Family History Centre Events

The Somerset & Dorset Family History Society is based in Sherborne in Dorset and we are fortunate in having a meeting room in our seventeenth-century headquarters where we hold regular events. These are usually on a Saturday afternoon and members of the Society can book places at advantageous rates. 

We also have events which do not need to be booked in advance and so are not included in this shop. Please check the 'Events' page of our website for further details.

Tickets will not be issued for places booked but you will receive an e-mail confirming your booking.

Since our meeting room has limited seating, advance booking is essential, and early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.



Curious and Surprising Dorset - Saturday 18 February 2017 (2.00-4.30pm)

£8.00

Curious and Surprising Dorset - Saturday 18 February 2017 (2.00-4.30pm)

Roger Guttridge's latest book Dorset: Curious and Surprising is a selection of 35 stories from across the county that have captured his imagination over the years. They include the country clergyman who eloped with a parishioner's wife, the spinster who kept her companion's body for almost three years without reporting her death, and the ... [more info]

Essential Family History - Wednesdays 24 April, 3, 10, 17 & 24 May 2017 (7.00-9.00pm)

£30.00

Essential Family History - Wednesdays 24 April, 3, 10, 17 & 24 May 2017 (7.00-9.00pm)

A five week evening course, with SDFHS Secretary, Ted Udall, for beginners or those wanting a refresher course.  Includes hand-outs. SDFHS Members £30. Non-members: £35. ... [more info]

From Slavery to the Workshop; the Poor Laws in England - Saturday 29 April 2017 (2.00-4.30pm)

£8.00

From Slavery to the Workshop; the Poor Laws in England - Saturday 29 April 2017 (2.00-4.30pm)

Ted Udall, Secretary of the SDFHS, and an experienced family historian will outline the origins and development of the various "Poor Laws" enacted in England between the 16th and 19th centuries and discuss some of the documentation which sheds light on our ancestors' lives.SDFHS Members: £8. Non-members: £10. Includes refreshments.... [more info]

‘A Freezing Horror’: the wreck of the Halsewell, 1786 - Saturday 20 May 2017 (2.00-4.30pm)

£8.00

‘A Freezing Horror’: the wreck of the Halsewell, 1786 - Saturday 20 May 2017 (2.00-4.30pm)

One of the most dramatic shipwreck disasters on an English shore will be the subject of talks by Dorset writer, Philip Browne. Drawing on his recent book, The Unfortunate Captain Peirce and the Wreck of the Halsewell he will describe the terrible events that shocked the nation when a huge East India Company ship was wrecked on th... [more info]

The Rid(e)out Family Gathering - Saturday 12 August 2017 (11.30-4.00pm)

£8.00

The Rid(e)out Family Gathering - Saturday 12 August 2017 (11.30-4.00pm)

Whether you are a Ridout or a Rideout, the chances are that you descend from good Dorset stock... although a few of family members did pop over the borders into Wiltshire and Somerset too.  This special day (11.30-4.00pm), led by Dr Karen Francis, will comprise a couple of short presentations, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, ... [more info]

Tales of local railways - Saturday 25 November 2017 (2.00-4.30pm)

£8.00

Tales of local railways - Saturday 25 November 2017 (2.00-4.30pm)

This afternoon we will hear two talks about railways in the Sherborne/Yeovil area.Roger Marsh will discuss the 1913 railway disaster at Yeovil Pen Mill station and Graham Bendell will summarise the coming, development, decline and renaissance of the railway in Sherborne.SDFHS Members: £8. Non-members: £10. Includes refreshments.... [more info]

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