SDFHS Events, and events where the SDFHS will be represented

For enquiries about SDFHS events at our Family History Centre in Yeovil, or held in Sherborne,  e-mail or phone: 01935 429609. 

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Details of SDFHS Group events throughout Somerset and Dorset can be found on individual Group pages, click here.

* indicates SDFHS attendance at an event organised by another FHS or organisation.

Date

Event

Location

Mar 16, 2019 - 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

The carriage age in Somerset and Dorset

Being on the route of the main highway to the west, the local area has a rich history associated with the era of the horse-drawn coach. This talk by Roger Marsh covers various aspects of our local roads in both Somerset and Dorset, including the Turnpike Trusts, Toll Houses, Coaching Routes and Inns, with many features from that time still visible today.

SDFHS Members: £3. Non-members: £5. Includes refreshments.

Book in advance* or pay at the door.

* Phone: 01935 429609, email: sdfhsmembership@outlook.com or book online.

Venue: The Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne DT9 3NL.

 

Mar 20, 2019 to Apr 17, 2019

Essential Family History

A five week evening course, with SDFHS Secretary, Ted Udall, for those starting out on their family history or anyone wanting a refresher course. Also on 27 March, 3, 10 and 17 April. 7.00-9.00pm

The course is for absolute beginners and also for those who have been researching for some time and perhaps come to some dead-ends. The course consists of five two-hour sessions and covers basic research techniques both on and off the computer. Handouts will be supplied where necessary - just bring your own notebook and pen/pencil.

The course will cover:

  • Interviewing relatives
  • Has it been done already?
  • Certificates
  • The Census
  • Parish records
  • Other records (a summary)
  • Writing it up.

LIMITED NUMBERS. Please book in advance, by phoning 01935 429609, emailing: sdfhsmembership@outlook.com or book online.

SDFHS members £35 for the five sessions. Non-members £40. includes hand-outs. 

Venue: Broadway House Family History Centre, Peter St, Yeovil BA20 1PN. Please note that the meeting room is on the second floor and there is no lift access.

 

Apr 26, 2019 to Apr 27, 2019

Family Tree Live *

SDFHS volunteers will be attending the Family Tree Live genealogy show at Alexandra Palace, giving advice and helping with enquiries. We will also have a bookstall of local and family history publications for sale. 

 

May 4, 2019 - 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Families divided by war: the strange fate of Channel Islanders in World War Two

Paul Radford tells the little known story of the civilian evacuation of the Channel Islands in 1940 as fears grew that German forces would seize this part of British territory and the disruptive five-year occupation that followed, separating families and changing the lives of thousands of people forever. Paul, a Guernseyman, tells the story through his own family, some of whom left abruptly to become refugees on the English mainland and some who stayed behind and suffered deprivation and near-starvation. The talk also covers the painful aftermath with recriminations between those who left and those who stayed behind and the problems faced by those who returned to find they could not always repossess their own properties.

SDFHS Members: £3. Non-members: £5. Includes refreshments.

Book in advance* or pay at the door.

* Phone: 01935 429609, email: sdfhsmembership@outlook.com or book online.

Venue: The Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne DT9 3NL.

 

Jun 5, 2019 - 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Monumental Inscriptions: Family History on tablets of stone.

'Monumental Inscriptions' are transcriptions taken from headstones, tombstones, plaques and war memorials.

This talk, by John Damon, will explore the different types of memorial that can be found in churches, chapels, graveyards and cemeteries and how the information from them was recorded. There is often personal family information about loved ones that cannot be found elsewhere in documents or on-line. Examples of interesting inscriptions will also be given. Sometimes something found on a gravestone can lead to a whole new line of investigation.

Practical aspects of reading engravings will be discussed and where to find the information from eroded, damaged or missing stones. It is sometimes very satisfying to browse in a churchyard rather than on a computer.

BEHOLD ALL YOU THAT PASS BY

THIS HOUSE OF CLAY WHEREIN I LY;

YOUR MORTAL STATE BEHOLD AND SEE,

FOR AS I AM SO MUST YOU BE.

St Mary’s West Stour

SDFHS Members: £3. Non-members: £5.

Book in advance* or pay at the door.

* Phone: 01935 429609, email: sdfhsmembership@outlook.com or book online.

Venue: The SDFHS Centre, Broadway House, Peter St, Yeovil BA20 1PN. Please note that the meeting room is on the second floor and there is no lift access.

 

Jun 29, 2019 - 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Better than church - the history of pubs and brewing in Sherborne

William Blake famously said: "a good local pub has much in common with a church, except that a pub is warmer, and there’s more conversation". The inn and the alehouse have been part of the English tradition for centuries, and although Blake wasn’t keen on organised religion, it’s clear he enjoyed a visit to a public house.

Barry Brock's  talk will investigate the history of the inn and the alehouse in Sherborne, and the part played by the common brewer. It will provide an insight into the means and methods used to research the history of these institutions, and take a look at some of the people involved and the tales associated with them.

SDFHS Members: £3. Non-members: £5. Includes refreshments.

Book in advance* or pay at the door.

* Phone: 01935 429609, email: sdfhsmembership@outlook.com or book online.

Venue: The Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne DT9 3NL.

 

Jul 6, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM

The Family History Show, South West

The largest family history show in the South West of England. Many family history societies and companies attend each year. Free Talks are hosted throughout the day. Everyone is very welcome and there is lots to see. There is plenty of parking, refreshments are available all day, and there are more than 40 exhibitors. Website.

 

 

Jul 27, 2019 - 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

The Photographic Legacy of the American Civil War (1861-1865)

Two of Robin Ansell’s passions come together in this talk – photographic history and the American Civil War. He will briefly touch upon some of the earlier conflicts that were photographed, before reviewing in greater detail the extensive and amazingly varied photographic legacy of the Civil War. He will dispel the myth that renowned photographer Mathew Brady took all the photographs, by showing noteworthy examples from members of his team.

Amongst the illustrations famous faces (from General Custer to General Butler) rub shoulders with the long-forgotten, and inevitably some still rather shocking, corpse-strewn battlefields are depicted. Railway/rail road enthusiasts will no doubt be pleased at the inclusion of several early photographs of wood-Burning, 4-4-0 steam locomotives! Should time permit, Robin Will also show some examples from his personal collection of original, Civil War-era cartes-de-visite.

In addition to being a member of the SDFHS, Robin is also a long-time member (and former Archivist) of the American Civil War Round Table UK.

SDFHS Members: £3. Non-members: £5. Includes refreshments.

Book in advance* or pay at the door.

* Phone: 01935 429609, email: sdfhsmembership@outlook.com or book online.

Venue: The Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne DT9 3NL.

 

Sep 29, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Bristol & Avon FHS Fair *

SDFHS volunteers will be attending the BAFHS Fair, which will be held at BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG. Website.