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This article came from the Chronicle published September 1978. Page 13



Author: Pat Knight


Founded in 1975 the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies and aims to promote and advance interest in family history in all its aspects in the area covered by the counties of Somerset and Dorset.

Meetings are held bi-monthly at various venues throughout Somerset and Dorset, with additional meetings at Taunton, Wimborne, and Yeovil, where local groups have been formed. Members are actively engaged in projects such as transcribing parish records, particularly parish registers and copying monumental inscriptions in churchyards.

A newsletter, ‘The Greenwood Tree’, is issued quarterly free of charge to full members of the Society. Subscription is £3.00 per annum, £1.50 for each family member residing at the same address, £3.50 for overseas members (surface mail rate) and £5.50 (air mail rate). Future meetings include:

September: Tuesday 12 September 1978 at 7.30 p.m. Yeovil and District Group Meeting at the Marwick Centre, Reckleford, Yeovil. Mrs Joy Burden talks on ‘Local and Family History’.
Friday 15 September at 7.30 p.m. in Poole Central Library, Arndale Centre, Poole. Miss Daphne Hills, B.A.,talks on ‘Civic Records as a Source for Family,History’.

October: Saturday 7 October at 2-30 p.m, in the Monmouth Hall, Sunningdale Estate, Yeovil. Third Annual General Meeting.

Further information about the Society can be obtained from the Secretary, Mr T.P.Farmer, Bru-lands, Marston Road, Sherborne, Dorset (Tel. Sherborne 4754), or from Mrs P.A.Knight, 24 Nash Lane, Yeovil (Tel. Yeovil 25434), who is a member of our Society.


All YALHS talks start at 7:30pm and are held at the Holy Trinity Church & Community Centre, Lysander Road, YEOVIL, BA20 2BU (Non-members Welcome – £2 at the door)

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Winter Talks 2018/19

Fri 2nd Nov – ‘Talk on the World War One – about the Local Lads who went to War and the Lasses, how they helped to win the War’ – Speaker – Darren Berry
Fri 7th Dec – ‘The Unfortunate Captain Pearce & the wreck of the Halsewell‘ – Speaker – Philip Browne
Fri 4th Jan 2019 – Members’ Evening – all welcome – Join us for various talks, a quiz and light refreshments
Fri 1st FebProgramme Change – now  ‘A Victorian Head Gardener’ – Speaker – Dr Francis Burroughes
Fri 2nd Mar – ‘Walter Bagehot – Langport’s Unknown Celebrity’ – Speaker – Barry Winetrobe (Brought forward from last year)
5th Apr (Fri) ‘The Lost Islands of Somerset’ – Speaker – Richard Brunning
3rd May (Fri) AGM followed by a talk – ‘Parish Boundaries in and around Yeovil’ – Speaker – Jim Hart – (Non-members – free entrance!) – bring a friend

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