Family History Day
Saturday 15th March 2014
Treetops will be closed on this day.
More details are being added to our dedicated Open Day page, so please check there often.
The theme for the day is the First World War and there will be a display of memorabilia. Can you help?
What did Great Granddad do in the First World War, Dad?
Do you know the answer…………..?
IF YOU DON’T we may be able to help you find out what Great (or Great-great) Grandma and Granddad did, how the “War to end all Wars” changed their lives. Where they lived / served / died. What they had to cope with and how they coped.
IF YOU DO then you may be able to help others to understand what went on.
Do you have any photographs, documents, artefacts from WWI? Would you give us a copy of the photograph, a scan of the document, a photograph of the artefact for our exhibition?
If you have the facilities to do so please send the scan / photograph by email (see Contact Us) with WWI Memorabilia in the subject line. Please also write a brief caption to go with, no more than 50 words please. Example: “Emma Longstocking: Great Aunt Emm photographed in her VAD uniform preparing to board the Hospital Ship Devhana en route to Mesopotamia July 1916. She was 22 at the time. She died out there from a lung infection 6 months later.”
PLEASE DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS, ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS OR ARTEFACTS TO TREETOPS BY POST OR COURIER. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THEIR SAFETY. WE WOULD HATE YOU TO LOSE OR HAVE DAMAGED ANY OF YOUR TREASURED, IRREPLACEABLE MEMORABILIA
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.
We now have vacancies for 3 important roles in the Society.
They are Education Officer, Liaison Officer & Project Coordinator.
If you are interested in finding out more about these roles please Contact us (during normal office hours) or by email.
We are pleased that Linda Adams has offered to take back on the role of Programme Secretary.
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.)