Family History Open Day and SDFHS AGM

The Society's 2014 Family History Open Day, including our Annual General Meeting, was held in Weymouth on Saturday 20 September. A summary can be read here.




Subscriptions for 2015

If you thinking of joining the Society, it might be worth waiting until after 1 November as we take all applications received after that date as being for the following year - so you will get two free months! The annual rate for UK members is £18 (£20 for family membership) and for overseas members £22 and £24. We are offering new members a complimentary hour’s work on your first research request to one of our experienced Volunteers. Please see here for full details. If you wish to apply for Membership, click here to download the application form and then post to: Subscriptions, SDFHS, PO Box 4502. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6YL

Forthcoming SDFHS Events

The programme of events at our Sherborne Research Centre up to November 2014 is now available - full details. Since the Research Centre is open on Saturday mornings, why not combine a visit to research your family history with an afternoon event - we will look forward to seeing you. For details of the extensive programmes of talks organised by our local Groups (see below), click here.

SDFHS Groups

If you live in Somerset or Dorset, there is sure to be an SDFHS Group close to you. The Groups are one of the Society's greatest strengths as in addition to arranging interesting talks, most hold self-help events, and they are run by very experienced family historians who can help you with your research. Our Groups are all very friendly and informal and their events are open to non-Members so please do go along to a meeting if you are thinking of joining the Society and talk to Members - you will be made very welcome. Our Groups also represent the Society at local Family History Fairs and other events in their area.

Facebook and Twitter.

In addition to our Facebook Page we now have a rapidly-growing Facebook Group where you can discuss your research with other members and anyone interested in the two counties. We can also be followed on Twitter.


Please do check out our Wordpress Blog where you can add your e-mail address to be sure of receiving news when a new post is added. It includes accounts of recent activities such as our very successful 'pub walks' held in the summer and our Study-days and Workshops at our Sherborne Research Centre, in addition to accounts of family history research undertaken by some of our members. We would love to hear from any members who have family or local history items that could be published on the Blog. Please e-mail if you would like to contribute an interesting snippet from your own research

Mills on the Yeo

There is a review in the November 2013 issue of The Greenwood Tree by Colin Dean of Martin Bodman's Mills on the Yeo and the men who worked them here. The book is available from our bookshop: Price £10 to personal callers. By post: £12.60 UK and £15.30 overseas. Fully illustrated with photographs and maps, this book describes nearly 90 water-powered sites within the Yeo basin. There is also a wealth of information on named men who worked in and around the mills, making it an invaluable tool for anyone who has mill-owners or workers among their ancestors.