About Us

Dorset Family History Society was formed in the summer of 1987, but the formal inauguration meeting did not take place until the following January. The Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies.

According to the Constitution,

The objects of the Society shall be:

(a)        To promote and encourage the public study of family history, genealogy, heraldry and local history with particular reference to the County of Dorset.

(b)        To promote the preservation, security and accessibility of archival material.

In furtherance of the above objects but not further or otherwise the Society shall have the following powers:

(i)         To hold lectures and discussions and organise research visits for Society members and interested members of the general public.

(ii)        To hold and maintain a library of printed and other works primarily for use of Society members and members of the general public.

(iii)       To preserve and transcribe or publish original source materials including documents and monumental inscriptions.

(iv)       To pursue collaborative actions with similar societies and with established supportive bodies such as churches, libraries, records offices and educational institutions.

(v)        To support the activities of the Federation of Family History Societies in its pursuit of these and similar objectives.

(vi)      To set up constituent groups in appropriate catchment areas.

ADMINISTRATION

(a)        The Society shall be administered by an Executive Committee consisting of not more than thirteen members including the Honorary Officers. The Honorary Officers shall be the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.

President – Ian Andrews, Vice Presidents – June Clist, Brian Galpin

The current members of the Executive Committee are:

Chairman – Chris Crowe, Secretary – Sheila Martin, Treasurer – Richard Yates

Linda Adams, Ann Bush, Chris Chuck, Theresa Dobbs, Cliff Godwin, Sue Redfearn, Sheila Tanner, June Taylor, Debbie Winter, Anna Ward

In addition, the following Officers have been appointed.

Coach Organiser – Vacant

Computer Group Coordinator – Vacant

Database Manager – Graham Searle

Education Officer – Sheila Tanner

Exchange Journals Librarian – June Taylor

Fairs Coordinator – Vacant

Journal Editorial Team – Editor – Angela Parker-Harris, Proof Reader – Roy Stockdill

Liaison Officer – Cliff Godwin

Librarian – Julia Towner

Members’ Interests – Alan Mead

Membership Secretary – Claire Evans

Monumental Inscriptions Coordinator – Theresa Dobbs

Parish Registers Coordinator – Stuart Withers

Programme Secretary – Sue & Pete Redfearn

Publicity Officer – Shirley Robinson

Research Coordinator-Theresa Dobbs

Sales Coordinator – Ann Capon

Strays Coordinator – Lindsey Dedden

Webmaster – Alan Mead

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