Open weekend at Dorset’s family history research centre

PEOPLE tracing their family history can get some help and advice at a special open day event next month.

On February 17 and 18, the Dorset Family History Society is opening the doors to their research centre, in Fleets Lane, Poole.

The event will give people the chance to see what the society has to offer as they look back through their family tree.

The Open Weekend runs at the Treetops Research Centre, Suite 5 Stanley House, Fleets Lane, Poole, BH15 3AJ, from 10am to 3pm on both days.

“The centre has all the major family history websites, parish register transcriptions for Dorset and miscellaneous information from other counties, monumental inscriptions, an extensive library and a sales area,” a spokesperson said.

“Experienced volunteers are available to give one to one help and guidance to everyone, not only those with Dorset ancestors but from wherever your ancestors came from.

“Both members of the society and non-members are welcome to call in.”

For more information on the society, log on to, call 01202 785623, or email

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