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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.

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.

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Very successful and busy day at The Family History Show in Bristol 🙂. ... See MoreSee Less

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February 8th, 10:26 am

Somerset & Dorset Family History Society

Only TEN WEEKS to Family Tree LIVE!

Time to announce even more societies joining us at the show. Learn more about them via the following links:

North West Kent FHS - www.nwkfhs.org.uk/

Families in British India Society (FIBIS) - www.fibis.org/

Midland Ancestors - midland-ancestors.uk/

Dorset FHS - www.dorsetfhs.org.uk/

The Heraldry Society - www.theheraldrysociety.com/
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February 5th, 7:25 am

Somerset & Dorset Family History Society

Posy Ring

The museum is very excited to have recently acquired a locally-found Posy Ring.

A posy ring is a finger ring inscribed with a short message. It gets its name from “Poesy” an old word for a verse of poetry or a motto. This ring is inscribed “FERE + GOD + EVER”, where “FERE” is an old word for a marriage partner - a husband or wife. During the Middle Ages when religion was so much part of everyday life it was not unusual to combine religious, friendly or amorous words. Medieval rings had the inscription on the outside but later ones, like this Post-Medieval example which dates from between 1550 and 1650, have the inscription on the inside.
Curator David Walker said “the craftsmanship of the goldsmith is amazing and the ring will make a wonderful addition to the museum’s displays”.
The ring will be on display at the museum from Monday 10th February.
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February 1st, 11:45 am

Somerset & Dorset Family History Society

Date for your diaries. 21 March, Dorset FHS annual event. Headlining with a talk about mixing DNA with a paper trail 🧬🌲 Free entry! Fab👌🏽 ... See MoreSee Less

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