Dorset Family History Society was formed in the summer of 1987, but the formal inauguration meeting did not take place until the following January. The Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies.
According to the Constitution,
The objects of the Society shall be:
(a) To promote and encourage the public study of family history, genealogy, heraldry and local history with particular reference to the County of Dorset.
(b) To promote the preservation, security and accessibility of archival material.
In furtherance of the above objects but not further or otherwise the Society shall have the following powers:
(i) To hold lectures and discussions and organise research visits for Society members and interested members of the general public.
(ii) To hold and maintain a library of printed and other works primarily for use of Society members and members of the general public.
(iii) To preserve and transcribe or publish original source materials including documents and monumental inscriptions.
(iv) To pursue collaborative actions with similar societies and with established supportive bodies such as churches, libraries, records offices and educational institutions.
(v) To support the activities of the Federation of Family History Societies in its pursuit of these and similar objectives.
(vi) To set up constituent groups in appropriate catchment areas.
(a) The Society shall be administered by an Executive Committee consisting of not more than thirteen members including the Honorary Officers. The Honorary Officers shall be the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
President – Ian Andrews, Vice Presidents – June Clist, Brian Galpin
The current members of the Executive Committee are:
Chairman – David Gynes, Secretary – Sheila Martin, Treasurer – Richard Yates
Linda Adams, Ann Bush, Chris Chuck, Cherry Fisher, Sue Redfearn, Shirley Robinson, Sheila Tanner, June Taylor, Debbie Winter, Anna Ward
In addition, the following Officers have been appointed.
Coach Organiser – Cherry Fisher
Computer Group Coordinator – Richard Yates
Database Manager – Graham Searle
Education Officer – Sheila Tanner
Exchange Journals Librarian – June Taylor
Fairs Coordinator – Vacant
Journal Editorial Team – Editor – Angela Parker-Harris, Proof Reader – Roy Stockdill
Liaison Officer – Vacant
Librarian – Julia Towner
Members’ Interests – Alan Mead
Membership Secretary – Claire Evans
Monumental Inscriptions Coordinator – Theresa Dobbs
Parish Registers Coordinator – Stuart Withers
Programme Secretary – Sue & Pete Redfearn
Publicity Officer – Shirley Robinson
Research Coordinator-Theresa Dobbs
Sales Coordinator – Ann Capon
Strays Coordinator – Lindsey Dedden
Webmaster – Alan Mead
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