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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 reopened to visitors on Thursday 12 August. Initially we will only be open in the mornings (10.00am-1.00pm) Monday (not 30 August), Thursday, Friday and Saturday (not 28 August). So that we can limit numbers present at any one time in our small rooms, we will, in the short term, have to ask members and other visitors to book in advance, by emailing: [email protected]. Since the UK government is still advising caution, and we want all our volunteers and visitors to feel safe, there are some conditions for visiting the Centre. Please click on the button to find out more.

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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Book here:www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bronze-age-day-part-one-tickets-174072303947This is a FREE event but donations are welcomed:sanhs.org/fundraising/Another exciting SANHS day of lectures on 2nd October, about Somerset's Bronze age. To attend this virtual event please click on the link above. ... See MoreSee Less
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September 11th, 11:34 am

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HERITAGE OPEN DAY PROGRAMMESunday 12 September 11am - 4pmFree#heritageopendays ... See MoreSee Less
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September 11th, 11:24 am

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KINGSBURY TIME TRAVELLERS are holding a walk-in event on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September. The poster is below. You can email the Time Travellers at [email protected] for further information. ... See MoreSee Less
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In memory of Jane Stokes of Beckington, Somerset (c1835 - 1914)78 year old Jane Stokes was admitted to the Wells Asylum on October 11th 1913 suffering from senile dementia. This tiny lady (only 4 foot 6 inches high) had lived all her life in Beckington, near Frome, Somerset. Never married, she had worked locally as a servant for many years. Jane had been living alone when a severe attack of pleurisy had led to her being moved to the Frome Workhouse Infirmary for care. Whilst there she displayed symptoms of dementia which led to her admission to the Asylum at Wells.Jane’s condition was described on admission as “Senile dementia, general loss of mind, memory and understanding. Potters aimlessly about: noisy and restless at night”. In early December Jane was diagnosed with catarrh and by Christmas was bedridden and getting progressively weaker. There was no improvement and Jane passed away at 3.50 in the afternoon, 2nd January 1914.Cause of Death: Senile DecayJane Stokes was buried in our cemetery on January 6th 1914: section F, (unmarked) grave number 116. www.mendiphospitalcemetery.org.uk/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Transcribed list of names in what appears to be a membership list for St George's Catholic Church in 1880/1 - total of 372 individuals! Now what to do with this information...cross check again 1881 Census?
@OnePlaceStudies @StreetStudy @CatholicFHS @TheSDFHS #OnePlaceWednesday

Another great day @SomHeritage, looking at records for Silver Street Baptist Church with a membership list of 497 from 1814-1852. Another strand to my @OnePlaceStudies as a number of the residents of The Crescent attend there! More transcribing awaits!
#LocalHistory @TheSDFHS

‘Undertaking before the Victorians’ - Another opportunity for me to share some funerary history! On 19th October I will be talking about one of my favourite topics the 18th century undertaking trade. Organised by @poetic_endings. #funerals #undertaker https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/undertaking-before-the-victorians-a-talk-by-death-historian-dr-dan-obrien-tickets-169881689707