Family History Day 2016

Open Day Flyer

Dorset Family History Society again hosted a ‘Family History Day’

As in 2014, we continued to commemorate the centennial of WW1 by remembering the events and our ancestors of the time.

Guest speakers were:-

Historian David Fletcher MBE, who worked at the Tank Museum in Bovington for many years, focussed his talk on the role of the Tank in WW1.

Sarah Paterson spoke about women’s contribution to the war effort, especially at home, something which affected every family in the land.

In addition

David Gynes talked on 'Starting your Family History' - particularly of interest to beginners.

Roy Stockdill gave 2 talks (am & pm) on 'Breaking Down Brick Walls in your Research'.

Attending were Family History Societies from other counties, organisations involved with Family History (Genealogy) and commercial firms selling aids to research and storage materials*. Our Help Desk assisted in your research (all free and friendly), books and DVDs were on sale, and volunteers were available to help with access to Dorset Family History Society’s extensive resources for both Dorset and elsewhere.

For the children there was a picture trail for the 7's & over (find the pictures placed in various points around the hall) and a colouring table for the 6 & unders.

Whether you have researched your family history or have just started out on the trail of your ancestors this was an ideal event to visit. There is easy access within the venue and refreshments were on sale throughout the day.

* Those who attended are listed below: -

Sussex FHS
Family & Community Historical Research Soc
Wiltshire FHS
Rifles museum
Tank museum
Hampshire FHS
W. Surrey FHS
Dorset History Centre
West Middlesex FHS
Shropshire FHS
Anglo-German FHS
Canadian Pacific Mid Hants Railway
Dorset & Hants Memorials
Royal Observer Corps Museum trust
Swords & Spindles, a Living History
Somerset & Dorset FHS
Steve Limburn, WW1 uniforms
Dorothy Gill, Nurses in WW1
Families in British India Society

Amp FH services
Cab Search
My History
This Way Books & Cassini Historical Maps
Longley Publications
MM Publications
Maxball genealogy
Newtown Design Services