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WDYTYA? – the last day

Ann-Marie Wilkinson rounds off her diary with an account of the final day of the show Saturday As we had to pack up today, we took Barry’s car into Olympia this morning - the journey was much better than on Wednesday morning  Barry booked the parking online yesterday as it is cheaper to do it in advance,  It also meant that he could drop me off outside the exhibitor’s entrance so I only had a short walk  As we arrived we could see the queue stretching round the corner and the show...

The East Dorset Group hear about a Dorset-born Canadian, Ernest Seward.

Pat Hilbert and John Tanner of the SDFHS East Dorset Group describe their new venue The SDFHS East Dorset Group has now held its second meeting at its new venue, the Hilda Coles Learning Centre at the Priest's House Museum in Wimborne with around 30 attending on Monday 17 February to hear Alan Brown speaking on The Life and Times of Ernest Seward, a Dorset relative of his Ernest fought in the Boer War then emigrated to Manitoba but joined up again to fight in a Canadian regiment at the Somme...

Who Do Who Do You Think You Are?LIVE

The SDFHS Chair, Ann-Marie Wilkinson, has been keeping a diary during this year's WDYTYA Tuesday Car nicely packed, just need to pop into the local butchers in Wedmore to pick up some local meat to give to my hosts, Barry and Ann Rideout, who look after me for the next few days  As usual the butcher has local meat, this time it is Gloucester Old Spot pork and some of his home made sausages  The journey was fairly uneventful, although the traffic was bad around Stonehenge – the new...

Preparing for ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

Our Chairman, Ann-Marie Wilkinson, and other volunteers will be  at the SDFHS table for all three days (20th-22nd February) of WDYTYA Please do come and say ‘hello’ and bring any queries you may have about your Somerset or Dorset familiesWho Do You Think You Are starts on Thursday 20th February at Olympia  Preparations have been made and on Friday 14th Steve and I braved the weather to go to Sherborne to pick up all the items we take for the SDFHS tables  Barry, John, Wendy and Patricia...

The Trent Rectory & the Deacon family of basket makers in Nether Compton

Barbara Elsmore was inspired to hunt out some family photographs after reading an article in the February Greenwood Tree I so enjoyed Mike Whitaker’s Spotlight on Trent in the latest edition of The Greenwood Tree and it sent me searching for a couple of photos that I remembered I had on my computer somewhere, and here they are These two photographs were taken in 1901 and they picture Mrs Tate and Barbara in the garden of the Rectory Mrs Tate was Michael Goodden’s great grandmother’s...

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