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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 in Yeovil is closed to members and other visitors due to the pandemic, but our Research Volunteers are working from home and our online bookshop is open for publication orders by post.

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.

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We are now live at the Family History Show: thefamilyhistoryshow.com/virtual/. If you're attending, do check out our page and if you have any burning questions about ancestors in either Somerset or Dorset, you can video-chat with Rita or John. See you there! ... See MoreSee Less
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Have you ever thought about doing a one-place study? The Society for One-Place Studies is giving away a copy of Janet Few’s book “Ten Steps to a One-Place Sudy” to the next 5 people who join!We are pleased to announce a giveaway aimed at helping some of our newer members, with five copies of Janet Few's "Ten Steps to a One-Place Study" up for grabs! If you have been thinking about joining us and starting a #OnePlaceStudy—now's the time! one-place-studies.org/join-us/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Free talk by Talk by The NationalArchives "Top Level Tips: Records of Railway Workers" www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/top-level-tips-records-of-railway-workers-tickets-131463656335 ... See MoreSee Less
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Have you registered yet for @RootsTechConf? For the first time ever, the world’s largest genealogy event will be completely FREE and VIRTUAL! Register now to access the conference this week! http://ow.ly/OeBO50DIAWo


My great-great-grandfather was a "Relieving Officer" - a precursor to modern day social services responsible for assessing the poor of the districts and their eligibility for assistance. #genealogy #familytree

News of the current cardboard shortage makes me wonder whether it's time to start producing our own cardboard and paper again? Discover the history of paper mills & papermaking in Somerset & Dorset https://www.sdnq.org.uk/spotlight_on_sdnq/paper-mills-papermaking-in-dorset-somerset/

@MillsArchive @AIndustrialArch