SDFHS Events

We organise Society events, either side of the county boundary between Somerset and Dorset, in both Yeovil and Sherborne. Yeovil events are held in our Family History Centre at Broadway House, Peter St., Yeovil BA20 1PN which is on the first and second floors, without lift access. Sherborne events are held at the Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne, DT9 3NL which is fully accessible.



Basic Family History - Wednesday evenings 11 April-9 May 2018 (7.00-9.00pm)

£35.00

Basic Family History - Wednesday evenings 11 April-9 May 2018 (7.00-9.00pm)

A five week evening course, with Ted Udall. On 11, 18, 25 April, 2, 9 May. 7.00pm - 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. Hand... [more info]

Exploring the History of your House - 28 April 2018 (2.30-4.30pm)

£3.00

Exploring the History of your House - 28 April 2018 (2.30-4.30pm)

If you enjoyed the BBC's 'A House through Time' and want to find out how the research was done and how you can investigate the history of your own house, or, perhaps, one lived in by your ancestors, Barry Brock and Barbara Elsmore will talk about houses that they have researched and guide you through the various resources available.The afternoon wi... [more info]

Skills Workshop: Reading Old Documents - 12 May 2018 (2.00-4.00pm)

£3.00

Skills Workshop: Reading Old Documents - 12 May 2018 (2.00-4.00pm)

Anyone who wishes to research original sources before the typewriter will soon realise that there are many different scripts to be mastered when reading old documents. In this workshop Ted Udall presents some of the more common ‘hands’ and gives practical advice on deciphering them. Please bring your own pencil and notepad - other materials will be... [more info]

The Railway History of Yeovil, South Somerset & West Dorset - 9 June 2018 (2.30-4.30pm)

£3.00

The Railway History of Yeovil, South Somerset & West Dorset - 9 June 2018 (2.30-4.30pm)

Roger Marsh will discuss the origins and development of the railway system in our area.With the advent of Brunel’s broad gauge railway from London to Bristol and onwards to the west and the London & South Western Railway line from London to Southampton under the leadership of Joseph Locke, South Somerset and West Dorset found itself in an area ... [more info]

All around Milborne Port and area in World War II - Saturday 30 June 2018 (2.30-4.30pm)

£3.00

All around Milborne Port and area in World War II - Saturday 30 June 2018 (2.30-4.30pm)

Richard Duckworth will present a film, which he has compiled, showing what was happening in our area during WWII, including footage of Home Guard training, events just before D Day in 1944 and the celebrations in Sherborne at the end of the War. We hope that the film will revive memories for those who lived through the War and inform those too ... [more info]

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