The Somerset and 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 Sherborne, Dorset and includes an excellent local history library.
The SDFHS has the records and facilities to help anyone who has ancestors in the two counties research their family history. The Library in the Research Centre in Sherborne 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 Research 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.
When the Research Centre is opened it is manned by teams of very knowledgable and experienced Volunteers who can help visitors with their research. For those not able to visit Sherborne, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Somerset & Dorset Family History Society, P.O. Box 4502, Sherborne, DT9 6YL.
Opening times Monday, Friday & Saturday, 10.00am – 1.00pm, Thursday 10.00am to 4.00pm. The Centre is open free to members of the Society or on payment of £2.00 by day non-members.
The Research Centre is also open on the third Tuesday of every month from 7.00pm to 9.00pm and the Society holds Family History Surgeries at the public library in Yeovil on the first Saturday of each month from 10am until 3.30pm.
The Centre is closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Also Sherborne Pack Monday Fair Day (14th October in 2013).
Closures for 2013 are as follows:- 29th & 30th March, 1st April, 6th May, 27th May, 26th August, 14th October, 23rd December until 4th January 2014. The Centre re-opens on Monday 6th January 2014.
Every effort is made to accommodate overseas members or people travelling long distances. Please contact the Centre to make special arrangements.