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February 2021

Members’ Evening

February 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Zoom, Your Computer + Google Map

This is an opportunity for a chat about the Society and general Family History Topics.  I don't mind taking complaints and suggestions about the way DFHS is currently operating, or may operate in the future. If the chat is loosely connected to your computer use, that will be good. If you want to bring a coffee, we can call it a Coffee Evening.

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BRIDGING THE GAP – tracing forwards from the 1911 Census – JACKIE DEPELLE an on line talk using “zoom”

February 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
On-Line Virtual Meeting

One of the most exciting recent releases of source material for Family Historians has been the 1939 Register, not only for the information it provides but also its ability to provide links to runs of earlier records. Whilst we wait for the 1921 Census, there are other documents that can be used to provide details of our ancestors' lives across the time period. This talk reviews several of them, identifying chronological timelines. Many are obvious, some perhaps unexpected as a…

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March 2021

Saving Tomorrow’s History: Digital Archives at Dorset History Centre. A Pre Recorded Talk by Cassandra Pickavance, Digital Preservation Archivist at Dorset History Centre

March 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Zoom, Your Computer + Google Map

Cassandra will be covering how Dorset History Centre acquire and manage digital collections including digitisation, access to digital archives, digital preservation and tips for looking after your own digital records. So any questions across those sorts of areas. As it is a pre recorded talk we cannot hold a question time, but Cassandra is prepared to answer questions submitted in advance. If you have a suitable question, this must be submitted to Richard on liaison@dorset***.org.uk before 10th February.

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March 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
On-Line Virtual Meeting

"MURDER, RESEARCH and FAMILY HISTORY" Paul will present a number of historical murder investigations from the early part of the twentieth century. He will demonstrate how stories can be unravelled using primary source material found in local record offices, national records held by the National Archives in London, as well as using traditional family history sources. Paul Stickler is a retired detective turned criminologist and historian, and explores some of the detail behind some of the most fascinating cases in…

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April 2021

SEARCHING FOR DORA – LES MITCHINSON an on line talk using Zoom

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
On-Line Virtual Meeting

Les shows how searching for Dora was the type of puzzle we all experience in our family tree. He explains how falsehoods threw him off the scent and how he finally found Dora after more red herrings than a murder mystery! Les returns to us once more with another intriguing and informative talk using his extensive knowledge. Les, after a naval career, became a professionally qualified genealogist, a course Tutor with the IHGS and has been appointed their Director of…

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May 2021

MISSING MARRIAGES – SIMON WILLS – an on line talk using Zoom

May 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
On-Line Virtual Meeting

Simon returns to us to hopefully help with one of the frustrating things in genealogy, not being able to find an ancestor's marriage. What can you do if  there seems to be no Parish or civil record of a wedding? Simon Wills is a history journalist and genealogist and author of ten books. Many of you may have seen him on the November tv programme of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring Liz Carr (Silent Witness) He is an…

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June 2021


June 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
On-Line Virtual Meeting

"Searching for Irish Ancestors"  - This talk will look at current and historical maps of Ireland. Since the early 17th century there have been four Provinces of Ireland: Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster. The Irish word for this territorial division, cúige, means 'fifth part' and indicates that there were once five; however, in the medieval period there were more. There are thirty two counties in Ireland (twenty six in the Republic of Ireland and six in Northern Ireland). Many people,…

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July 2021


July 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
On-Line Virtual Meeting

"FINDING TREASURE IN NEWSPAPERS" An insight into the wealth of information that is available within newspapers, including the British Newspaper Archive and The Gazette, as well as hints and tips for getting more out of searching and finding useful articles within the newspapers. Mia )Amelia) has been researching her family history for over 25 years, and been a Trustee of the Society of Genealogists for over 5, and is also an Associate of AGRA. She has carried out DNA analysis…

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August 2021


August 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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September 2021


September 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St George’s Church – Large Hall, Darby's Lane, Oakdale
Poole, Dorset BH15 3EU United Kingdom
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"POSTED IN THE PAST" Following on from her book of the same name, Helen uses genealogical skills to reveal the true stories behind post cards sent in the early years of the 20th century, and shares these tales with an illustrated talk. A 10 year old servant living in Bath, a soldier who died in the First World War, and even a man who helped prepare Lord Kitchener's last meal are all connected through postcards. Helen is a freelance writer…

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