Family History Research

This page aims to point you in the right direction to carry out your own research both locally and internationally.

How can we help you?

If you wish to do your own research and live in, or are visiting, the Sherborne area then please do call at the Society's Family History Centre. Click here for more details

Several of our Groups based throughout Somerset and Dorset run self-help sessions at local venues, for contact details click here.

If you aren't based locally, then the Society's experienced Volunteers can carry out research for you, click here.

Are you new to Family History?

Click here for a guide to getting started.

Are you looking for Sources of Information in Somerset and Dorset?

For links to local record offices, museums and other family history societies, click here. We have many books about the two counties, and family/local history for sale in our online bookshop.

SDFHS Data

Please note that links to the Society's own databases can now be found under Projects.

Not found your relatives in Somerset or Dorset?

Did they move over the County boundaries? Information on other Family History Societies can be found here.

Professional Researchers

The Society regrets not being able to recommend Researchers; a number do advertise in commercial publications such as Family Tree Magazine, and also in our own Journal The Greenwood Tree, and we would suggest that you look in those for someone who can undertake work for you.