Family History Day

Dorset Family History Society celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a well attended Family History Day at Parkstone Grammar School on Saturday 24th March 2018. The event, which was free, attracted almost 500 members of the public who were given a cake iced with the Society logo. 62 new members signed up on the day.

Other Family History Societies, organisations and commercial companies, all interested in helping researchers, filled the school foyer and halls. There was free research advice by Dorset Family History Society volunteers and access to genealogy websites and their own database.

The guest speaker Nick Barratt, known for his family history expertise and former work with the BBC, gave two interesting and well received talks in the school lecture theatre.

Anyone who missed this event but would like to learn more about tracing their family history, or would like to access the computer websites and get advice from experienced and friendly volunteers, can visit DFHS’s research centre at Stanley House, Fleets Lane, Poole, BH15 3AJ (not far from the Fleetsbridge roundabout). Opening hours and more general details are available here  and everyone is welcome, not just those with Dorset ancestors.

See you in 2020

Exhibitors who attended:

  • Barrie Pictures
  • Cab Search
  • Christchurch History Society
  • Family & Community Historical Research Society
  • Families in British India Society
  • Hampshire FHS
  • Home Guard Display
  • Longley Publications
  • Maxball Genealogy
  • Milton Abbas Local History Group
  • My History
  • Poole Flag Trust
  • Romany & Traveller FHS
  • The Society For Poole
  • Somerset & Dorset FHS
  • Sussex FH Group
  • This Way Books
  • Unknown Soldier
  • West Surrey FHS
  • Wiltshire FHS
  • Wyvern Railway Ancestry Research