The Somerset & Dorset Family History Society helps people to research their family history, especially those with ancestors in the two counties. The Society’s Research Centre is in Yeovil, Somerset, and includes an excellent local history library.
The Library in the Family History Centre in Yeovil has transcripts of many registers and gravestones from local parishes. It also includes books and journals related on 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 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.
In addition to paper transcripts from parish and other records, the Society has databases of family history information compiled by our volunteers:
- Baptisms (Somerset only)
- Marriages (Somerset & Dorset and Somerset pre-1754)
- Burials (Somerset & Dorset)
- Monumental Inscriptions (Somerset & Dorset)
- Pedigrees (Somerset & Dorset)
These often contain information that is not yet available elsewhere online, and we can search the databases for you.
Work on improving and updating these datasets is ongoing and the Society also has new projects which are collecting data from other sources which will be of use to family historians. For details of all our current projects, click here.
These are member groups in the Somerset & Dorset Family History Society and their individual sites include more information.
- Blackmore Vale
- East Dorset
- Mid Somerset
- South Dorset
- West Dorset
- West Somerset
For those not able to visit Yeovil Volunteers will undertake research but since this is very time consuming, the Society does have to make a charge for this. Enquiries should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] or by post to: Somerset & Dorset Family History Society, Broadway House, Peter St, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1PN.
For information about their benefits, including a subscription to their award-winning journal, The Greenwood Tree, visit their Membership page.