The Society

The Somerset & Dorset Family History Society was founded in 1975 and helps people to research their family history, especially those with ancestors in the two counties. The Society's Family History Centre is in Sherborne, Dorset and includes an excellent local and family history library.

Mission

The Aims and Objectives of the Somerset & Dorset Family History Society are:

a) To advance the education of the public in the study of family history, genealogy and heraldry with particular reference to Somerset & Dorset.

b) To promote the preservation, security, accessibility and publication of archival material.

Facilities

The SDFHS has the records and facilities to help anyone who has ancestors in the two counties research their family history. The Library in our Family History Centre in Sherborne has transcripts of many registers and gravestones from local parishes, and also includes books and journals related to local history, and on more general genealogical and military history topics. The Society has its own database of names from local records and pedigrees which can be searched for a small fee.

The Family History Centre can also be used by members of the SDFHS to access many of the most important online genealogical resources. Non-members can also use the facilities on payment of a daily fee.When the Centre is opened it is manned by teams of very knowledgable and experienced Volunteers who can help visitors with their research. For those not able to visit Sherborne, Volunteers will undertake research but since this is very time consuming, the Society does have to make a charge for this. New members receive a free hour of research and, after this, members are charged £5 an hour (non-members £10 an hour). Enquiries should be sent by e-mail or by post to: Somerset & Dorset Family History Society, P.O. Box 4502, Sherborne, DT9 6YL.