has been announced! #WDYTYA https://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/tutorials/tv-series/dame-judi-dench-who-do-you-think-you-are-2021/