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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.

Update 26.3.2020: Our website is open. Take time to explore it. You will find much useful information. If you use Facebook, you might like to join our Group.

Please note however, our Family History Centre is closed until further notice, due to the current coronavirus situation.

Online shop: The shop is also open to membership purchases and renewals as well as electronically delivered items. But, while our Centre remains closed, we are unable to process and mail orders for publications, so please do not order any books or CDs until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.

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Timeline PhotosWe’re pleased to confirm that we will be giving everyone free access to our digitised collections very soon, but it’s taking our amazing digital team a bit of time to make it happen.

They’re facing similar challenges to the rest of the world with regard to connecting to our various technical systems while working from home, and many of them are also juggling childcare duties. Stay tuned for an update soon!

EDIT: To clarify, we’re referring to digitised collections that are available on our website (and usually chargeable) – at this stage, this doesn’t extend to our collections on other sites.
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If you’ve been wondering what one-place studies are all about, how’s a good time to find out. You can read the latest journal of the Society for One-Place Studies here ☺️As our contribution to busting the boredom of isolation, we've made the latest issue of our members' journal Destinations freely available to ALL fans of #FamilyHistory, #LocalHistory and the pursuit that unites them, #OnePlaceStudies. Enjoy—and please share this post! is.gd/DestinationsMar20 ... See MoreSee Less

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For a good guide to TNA's digitised records see Research Guides for Online Collections. TNA is working to make the records which normally cost £3.50 to download, free. No change to those available from 3rd party websites (Ancestry etc). https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/?letter=&search=&research-category=online #OnePlaceWednesday

Right then! We are back, all set up #WFH and ready to answer your enquires about MOA. Our Mass Observers are busy recording their experience of #Convid19uk. If you are interested in joining them you can sign up to be an Observer here: http://www.massobs.org.uk/write-for-us


Ahead of what would have been #DorsetHistoryDay, we take a look at where #Dorset features in our data, including some accidents & how local historians might use our resources.


@DorsetArchives @TheSDFHS @SwanRailway @JonSmallwood