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The Wonders of The Library Catalogue or how I came to fight my way through an imaginary net curtain

I struggled to come up with a title that would grab your attention as I knew ‘The Library Catalogue‘ just wouldn’t do it. I thought ‘The Life Changing Library Catalogue‘ didn’t quite have the right ring to it as in … Continue reading

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Robert Goadby – founder of the ‘Western Flying Post’

When Patricia Goadby and her brother Michael arrived at the SDFHS Family History Centre one day to enquire about their illustrious ancestor, Robert Goadby, the founder of the Western Flying Post (now better known as the Western Gazette) we were about to … Continue reading

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‘The Greenwood Tree’ – August 2016

The August issue of The Greenwood Tree will be delivered soon and serves as a reminder to book your place at the Society’s Open Day, which also includes the AGM, if you haven’t done so already. Details of the event … Continue reading

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Collecting and Sharing Family Photos

On Saturday (19 March) we will be holding our first Photographic Project Open Day at our Family History Centre in Sherborne (for details see below). Barbara Elsmore describes her own rewarding search for family photographs which she will be adding … Continue reading

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The Dirdoe family of Gillingham, Dorset, and their capture by pirates

Thomas Dirdoe who was born in 1588 in Gillingham, Dorset, was the 11th Great Grandfather of SDFHS member, Arnaud Aurejac-Davis, who tells the fascinating story of the capture of Thomas and his son by Barbary pirates. The first Thomas Dirdoe … Continue reading

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Family Tree Maker and Ancestry

Like many family historians I wanted a computer program where I could keep all the information I was finding out about my family. When a friend emailed me a report she had produced I realised I wanted to be able … Continue reading

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Two men with multiple ‘marriages’

I suspect that many family historians who run into a ‘brick wall’ when trying to pin down an ancestor do the same thing as I do and try to ‘sneak up’ on them by looking at other people with the … Continue reading

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