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 Somerset and Dorset Family History Society


‘20 Years on’
The West Country Revisited
Migration special
Saturday 9 June
9.30 – 5.00
Loders Village Hall,

Twenty years after the Lyme Regis seminar ‘Dorset and the New World’ in June 1998, the West Dorset Group are holding a study day to celebrate the anniversary. Some 250 people attended the day at Lyme Regis making it one of the biggest migration seminars ever undertaken by a family history society in England. We hope that this meeting will awaken a new interest in West Country Migration.

Since then so much has happened. The Internet was in its infancy and one could only dream of what is now available to search for migrants all over the world.

Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard & Celia Martin will Chair the day. Diana Trenchard, Maureen Stollery & Colin Dean will be on hand to share their experiences.

Guest speakers include: Janet Few and Lucille Campey – Surprise guests on the day!

As well as the invited speakers, there will be short sessions on aspects of West Country Migration, presentations from members on Migration from the West Country to other parts of the UK and overseas.

Plenty of time for discussion, exchange of ideas and research strategies.

Exhibitions, written accounts of research. Book sales – both Janet and Lucille will have copies of their books for sale – and Society books.

What is the future of West Country migration research? Is there a way of co-ordinating the research that is being carried out in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset?

Members £5.00, visitors £8.00

Pre-registration essential – see

Tea & coffee provided. Bring lunch.
Plenty of parking, all on the flat.

For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email:


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