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Somerset & Dorset
Family History Society

Out of Counties

A recent analysis of the Society’s membership indicated that by far the largest ‘group’ amongst us is those who do not live in either Somerset or Dorset. While local, ‘within-counties’ groups are represented on the Executive Committee, this extensive ‘out-of counties’ group is not. In an effort to remedy this, and given the opportunities presented by technology, the committee has decided to appoint an Out of Counties Representative. Michael Pitfield has kindly agreed to take on this role initially. Clearly this is a new departure for the Society, and is something of an experiment. With goodwill all round it is hoped it will develop and prove successful.

Michael (in co-operation with his ‘cousin’ Hugh Pitfield) has been studying his family history for over 50 years. The earliest Pitfield family references in Dorset are in the Allington area and surroundings in the 1500s. The family later spread wider in Dorset, into Devon, and latterly all over the world. Michael’s own branch settled in Fordington, Dorchester in about 1700 and members remain there to this day.  There is a comprehensive genealogy of the family which is indexed and can be downloaded (free) at www.pitfield-family.co.uk. Many society members with Dorset ancestors will be connected to the Pitfields.

Michael is enthusiastic to work with the committee to better serve the interests of ‘out of counties’ members. He has been an occasional member of the Society since the 1970s. He has contributed to ’The Greenwood Tree’ and recently wrote some ten blogs for the Society’s website.

Michael’s career has been in executive development. He was on the Board of Henley Business School and subsequently ran his own business mentoring business. He now helps run leadership activities at St George’s House, Windsor Castle. He lives in Windsor and is active in the local community. Chris Hall, our Website Manager is based in the United States and also attends Executive Committee meetings. He too is able to contribute an ‘out of counties’ perspective.

While Group members have a good deal of local knowledge, they are not usually in a position to carry out documentary research. If you need research done, please see “How We Can Help.”

Use the form to send a message to Michael Pitfield, or post to S&DFHS, Broadway House, Peter Street, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1PN, United Kingdom.