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Family history societies often publish helpful journals, transcripts, compiled genealogies and host helpful websites. They may have ongoing projects to transcribe records and create indexes. Most societies publish queries in their journals and maintain lists of members’ research interests that may be helpful to you. You may want to join one of these societies, reap the benefits of their expertise and resources, or support its efforts.
Addresses of the societies are for the most part where their meetings are held as they are by-and-large not brick-and-mortar institutions.
- The Somerset & Dorset Family History Society aims to provide assistance to all those researching their families in the two counties, no matter where they live.
Association for Portland Archaeology
Website: Association for Portland Archaeology
- This Society is for those who are interested in tracing their family history, whether they are beginners or experts. For people in Dorset or people with Dorset ancestors.
Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society
Website: Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society
East Dorset Antiquarian Society
Website: East Dorset Antiquarian Society
Shaftesbury & District Historical Society
Anna McDowell Garden Room
Gold Hill Museum
Shaftesbury, North Dorset SP7 8JW UK
Telephone: 01747 852157
Website: Shaftesbury & District Historical Society
- Shaftesbury & District Historical Society owns and manages the Gold Hill Museum, Shaftesbury’s local history museum. This houses a collection exploring everything from Roman archaeology to the area’s agricultural and market heritage, local traditions, domestic life, cottage industries and Saxon roots.