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November 2018

Open Weekend at Treetops

November 17 @ 10:00 am - November 18 @ 4:00 pm
Treetops FH Research Centre, 3, Fleets Lane
Poole, Dorset BH15 3AJ United Kingdom
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You are invited to drop in and see what the Society has to offer to anyone wishing to research their Family History.  You will find knowledgeable volunteers who are willing to help you to get started, or to tackle a brick wall if you are already researching.  Once you have had a good look around, been shown examples of the many resources available on our computers, CDs and fiches; had a browse in the Library, studied the wide ranging array…

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December 2018

Computer Group – Xmas Quiz

December 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Treetops FH Research Centre, 3, Fleets Lane
Poole, Dorset BH15 3AJ United Kingdom
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June Taylor won last year’s quiz and plans to provide us with another taxing offering. Can everyone bring along a SMALL contribution to the refreshments. This is a friendly fairly uncompetitive event, so don't worry if you're useless at quizzes - we all are! The big danger is winning!

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“Dad’s Army – Fact and Fiction” – a talk by Steve Roberts

December 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saint John’s Heatherlands Parish Church, Ashley Road
Poole, Dorset BH14 0AA United Kingdom
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Steve takes a look at the real Home Guard, why it was formed and what it did, dispelling some popular myths. He also looks at the TV series, characters, actors, locations and the catchphrases. It is however worth remembering that the Home Guard lost over 1600 members, killed on duty during its lifetime. Two of its members posthumously received the George Cross. An entertaining talk that attempts to set the record straight. Steve lives in Christchurch, originally from Worcester, he…

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January 2019

Computer Group – No meeting

1st January 2019 @ 7:30 pm
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Ian Fleming – The Man Who Made James Bond a talk by Kathy McNally

14th January 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saint John’s Heatherlands Parish Church, Ashley Road
Poole, Dorset BH14 0AA United Kingdom
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Ian Fleming held the rank of Commander in the RNVR, the same rank he would later give to his action hero, James Bond. Commander Fleming’s role in WW2 secret operations were every bit as fantastic as those in his books about the 007 Bond. Kathy reveals some of these, and the man behind Bond. Kathy is a graduate of University of Strathclyde, now based in Bournemouth, and spent much of her professional life in the world of books and publishing,…

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February 2019

D-Day – Studland and Poole’s Involvement a talk by David Warhurst

11th February 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saint John’s Heatherlands Parish Church, Ashley Road
Poole, Dorset BH14 0AA United Kingdom
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Studland was used for the training of the invasion force under “Operation Smash” in 1944, and Poole was the third largest embarkation point for “Operation Overlord”. David shows how Studland was involved in the pre D-Day training and how Poole was used in the build up for the D-Day landings. David is a local historian who has written several books on Poole’s history, including one on the Royal Ordnance Factory, Holton Heath, where he worked as a scientist on cordite…

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March 2019

Blue and White Racers of Poole Speedway a talk by Howard Nichols

11th March 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saint John’s Heatherlands Parish Church, Ashley Road
Poole, Dorset BH14 0AA United Kingdom
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From humble beginnings to now being one of the leading clubs in the world, ‘Poole Pirates’ are one of the less known about successes on our doorstep. With the help of the riders and those behind the scenes, Howard has put together this presentation of this famous club. Howard, himself  a supporter of the Pirates for over 50 years, returns to us from his travels, after last year giving us the story of another local famous success story, though now…

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April 2019

20th Century Family History (some sources for tracing families in the last century) a talk by Janet Few

8th April 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saint John’s Heatherlands Parish Church, Ashley Road
Poole, Dorset BH14 0AA United Kingdom
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We often neglect the 20th Century as being “not really history”, but there is plenty to be discovered about individuals and communities between 1900 and 1945. This era brings difficulties of larger and more mobile populations and closed records. Janet will help with sources to bring these recent ancestors to life. Janet is currently leader of the North Devon Family History Society and Vice President of the Isle of Wight FHS, returning to talk to us. She has been involved…

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May 2019

Quarter Sessions Records a talk by Les Mitchinson

13th May 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saint John’s Heatherlands Parish Church, Ashley Road
Poole, Dorset BH14 0AA United Kingdom
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Quarter Sessions Records are the oldest public records of the historic counties of England and Wales that survive. In some counties they survive from the 15th century, mostly from the 17th century to 1972, when they were replaced by Crown Courts. These records can be found in County Record Offices, the British Library and smaller City and Town Record Offices. They have often been ignored by family and local historians. Les returns after his informative talk on records of the…

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June 2019

Finding Evidence of Migration in Dorset Records(home and overseas) a talk by Jane Ferentzi

10th June 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saint John’s Heatherlands Parish Church, Ashley Road
Poole, Dorset BH14 0AA United Kingdom
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Surprisingly large numbers of people have left Dorset, and Jane helps to find how and where they went and some sources to trace those ancestors. Who were the people that went?  What were the social and economic conditions that were the deciding factors for migration? Why did they go? and Where did they go? Jane may be familiar to some of you from training courses for the Society, and past talks. She is heavily involved with family history and one…

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