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Members' Meeting February 9th video
published by Jenny Towey on Thu, 10/02/2022 - 11:40

It is with regret that I have to inform you that - due to technical difficulties - we were unable to live stream or record yesterday's talk on DNA for Family History.

We desperately need a couple of people to help us out with the technical side of streaming and recording talks - offers of help are very welcome.

Jenny Towey

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South West Heritage Trust Q&A
published by Brian Airey on Sat, 30/01/2021 - 11:18

The above organisation is holding a free  session entitled "Somerset Family History: On line Q & A" on 11 February 1030am - noon.

Discover what to look at next in your family history adventure.  A free informal session to ask about researching your Somerset family. 

To book please go to   South.West.Heritage.Trust2@r1.technology-trust-news.org

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Dorset Family History Day Fair
published by Paul Tracey on Wed, 11/03/2020 - 12:38

We are advised that the Dorset Family History Day Fair due to take place on 21st March 2020 at Parkstone Grammar School, Poole has been cancelled.

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Dorset FHS Family Day - 21 March
published by Pat Hase on Wed, 11/03/2020 - 12:14

From the Dorset FHS:

"The Dorset Family History Society has reluctantly made the decision to cancel the Family History Day on Saturday 21st March 2020. This is out of consideration for the health and well being of our volunteers, exhibitors, speakers and potential visitors because of the Coronavirus.

The Family History Day was going to be held at Parkstone Grammar School, Sopers Lane, Poole and we also didn’t want to be responsible for potentially bringing the virus onto the school premises.

Please regularly check the society’s website at https://www.dorsetfhs.org.uk/events-act…/family-history-day/ for future events which will be organised as soon as we feel it is safe to do so."

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On The Wrong Side of the Law Seminar
published by Brian Airey on Mon, 02/03/2020 - 9:29

From big time villain to petty thief we can probably find one or two ancestors who didn't manage to keep on the straight and narrow.  The Guild of One Name Studies invites you to Ruishton Village Hall on 16th May 9.30am-4.30pm to discover more about the criminal justice system and the court and prison records that will help us track down individuals, and to explore the fascinating links between crime writing and genealogy.


09:30 – 10:00 Arrival: Registration and Coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome to the Seminar – Alison Boulton
10:10 – 11:10 Social History of Prisons – Rosalind Crone (The Open University)
11:10 – 11:15 Comfort Break
11:15 – 12:15 Getting to Know Your Criminal Ancestors – Aoife O’Connnor (Find My Past)
12:15- 13.15 Lunch Break
13:15 – 14:15 Criminalising Vagrancy – Nick Crowson (University of Birmingham)
14:15- 14:20 Comfort Break
14:20 – 15:20 Crime Writing with a Genealogical Twist– Nathan Dylan Goodwin 4490 (author and genealogist)
15:20 – 15:40 Tea Break
15:40 – 16:40 Tracking Down Transported Criminals – Michelle Patient 5840 (genealogist)
16:40 – 16:45 Close of Seminar

We would like to compile a Guild ‘Rogues Gallery’ of criminal ancestors to display at the event, and are inviting everyone to write something about one of their criminal ancestors, either from their one name study or elsewhere in the family tree.

Applications to attend are welcome from Guild members, family historians, genealogists, and members of the general public having an interest in the subject matter.

The seminar cost including refreshments and buffet lunch is £22.00 (including VAT).To book on this seminar, you can use our online form¹ in any of three ways:

Book online and pay online via PayPal or credit card;

For Guild members, book online and pay by direct bank transfer through your bank, quoting the reference number on the form (this is the method which represents the least cost to the Guild);

Fill in the booking form online, then print it and send it through the post with your cheque.

Alternatively, you can download our booking form flyer, which can be printed, filled-in, and posted, with a cheque to:
Alan Moorhouse, [Seminar Bookings], 8 Strachans Close, STROUD, Gloucestershire, GL5 3EB.

Bookings close on 3rd May 2002.

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Events in area
published by Brian Airey on Thu, 06/09/2018 - 12:51

The following has been sent to me for further circulation.

22nd September 2018 Somerset & Dorset FHS AGM and Open Day 10am to 4pm at Queen Elizabeth School Blandford Road Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 4DT The event is free and you do not have to be a member to attend.The key Speakers are Nick Barratt and Gill Blanchard. There is free parking.

The History and Heritage on the Levels Exhibition will take place in Othery Village Hall on the 26th and 27th October. 11am -5pm all free of charge. At 7pm on the Friday 26th October you can come and see internationally acclaimed genealogist ,historian Guild member and author Janet Few The History Interpreter talking about "The burning time" witchcraft in the 17th Century". Groups attending include Somerset and Dorset Family History Society, Guild of One Name Studies, The History Hut, North Curry Archives, Langport and District History Society, Somerset Western Front Association, Othery History Group, Middlezoy History Group, High Ham Parish Community Group , Westonzoyland Aviation Museum. No entry charge for exhibition or talk. We will have a raffle, refreshments for sale and a bar in the evening.

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