Broadway House, Peter St, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1PN

Phone: +44 (0)1935 429609

SDFHS Family History Centre

Our Family History Centre is at Broadway House, Peter St, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1PN.

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Plan of Yeovil showing the nearest car parks to our Family History Centre - charges (as of October 2017).

Opening Hours:

Monday, Saturday: 10am to 1pm
Thursday, Friday: 10am to 4pm

On the third Tuesday in the month: 7-9pm.

Christmas/New Year. We will close for the holidays at 4pm on Friday 21 December 2018 and reopen at 10am on Thursday 3 January 2019.


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If you live in Somerset or Dorset, there is sure to be an SDFHS Group close to you. Click here for details of our Groups and their upcoming events' programmes.

AGM and Open Day

Our Annual General Meeting is held as part of an Open Day organised by each of our local Groups in turn. In 2019 the Open Day/AGM will be organised by our West Somerset Group and will be held on Saturday 21 September 2019 at The Tithe Barn, Dunster.


Somerset & Dorset Family History Society

How can we help you?

We will help you to find documented facts about the lives of your former family members which will unlock doors to your own personal family story. Although we do specialise in Somerset and Dorset and have extensive records from our two counties, our experienced Research Volunteers have skills which can help you trace your family roots, regardless of where they might have originated.

Our Family History Centre is at Broadway House, Peter St, Yeovil BA20 1PN. Find out more about how we can help with your research and the facilities we have to offer.

Latest News

The Greenwood Tree - December 2018

The December 2018 issue was mailed to all members at the end of November. 

The Editor, Paul Radford, has written a preview for the Society's blog and the full-colour PDF is available for download in the Members' Area.

Remembering a Generation

7.11.18. Phil Nichols' research for our publication Remembering a Generation: the World War One servicemen of West and Middle Chinnock is featured in an article published in the Daily Mail, both in print and online. The book (£13.35 including UK postage) can be ordered from our online shop.

URGENT - Treasurer wanted!

The Somerset & Dorset Family History Society urgently neds a new Treasurer to take over from Rose Figgins. Anyone interested in taking on this vital role for the Society should contact Rose.

Family History Centre Opening Hours

Our Family History Centre in Yeovil has proved to be so popular with visitors that we are extending our opening hours for a trial period (starting 1 October 2018 until Spring 2019), by opening all day (10am-4pm) on Fridays, as well as Thursdays.

The Greenwood Tree - September 2018

The September 2018 issue was a special edition to mark the centenary of the end of World War I and has eight more pages than normal.

The Editor, Paul Radford, wrote a preview for the Society's blog and the full-colour PDF is available for download in the Members' Area.





Secure the shadow: Somerset Photographers 1839-1939

Our latest publication (June 2018) is a celebration of Somerset’s photographic history, as seen through the lives and work of nearly 800 photographers. 

Each photographer is listed with details of where he/she was working and when, together with an indication of the source of the information. 

The book will appeal to family, local, social and photographic historians, including collectors, as a reliable and indispensable reference source on the subject.

The accompanying DVD contains more than 1,500 images produced by Somerset photographers, and a mini-biography of each of the photographers. 

Book: A4 (297mm x 210mm). 105 pages. Soft covers.

DVD: 4,495 pages of which 2746 are images, mainly taken by the photographers, together with some other material such as advertisements.

Now on sale at our Family History Centre, price £12.00, or in our online shop, where prices include postage.

One of the authors, Phil Nichols, has written a post about the book on our blog.

Historic Migration from the West Country

Migration from the West Country features in many of the articles in the June issue of our journal The Greenwood Tree which was posted to members in early June. A full-colour PDF is available for download in our Members Area.








Log-Book of Lytchett Matravers Primary School

The Society has been very fortunate to have been offered by Mike Randall, who was Head Teacher at Lytchett Matravers Primary School from 1983-2007, his transcript of the school’s Log Book from 1875-1918, with an index of names included. A PDF of the transcript is now available in our website's Members' Area.

Burial/Cremation records for Somerset and Dorset

SDFHS Members can now view or download fully searchable PDFs of around 100,000 Somerset and Dorset burials and more than 35,000 cremations in the Members' Area.

Weymouth Crematorium. The records, transcribed by Jennifer McGowan, relate to cremations from 1939-1997 (with a gap from 1942-62). The area covered is rather larger than the normal churchyard burials. It covers not only the Weymouth area, but also the cremations of people from elsewhere in Dorset and some from Somerset, and Devon. There were a few cremations from Royal Air Force Warmwell during the war, and also many from Yeovil, before that town’s own crematorium was opened in 1971. After Yeovil crematorium opened, the area covered was reduced but because of the growing popularity of cremation, the numbers at Weymouth did not seem to go down.

Somerset and Dorset Burials. These files cover burials in Dorset parish churches (Abbotsbury to Broadwindsor, East Stoke-Lydlinch), plus burials in Somerset: Bath Jewish Cemetery (Combe Down), Castle Cary (Zion Chapel), Highbridge Cemetery, Keynsham (Baptist Chapel), Mid Lambrook (Independent) and Taunton (Baptist Chapel).

SDFHS Baptisms and Burials on 'The Genealogist'

All family historians know how important it is to have as many records as possible available online since not everyone is in a position to visit the relevant Archives themselves. The Somerset & Dorset Family History Society has been transcribing records in the two counties for more than 40 years and during that time we have been able to provide details from our extensive databases to help researchers who visit us, or send us enquiries. We will be continuing this service but are very pleased now that we have been able, working with The Genealogist, to make these records available online so that family historians can use them wherever they are based.

Our records are included in full subscriptions to 'The Genealogist' or you can subscribe to our baptisms and burials only at FHS Online:




Joining the Society

Our subscription year runs from 1 January to 31 December (and includes four issues of The Greenwood Tree). Download an application form.

Current annual subscription rates are: UK individual: £18, UK Family: £20, Overseas Individual: £22, Overseas Family: £24.

If you subscribe for three years (currently 2018-2020), you will get a discount and the three-year rates are: UK Individual £50; UK Family £56; Overseas Individual £62; Overseas Family £68.

An hour of free research for new Members

We are offering new members of the Society a complimentary hour's work on your first research request to one of our experienced Volunteers. Please see here for full details.

Download the November 2015 issue of The Greenwood Tree

If you are not yet a member of the Society and would like to see a copy of The Greenwood Tree before joining, you can download a PDF of the November 2015 edition here.


Somerset & Dorset Family History Society

The Greenwood Tree – December 2018


Remembrance is highlighted in the December edition of The Greenwood Tree, the first since the remarkable centenary ceremonies in November which marked the 1918 Armistice. September’s World War One Special Edition was largely dominated by family history stories of the … Continue reading

Remembering Bertie and Reg


I would like to tell you about two boys who died in World War One. They had both attended Foster’s School, in Sherborne, and you can see their names on the Roll of Honour board (now at the Gryphon School.) … Continue reading

SDFHS events – next week!


There are still places available on Ted Udall’s ‘Essential Family History’ course, which starts on Wednesday 19 October (7-9pm) at our Centre in Yeovil, and is great value at only £40 (£35 for SDFHS members) for five two-hour sessions. If … Continue reading

Finding and dating unknown family photos


As anyone interested in family history will know when facts come to light that enable a name to be added to a family tree it is not long before starting to wonder what this person might have looked like. Many … Continue reading