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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.

Christmas/New Year closure

Our Family History Centre will close for the Christmas/New Year holidays at 4pm on Thursday 21 December 2023 and will reopen at 10am on Thursday 4 January 2024.

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.

AGM and Open Day

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Starting today! Visit www.myheritage.com/dna/upload to begin your journey. ... See MoreSee Less
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Don't worry - you’re not seeing spots before your eyes... well, not exactly. We’ve just selected the ‘tithe map information’ option on the Somerset HER. So many green spots, so much useful landowner/occupier/property info for Cheddar in 1839 (ref. D/D/rt/M/245 & D/D/rt/A/245). A guide to using the Somerset Historic Environment Record and accessing other maps online can be found here: somerset-cat.swheritage.org.uk/guides/onlineMaps #MapMonday ... See MoreSee Less
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Timeline photosThe River Piddle is a small rural Dorset river which rises next to Alton Pancras church. Alton Pancras was originally named Awultune, a Saxon name meaning the village at the source of a river. The river's name has Germanic origins and has had various spellings over the years. In AD 966 it was called the 'Pidelen'. Several villages which the river passes through are named after it: as well as Piddletrenthide there are Piddlehinton, Puddletown, Tolpuddle, Affpuddle, Briantspuddle and Turnerspuddle. When I first moved here in 1987 they used to bottle the water and sell it to the tourists, it was labelled ‘Piddle Water’. The river ends in Poole Harbour. As the locals say - it goes from a piddle, to a puddle to a Poole. Cool stuff.ruralhistoria.com/2024/02/06/river-piddle-it-is-no-laughing-matter/ ... See MoreSee Less
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February 5th, 10:54 pm

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February 5th, 10:54 pm

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John Stockley from Weymouth was the star of a TV programme, 'Britain's Secret War Babies', about children whose fathers were African American GIs stationed here in WW11. Finally a DNA test has changed his life for ever. This is the fascinating story of a mixed race man growing up in the 1950s and his life, until now in his 70s he finally gets to solve the mystery. Come and hear him on Saturday 10th Feb at 2pm at Loders Village Hall. S&D FHS members £1.50, visitors £3. Following our AGM. ... See MoreSee Less
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