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We 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.

In April 2013 there were nearly 7 million pages 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.)