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Somerset & Dorset
Family History Society

East Dorset

Update 15.3.2020: All meetings are postponed until further notice, due to the current coronavirus situation.

Our friendly and active East Dorset Group was established early in 1977 with just nine members. Growing over the years, at one point numbering 80, we have now settled back to around 30 members. 

From 1 January 2019 meetings will be held in the Quarterjack Room, The Allendale Centre, Hanham Rd, Wimborne BH21 1AS.

We start almost all meetings with tea or coffee and biscuits, while Committee members circulate and welcome new visitors. We have a speaker for about an hour followed by questions and we try to obtain two or three home grown speakers a year. We display a Group Notice Board keeping members up to date with activities of the Society and the Group and identifying Group personalities.

We run a Help Desk using a laptop connected to the internet to answer queries. We always try to add a Christmas party or social element to our December Meeting. In the past year we have run two Computer Help Days on a Saturday to advise members and the public not only on family history orientated computer enquiries, including demonstrations of the programmes available in this field, but also the use of computers generally. These Help Days utilise the extensive IT experience of seven of our Members.

Meetings are at 7.30pm for 8.00pm.


Sue Stevens E-mail Phone: 01202 889488 or Anne Pennell E-mail Phone: 01202 848023

Programme 2020

20 JanuaryThe Minster at Wimborne – Chris Dean
17 FebruaryThe Railway Navvy – Chris and Judy Rouse of Wyvern Railway Ancestry
16 MarchPosted in the Past—Helen Baggott