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SDFHS events Autumn 2018

We have now started to arrange our Autumn events to be held in Yeovil or Sherborne, with the following already confirmed. Full details can be found on our website.

Secure the Shadow: Somerset Photographers 1839-1939

Friday 28 September (2.00-4.00pm). Yeovil.

The official book launch in Yeovil Library of our latest publication about Somerset Photographers. There will be a short talk by one of the authors and then the opportunity to buy copies of the book, which the authors will be happy to sign, and have old photographs dated by them. This is a free event – please come along and bring your old photographs. Includes soft refreshments.

Essential Family History

Wednesday 17 October (7.00-9.00pm). Yeovil.

Start of our five week evening course at our Family History Centre in Yeovil, with Ted Udall. On 17, 24, 31 October and 7, 14 November 2018.

The course is for absolute beginners and also for those who have been researching for some time and perhaps come to some dead-ends. The course consists of five two-hour sessions and covers basic research techniques both on and off the computer. Handouts will be supplied where necessary – just bring your own notebook and pen/pencil.

SDFHS Members: £35. Non-members: £40.

Family History and Photography

Friday 19 October (2.30-4.30pm). Sherborne.

This event will include a talk Family History in Focus: collecting and dating old family photographs by Robin Ansell and the opportunity to view a display of images from Allan Collier’s vast collection, concentrating on South Somerset and a few Sherborne photographers, including the chance to examine some original Victorian stereocards, through a 3-D stereoviewer. Robin and Allan have also offered to help you to date your old photographs – so please do look some out and bring them along. At the Raleigh Hall, Sherborne.

SDFHS Members; £3. Non-members:£5. Includes soft refreshments.

Monumental Inscriptions

Friday 9 November (2.30-4.30pm). Sherborne.

This talk, by John Damon, will explore the different types of memorial that can be found in churches, chapels, graveyards and cemeteries and how the information from them was recorded. There is often personal family information about loved ones that cannot be found elsewhere in documents or on-line. Examples of interesting inscriptions will also be given and the practical aspects of reading engravings will be discussed and where to find the information from eroded, damaged or missing stones. It is sometimes very satisfying to browse in a churchyard rather than on a computer. At the Raleigh Hall, Sherborne.

SDFHS Members; £3. Non-members:£5. Includes soft refreshments.


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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