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Somerset & Dorset
Family History Society

Blackmore Vale Group

The People, the Places, the Life behind  Doors: The World of the Workhouse

We are delighted to be able to engage Kirsty Gray to give our opening talk of the autumn season: Kirsty has been involved in genealogy from a very young age and is now a fully-fledged professional genealogist, business owner, heir tracer, TV/radio personality, Genealogy Show Director, and more besides Many of us will have found ancestors who disappeared into the workhouse: what were these institutions  Why were they feared so much What happened behind the closed doors Speaker: Kirsty...

Sin, Sex & Probate

Following Visitations, particularly prior to the mid-nineteenth century, church courts heard cases of, and passed judgement on ecclesiastical sins, defamation and sexual misconduct of parishioners and clergy, issued marriage licences and honorary degrees, and granted probate (wills and letters of administration) In this illustrated lecture Dr Chapman provides many examples of the depositions (statements) of witnesses whilst explaining how these courts operated and where their records may be...

Demystifying DNA

7pm start  We’ve all got it – what is it  Have you done a test and you’re not sure what the results mean Or, are you not sure whether to even do a DNA test Different DNA testing companies test slightly different things, each company has its own advantages and disadvantages, and different useful extra tools, so which test is best for your research This presentation will walk you through the initial stages of understanding your DNA test results Speaker: Dr Penny...

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