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In our bookshop at the Family History Centre we stock a wide range of publications related to family and local history in Somerset and Dorset and adding them to this shop is going to take a while, so we would ask you to be patient please if you can’t find the book/CD you would like to buy.

The price quoted includes UK postage. If you are ordering publications to be posted to an address outside the UK, please select the ‘Overseas’ option when prompted.

10,000 Fallen Remembered on Dorset War Memorials

A Bargain – big price reduction.  (Murial Monk)  The book is a compilation of all the names of those who lost their lives in both World Wars and recorded on war memorials in Dorset, as well as a few names…..


40 Years of the Greenwood Tree on CD

This CD has been produced to mark the 40th anniversary of the Somerset & Dorset Family History Society. It contains a complete set of all the back editions of The Greenwood Tree as text-searchable PDF files, including the 40th anniversary…..


Agricultural Labourer, My Ancestor Was An (2nd Edition)

(Ian Waller) Unlike many occupational groups, there is no single set of records which enables us to find out about their lives. From the early 1800s onwards it is quite possible to locate documents among family papers such as letters,…..


Basic Facts About Using Baptism Records for Family Historians

Baptism records are important they often provide the only written record of an ancestor’s early life.  However, baptism has never been compulsory by law in the British Isles so, although most Christian and Jewish people were baptised at some stage…..


Coast & Sea

(Sarah Welton)  Much of Dorset’s coast is now a World Heritage Site; one of Britain’s first underwater marine wildlife reserves is at Kimmeridge. Add Dorset’s rock pools and coastal waters, the unique shingle bank of Chesil Beach and the Fleet…..


How to Discover Your Family History Using Free Resources

(Anthony E Trice)  A beginner’s guide to researching family history, concentrating on Internet sites that can be used free of charge, thus enabling good progress to be made without incurring significant costs.  The book concentrates mainly on English and Welsh…..


Over & Nether Compton – Snapshots in Time

(Barbara Elsmore) From midway through the reign of Queen Victoria, to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the many changes affecting the way of life in Over and Nether Compton are explored. Life is viewed through the eyes of members…..


Somerset; Shocking, Surprising and Strange

(Jack W Sweet)  A collection of fifty tales of murder, mayhem and mishap, ranging from Mary Adlam killing her drunken husband in Regency Bath, a test flight crash at Yeovil and mine disasters in the Somerset coalfields, to the missing…..


Two Seventeenth Century Somerset Freeholders Lists

Transcriptions of a jurors book, originally the property of John Preston who served a sheriff of Somerset from 1647 to 1648, and a jurors book from 1697. The two lists consist of the names, places of abode and occupations where…..


40 Years of the Greenwood Tree on Memory Stick

This data has been produced to mark the 40th anniversary of the Somerset & Dorset Family History Society. It contains a complete set of all the back editions of The Greenwood Tree as text-searchable PDF files, including the 40th anniversary edition…..


Cassini Old Series Map – Sheet 182, Weston-super-Mare – 1809-1833

The map covers the same area, is reproduced to the same scale (1:50,000), carries the same map number and uses the same British National Grid Reference, as the corresponding Ordnance Survey Landranger© map.


Discover Your Dorset Ancestors

(Chloe O’Shea)  This book is aimed art both amateur family historians as well as experienced genealogists who wish to research their background in the county. The initial chapters deal with different record types, such as newspaper articles, title deeds and…..


Downs, Meadows & Pastures

(Jim White)  The tiny fragments of Dorset grassland that remain rich in wildlife are widely scattered, mirroring the underlying geology.  They range from ancient pasture in the clay vales to the herb-strewn turf of the chalk downland, from a handful…..


Hardington Mandeville, A Peewit in Wartime – A Child’s War in Somerset

(Gordon Rendell).  The author, aged three at the start of the war in 1939, experienced the following six years with a sharp intensity.  Having an enquiring mind and time of his hands, he studied the village characters and was often…..


Researching Local History – Your Guide to the Sources

(Stuart A Raymond)  The records of parish, county, and diocesan administration, of the courts, of the national government, and of private estates, all have something to tell us about the history of a locality, which can assist with our understanding…..


Somerset Freeholders List 1733

This booklet fills a gap of half a century between the jury books held amongst the Quarter Sessions archive at the Somerset Heritage Centre. It consists of the names, places of abode and occupations where given of all persons qualified…..