About the SDFHS

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 Family History Centre is in Yeovil, Somerset 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 our Family History 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 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 Centre is opened it is manned by teams of very knowledgeable and experienced Volunteers who can help visitors with their research. 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 sdfhs@btconnect.com or by post to: Somerset & Dorset Family History Society, Broadway House, Peter St., Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1PN.

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 £3.00 by day non-members.

The 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 Holidays and between Christmas and New Year.

Every effort is made to accommodate overseas members or people travelling long distances. Please contact the Centre to make special arrangements.

2 Responses to About the SDFHS

  1. Gail B says:

    Last April we rented a self-catering cottage in Sherborne and enjoyed visiting the SDFHS centre there. This April we will be closer to Blandforfd Forum in the third week of April. Are there any Society meetings being held near there, at that time?
    Gail Benjafield

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