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Family History Society

A preview of the November ‘Greenwood Tree’

Bob Barber, Editor of The Greenwood Tree previews the latest issue The November edition of The Greenwood Tree will be reaching members shortly The cover features a snapshot from our Facebook page, recently set up by new website manager, Patricia Spencer You can read more about it on the Research and Society News page at the back of the journal The impact of social media will have important implications for family historians, and our Society And it will certainly be a challenge to see how The...

Sherborne is now Casterbridge

Patricia Spencer describes the temporary transformation of the SDFHS centre Arriving this morning for a meeting at our Sherborne Centre we found that the exterior of our building had been transformed into 'The Friends' Alms-House' as it will appear in the new version of Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd which is being filmed in Sherborne this week There is a news report about the filming in Sherborne here on the BBC website Patricia...

Open Day on 12 October

Patricia Spencer reports on the recent SDFHS Open Day After a very wet start to the day, the sun came out in Sherborne in the late morning on Saturday, encouraging shoppers to drop into our Sherborne Research Centre for our Open Day  Many commented on our lovely premises, which we lease from the Sherborne Almshouse, founded in the fifteenth century Our building isn’t quite as old - part of it was built in 1893 when the previous buildings on the site were demolished to widen Cheap Street;...

Who Was Tutankhamun?

Barry Brock summarises our first foray into ancient Egyptian family history I introduced Patricia Spencer’s talks on Tutankhamun, so I may be considered a biased witness, but I have no regrets This was a series of three talks given at the Society’s Sherborne Research Centre last Saturday, the 5 October Patricia, or should I say, Dr Patricia Spencer, tackled the Tutankhamun story from a different angle - she asked the basic questions any family historian would ask Instead of focussing on...

Member and Guest Blogs Welcome

We welcome guest and member blog posts on any topic with a family history connection and invite you to send your contributions, which should include photo/photos, to the editor Barbara Elsmore