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Post-COVID 19 Society Meetings Ballot
published by Paul Tracey on Sun, 25/07/2021 - 20:19

Your Committee is looking ahead to when we will resume holding physical Members’ Meetings. We have had a good response from members who live outside our local area/abroad to us holding Zoom meetings and feel it would be unfair to stop having these once we are able to resume physical meetings again.

Consequently, we would like to canvass your opinion on how the Society should move forward.

Please complete the attached ballot form and return to our Chair, Jenny Towey, as stated at the bottom of the form.

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Upcoming talks
published by Brian Airey on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 13:54
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Archives reopening
published by Brian Airey on Wed, 22/07/2020 - 14:44

Thanks to Somerset and Dorset FHS

Archives reopening

The National Archives at Kew

The National Archives reopened on Tuesday 21 July, offering a limited service to visitors who must book their visit and order their documents in advance. Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10:00am - 2.50pm. Only the first floor document reading room is open with other facilities still closed including the map and large document reading room, the reference library, exhibition spaces, shop, and cafés. Full details The National Archives will continue to provide free access to some digital records for the time being


The Somerset Heritage Centre in Taunton will reopen to the public on Tuesday 4 August. Access will be by appointment only and further information about booking will be available on Tuesday 28 July. The Centre asks prospective visitors not to contact them before 28 July as they will not be able to process bookings until then. Full details.

The Dorset History Centre in Dorchester reopened to the public on a limited basis on Tuesday 7 July, with access to original documents only; there is no access to microfilms or computers. Opening hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10.00am-4.20pm. The Centre remains closed all other days of the week. Advance appointments are necessary, email. Further information.

Local Libraries

As local libraries start to reopen, the home access that they have been offering to Ancestry and/or FindMyPast will gradually end. Libraries West (which covers public libraries in Somerset, Dorset, Bath, Bristol and South Gloucestershire) has been giving Library members free access to Ancestry (worldwide records) during the lockdown and, at present, this is scheduled to end on 31 August, but do keep an eye on 
their website as the date may change.

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Future Society Meetings
published by Paul Tracey on Sat, 21/03/2020 - 11:31

Please note that future Society Meetings have been cancelled until September 2020 when it is hoped that they can restart subject to the current virus requirements.

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Free Help Sessions
published by Pat Hase on Fri, 13/03/2020 - 12:54

We regret that the Free Help Sessions at Weston Library on Saturdays will be cancelled until further notice.  The one-to-one nature of these sessions coupled with the average age of the volunteers and people attending make this advisable. 

If you have any questions about your research you can still reach us through the Research Forum, the Facebook Group or by an enquiry using the contact form on this site using the category "Research Queries". 

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Society Meeting 24th March 2020
published by Paul Tracey on Wed, 11/03/2020 - 20:47


Due to the situation regarding the current coronavirus and its predicted rate of spread, the Committee has decided to CANCEL this meeting.

Please would members inform other members in case they haven't seen the notice....and, as subsequent meetings may also be cancelled, to keep an eye out for future announcements.

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