We are pleased to announce that Barbara Gault has taken on the role of Liaison Officer.
Dorset Family History Society is pleased to announce that we are now Live on Facebook! Please follow the link from the sidebar to check out our page. If you have a Facebook account yourself, please ‘Like’ our page.
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!
Thursday Evening Research
The Treetops Research Centre will be open on Thursday evenings from 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm until the end of October. This is by appointment only, so please contact Treetops by 3pm on the Wednesday.
British Newspaper Archives
From 1st June 2013, Dorset Family History Society will have 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 from 1st June.
Welsh ancestors? – We can also connect you to the National Library of Wales Welsh Newspapers On Line project. (1 million pages so far.)
Bookings are now being taken for a trip from the Bournemouth area to the National Archives at Kew on 26th September. The final day for bookings is the 12th September.
Family History Day
Saturday 15th March 2014 Dorset Family History Society Open Day. The venue has now been confirmed as Parkstone Grammar School, Sopers Lane, Poole BH17 7EP.
1914 was the start of WWI so look out for lots of information about the event and your ancestor's part in it, in this Centenary year Family History Day.