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A Day Out at the Seaside

Following on from an earlier blog about unidentified photographs I can share the story of this lovely family group The photograph was taken in Boscombe on 17 September 1889 Some years ago I inherited a box of old family photographs that had belonged to my great-grandmother Alice Mary SCARD, she married (in 1894) George John PITFIELD, this photo was amongst them Needless to say none was identified - so frustrating! I tried for years to try to find out who the people in the photos were, I had...

Provoking memories via Yeovil Library window display

Congratulations to Anne Warr and John Damon for producing such an eye-catching display to promote our society in the window of Yeovil Library This is the second time we have been featured in this window; on the earlier occasion it was to introduce ourselves to Yeovil, shortly after we moved into our Broadway House headquarters The current display contains our new banners which are now pictorial so cannot get out of date in the foreseeable future, which can so easily happen if we use...

The Greenwood Tree – June 2019

The June issue of The Greenwood Tree is a Special Edition featuring wedding photos sent in by members Editor Paul Radford previews the edition which will be mailed to members at the end of May and which SDFHS members can already view or download from the Members’ Area of the Society’s website We asked members for wedding photos from their family history research files and they seemed to arrive in droves, many of them with intriguing stories attached In the end we were able to...

Copyright and family history

Many family historians regularly post online, or circulate on social media, images of themselves and their families and, on the whole, these will probably not fall foul of copyright or intellectual property laws, since they are likely to have been taken by family members who are the legal copyright holders, and who would, even if they should be unaware of the posting, not object to them being used Copyright is, however, a very tricky subject and there are grey areas, where some guidance might...

Member and Guest Blogs Welcome

We welcome guest and member blog posts on any topic with a family history connection and invite you to send your contributions, which should include photo/photos, to the editor Barbara Elsmore