Christmas & New Year
The Treetops Research Centre will be closed over the festive period, from Saturday 21st December (i.e. last day of opening Wednesday 18th December) and reopen on Saturday 4th January 2014.
If you are travelling to Dorset and were hoping to use our research facilities during that period, please contact us, during opening hours, by 18th December, as we may be able to make special arrangements for you.
The Committee and Officers wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Family History Day
Saturday 15th March 2014
More details are being added to our dedicated Open Day page, so please check there often.
Bookings are now being taken for a trip to the National Archives on 20th March 2014. See our Coach Trips page for further details and a booking form.
Regrettably, after only a few months of enthusiastic and proactive work as our new Liaison Officer, Barbara Gault has had to resign for personal reasons. This job mainly entails representing the Society by attending various meetings both in Dorset and out of county if convenient. If you are interested in finding out more about this role please contact us (during normal office hours) or by email.
Dorset Family History Society is now Live on Facebook! Follow the link from the sidebar to check out our page. If you have a Facebook account yourself, please ‘Like’ our page to receive updates.
The page will be developed further, however you will find all our contact information, events, trips and courses available, old photos, together with membership details for any non-members who see us on there. So please spread the word!
British Newspaper Archives
Dorset Family History Society now has computer access to the British Newspaper Archives. This wonderful resource, the result of a partnership between The British Newspaper Library and Bright Solid (Parent company of Find My Past), makes scanned images of historical newspapers available to view on line.
Currently (April 2013) nearly 7 million pages are available, from almost 200 newspapers. The papers come from all over England and Scotland; from Aberdeen and Brighton, Hampshire and Hereford, Leeds and London, to mention but a small fraction of the list. Coverage depends on the life of the newspaper but overall it is from 1710 – 1963, with thousands of new pages being scanned and added to the site daily.
Contact us to arrange to visit and access this new record.
Welsh ancestors? – We can also connect you to the National Library of Wales Welsh Newspapers On Line project. (1 million pages so far.)