Starting with the 2023 subscription year (so available from 1 November 2022) the Society is introducing an annual ‘electronic subscription’ for members who prefer not to receive the hard copy of our journal The Greenwood Tree. The full-colour PDF of each new issue can be downloaded from the Members’ Area of the website and log-in details will be sent to all new members on joining.
If you are renewing an existing subscription, you will be asked for your membership number. This can be found on the mailing insert for your copies of The Greenwood Tree or can be requested by email.
The Somerset & Dorset Family History Society has around 1,500 members worldwide. Most of our members are people tracing their family history in one or both of the two counties but we also have members who have joined because they are interested in local history in our area or because they are researching families elsewhere but live locally and appreciate the advantages of having easy access to the expertise of our many experienced volunteers. Whether you have already spent time tracing your family history or are just starting out on this fascinating hobby, we are sure that joining the SDFHS will be of great benefit to you. Although most people start tracing their family history online and many records are available on the major genealogical websites, these often provide only the basic data and records are often tantalisingly incomplete and sometimes inaccurately transcribed. If your family came from Somerset and/or Dorset we can check basic facts, such as baptisms, marriages and burials, in our individual parish transcripts, and search for those elusive records which are not yet online. However, we can do much more than provide basic data; we can also help you to add context to the information you have collected and to research your ancestors’ lives, the work they did and the places in which they lived. Membership of the SDFHS gives you access to our research facilities and the knowledge and experience of our Volunteers.
As a ‘welcome’ to the Society we are offering new members an hour’s free research by one of our experienced Family Historians.
When you make your first research request, e-mail, state clearly that you are a new member and would like to claim your ‘free’ hour of research, and quote your membership number. If you prefer to send a letter, then post it to SDFHS (New Member Research), Broadway House, Peter St., Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1PN United Kingdom.