01935 429609
Somerset & Dorset
Family History Society

Events

Below is a list of upcoming SDFHS events.

Family & Local History Meeting

Date: 14th April 2020

Time: 11.30-1.30

Location: Sherborne Library, Hound St, Sherborne, DT9 3AA

Update 19.3.2020: This meeting has been postponed and will be rearranged as soon as the current situation allows.

A monthly self-help meeting of SDFHS members to discuss research relating to family and local history. Non-members are very welcome to attend.

Family Tree Live

Start date: 17th April 2020

End date: 18th April 2020

Time: 9.30am-6.00pm (Friday); 9.30am-5.00pm (Saturday)

Location: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY.

Update 19.3.2020: This event has been cancelled.

SDFHS volunteers will be attending the Family Tree Live genealogy show at Alexandra Palace, giving advice and helping with enquiries. We will also have a bookstall of local and family history publications for sale. 

Essential Family History

Start date: 22nd April 2020

End date: 20th May 2020

Time: 7.00-9.00pm

Location: Broadway House Family History Centre, Peter St, Yeovil BA20 1PN

Update 19.3.2020: This course has been postponed and will be rearranged as soon as the current situation allows.

A five week evening course, with SDFHS Secretary, Ted Udall, for those starting out on their family history or anyone wanting a refresher course. Also on 29 April, and 6, 13, 20 May. 7.00-9.00pm

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.

The course will cover:

  • Interviewing relatives
  • Has it been done already?
  • Certificates
  • The Census
  • Parish records
  • Other records (a summary)
  • Writing it up.

SDFHS Members: £35. Non-members: £40. Includes hand-outs.

Limited numbers, so please book in advance: phone: 01935 429609, email: sdfhsmembership@outlook.com

Please note that the meeting room is on the second floor and there is no lift access.

Family & Local History Meeting

Date: 12th May 2020

Time: 11.30-1.30

Location: Sherborne Library, Hound St, Sherborne, DT9 3AA

Update 19.3.2020: This meeting has been postponed and will be rearranged as soon as the current situation allows.

A monthly self-help meeting of SDFHS members to discuss research relating to family and local history. Non-members are very welcome to attend.

Exploring the history of your house – getting started on your house history

Date: 27th May 2020

Time: 2.30pm

Location: SDFHS Family History Centre, Broadway House, Peter St, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1PN

Update 19.3.2020: This talk has been postponed and will be rearranged as soon as the current situation allows.

Barry Brock has investigated the histories of several houses in Sherborne, making use of title deeds, maps and architectural analysis, as well as the familiar tools of the family historian, such as  parish records, census records and wills. Using Sherborne as an example, he will show how these resources and research techniques can be applied to establish the history of most properties, no matter where they may be situated.

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