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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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Coach to SWAG Swindon
published by Brian Airey on Tue, 06/03/2018 - 11:46

If anyone would like to travel to Swindon on 30th June for the South West Area Group of Family History Societies Fair please get in touch with me asap.

I have a quote for a 30 seater at £16.50 pp plus entry fee of £2.50 (50p discount with a flyer which we have). A 16 seater will cost just as much so before I finalize details I need to know how many would be interested.

Don't forget that you can also visit Steam and the shopping outlets whilst you are there. (Charges may apply)

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Federation Conference
published by Brian Airey on Wed, 28/02/2018 - 9:10

FFHS Members - FFHS Every Ancestor Matters Conference MShed, Prince’s Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN Saturday 14th April 2018 The programme has been assembled to both broaden and deepen your understanding of the wonderfully diverse and absorbing interest we call 'Family History'. On Saturday 14th April you can expect to discover answers to many questions you don’t yet know to ask! Intrigued? You should be! Are you enthusiastic to learn from acknowledged experts on the following research topics: Wills? British India? Gypsy Heritage? Adoption? ... and maybe much more? The FFHS Every Ancestor Matters Conference sessions at the Bristol M Shed on Saturday 14th April are designed to enlighten your understanding in such areas. Our programme will include talks by the following accomplished speakers: John Hanson - Professional Genealogist Peter Bailey - FIBIS + FFHS Beverley Walker - Romany and Traveller Family History Society Dr Penny Walters - Adoption Research Expert Book for our Saturday Session of the FFHS Every Ancestors Matters conference ... and you'll also be offered the (optional) opportunity to attend further lectures on Friday 13th April ... and/or accompanied visits to places of interest in the Bristol area on Sunday 15th April. Booking: Attendance at the Saturday 14th April session of the FFHS Every Ancestor Matters Conference is £39:50. Capacity is limited to 60, so Please Book Early to avoid disappointment https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ffhs-every-ancestor-matters-conference-bristol-tickets-42528771701

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