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The Greenwood Tree February 2014

Bob Barber, Editor of the SDFHS Journal, The Greenwood Tree, gives a preview of the February 2014 issue Another year rolls by and we start the year with a small facelift for The Greenwood Tree, including a slight colour change and some new layouts for the yellow pages and inside covers We begin a new series of articles in the February 2014 edition Colin Dean, former editor and a regular contributor, will highlight some of the rare, sometimes unique, material held in the SDFHS Research Centre...

Skills Workshop on Documents

Dorothy Bower describes Ted Udall's 'Skills Workshop on Documents' On Saturday last (18 January), along with 14 other members, I attended the Skills Workshop, on reading old documents, held at the SDFHS Family History Centre in Sherborne Ted Udall, the SDFHS Secretary and an experienced family historian,  initially took us through the various types of documents and the working of the scribes, the tools used, the formation of the characters and the formats for transcribing and translating ...

West Dorset Group AGM

Sylvia Creed-Castle describes the recent AGM of the SDFHS West Dorset Group The West Dorset Group of the SDFHS held their Annual General Meeting on Saturday 11 January 2014, at Loders Village Hall  The following members continued on the committee:  Brian Webber (Chairman), Sylvia Creed-Castle (Treasurer) and Executive Committee member, Caroline Meatyard (Programme Organiser) Sally Phillips volunteered to be a new committee member During the Chairman’s report flower presentations were...

Kellaway coat of arms in Sherborne Abbey

SDFHS member Warwick Kellaway of Hamilton, New Zealand, has been researching his family history for many years The name Kellaway/Kelleway/Kelloway/Kelway/Callaway/Calloway/Calway/Callow/Kellow, and the other variants seen today, is reasonably considered to derive from the village of Caillouet, in Eure, northern France The first dated record of the family name in England has been accepted to be that of Philip de Chailewai in the 1165 Gloucester Pipe Rolls holding land in Wiltshire, probably...

Your Journal needs you!

Bob Barber, the Editor of the Society's Journal The Greenwood Tree needs your help: Have you made any New Year resolutions Why not make it a priority to put pen to paper and write up some aspect of your family history research The Greenwood Tree is your journal and can only continue if members send material for publication Publishing your research gives it exposure to a wide audience and can often answer questions or help to make contacts with others interested in the same area In August...

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