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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].

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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EXHIBITION OF PHILLIPS PHOTOGRAPHS at the museum on Saturdays and one day a week (check the website for opening hours).

Bert Phillips had his photographic studio in Wells Market Place. On display inside the museum are some of the wonderful portraits that show the Victorian and Edwardian people of Wells and Mendip with a focus on children, artisans, weddings, women and tradesmen.

#wellsmuseum #museum #museumexhibition #photographyexhibition #wells #wellssomerset
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Another virtual conference! Back To Our Past, which starts tomorrow, will be of interest to anyone with Irish #FamilyHistory. Full details: backtoourpast.ie/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Become a surname superstar ... sign up to our mailing list and we'll send you a link to download our 40-page booklet on researching surnames. Sign up here: landing-pages.one-name.org/free-booklet

If you would prefer a printed copy, you can buy one from the Guild Shop one-name.org/product/books
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The Society for One-Place Studies has a new Instagram accountAfter a week of experimentation and getting to know the quirks of how it works, it's time to make it official: we're on Instagram!

We hope you will follow us on our newest social media strand at: instagram.com/societyforoneplacestudies/

We plan to use our Instagram account to show the wonderful world of #OnePlaceStudies in general, and the studies of our members in particular, to a wider audience. To do this, members, we need your help—and more specifically, your photos!

So, if you have pics of your Place / its people, or of documents relating to your Place; photos of objects / activities / occupations which could be found in your Place, or graphics illustrating #OnePlaceStudy themes, which we can use on Insta, please email [email protected]

Thank you!
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A series of podcasts coming soon from AGRA (the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives) on a variety of family history related topics. The first will be available on the AGRA website on 1st September.

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New blog post on the 1642 Protestation Returns, which list men (and some women) over 18, and is the closest record we have to a national 'census' earlier than 1841. Scans of the Returns are available online, free of charge (link in article) https://sdfhs.org/blog/1642-protestation-returns/?fbclid=IwAR0R1kwbihn-_OQkuR7gfhcGdMZcUpmolGJ1DV_kRPLO82IJMLqsJHcg3Vc

If you’re interested in #VictorianPhotographs or you have ancestors from Wells, Somerset, this exhibition of photographer Bert Phillips @wellsmuseum will be of interest to you https://www.wellsmuseum.org.uk/whats-on

@genejean @1PSDirectory @WomensInstitute @ScampstonHall Kingston, Dorset was fortunate too in having a local WI - here they are in 1952 meeting at Encombe House