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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].


The SDFHS is looking for a Bookkeeper – is this for you?

What you will do

  • Keep the Society’s financial accounts in an appropriate format
  • Make payments against invoices received through the Society’s bank account.
  • No payment exceeding £100 is to be made unless it has been previously agreed by the Trustees
  • Make reports summarising recent financial activity and indicating any significant trends. These reports are to be sent to the Society Secretary when prompted by a “call for papers” in good time for circulation with the Agenda for any meeting of the Society’s Trustees.
  • Prepare year end papers for inspection by Independent Examiner

What you will receive

  • Remuneration will be at an hourly rate (to be negotiated) which will be paid by cheque on receipt of monthly invoices.

If you are interested, please contact [email protected]

Society Annual Report and Accounts DRAFT

The final version of the Society Annual Report and Accounts will be posted here in early October once members have had a chance to comment.

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Check out the Women's Suffrage Database containing details of 3,000 individuals who were active in the campaign for women’s suffrage between 1866–1914.
Database at www.suffrageresources.org.uk/database
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With December and Christmas just around the corner, we are delighted to share with you details of our upcoming FREE lectures for the Festive Season.

Interested in any of the following?

✅ #Christmas ✅ #Folklore ✅ #History ✅ #Ghosts ✅ #Angels or
✅ #Churches

Then make sure you sign up for our lectures as we've got:

🎄 CHRISTMAS: Tradition, Truth & Total Baubles! with former BBC comedy writer, Nick Page

👼 ANGELS a history with journalist, presenter and author, Peter Stanford

👻 CHRISTMAS GHOSTS with historian, folklorist, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Dr Francis Young

🍺 HOLY INAPPROPRIATE "Secular" uses of the medieval church with historian, author, and TV presenter 𝔇𝔯 𝔈𝔪𝔪𝔞 𝔍. 𝔚𝔢𝔩𝔩𝔰

💀 CURSES, LEGENDS & MURDER: Folklore & Strange Tales of Thomas Becket with Mark Norman from The Folklore Podcast

Learn more about these exciting free lectures and how to join on our website 👉 bit.ly/3nhwuVr
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#Thanks to You and #National Lottery !
The Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society are very grateful to the players of the National Lottery which has enabled us receive a grant to restore the Castle Gardens.
The gardens are a Scheduled Monument in the centre of Taunton'.
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We have an online 'booth' at the Family History Federation's Really Useful Family History Show today: www.fhf-reallyuseful.com/ If you're attending, do stop by and say 'hello'. ... See MoreSee Less

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Saturday 14 November at 2pm on zoom. Jacqui Halewood from Dorset History Centre will be talking about the Herrison Asylum Project. ... See MoreSee Less

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Just two weeks before the Second World War ended in the Far East, the young serviceman pictured here was killed. Oliver White was only 21 years old.

His tragic story appears with 38 others in an online exhibition which has been created specially to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. It remembers the sons and daughters of Wells who died during that war and who are named on the Wells War Memorial.

“This year’s Remembrance Day will be like none before,” says David Walker, Curator of Wells & Mendip Museum. “During the extraordinary circumstances of a pandemic lockdown one day can be much like another, but it is important that we take time to remember and recall, to mark the occasion, and its place in the year. Sharing these stories means so much to the families of those who died, and to us all.”


The exhibition can be found at: wellsmuseum.org.uk/wells-war-memorial-project

Or, from our website homepage, go to “Research” then “Wells War Memorial Project”



Wells & Mendip Museum and Wells City Archives have jointly produced this exhibition, along with invaluable contributions from members of the community. Dr Julia Wood, Wells City Archivist, says, “We’ve had a wonderful response from relatives and friends of the Wells servicemen and women who died, and offer our thanks to all those who have contributed to the project”.

Photograph of Oliver White courtesy of Mrs Betty Holland, Oliver’s sister.

Contact for further information: Dr Julia Wood (Wells City Archivist), [email protected], tel. 07731 952271
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How many of our 'Who's in Blues?' can you name? David Ridgway's photos of former pupils can be found in a new history of @SherborneSchool https://bit.ly/3ffxbfg

@OSSociety @hughbon @coldplay @BBCSimonMcCoy @tombradby #DowntonAbbey #LancePercival #CharlieCox #RichardEyre

A productive afternoon adding entries for the Bastard, Brine & Horlock families to @FindaGrave, buried at St Mary the Virgin Church in Charlton Marshall, Dorset. My thanks to Mandy, a lovely volunteer for taking photos. Also updated their @WikiTreers profiles too.