South West England Research & Discussion Circle

South West England Research & Discussion Circle (SWERD)

The South West England Research & Discussion Circle is for GSV members who are researching their family history in the south west counties. Covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.


We are working together to advance our research and gain further understanding of our ancestors’ lives in the south west.

Our monthly SWERD meetings include:
• Presentations by members and guest speakers on topics relating to research and the ‘life and times’ in the south west counties.
• Assisting members breakthrough their research brickwalls
• Review of new websites and other resources available to members in the GSV library and State Library Victoria.
• Reviews of articles in the Cornwall, Devon,Dorset and Somerset family history journals.

SWERD members receive an email copy of the monthly meeting notes and copies of, or access to, the meetings’ presentation materials.  They also have access to a listing of SWERD members research interests, to foster sharing of research on same-surnames or same-parish.

Who may join?

The SWERD circle is open only to GSV Members, as part of their annual subscription. There is no additional fee.


The SWERD circle meets monthly from 12.30 pm to 2:00 pm on the second Wednesday of each month, (except January), at the GSV Meeting Room, Level 6, 85 Queen Street, Melbourne. Several meetings during the year are held on the second Friday of the month (same time and place) to accommodate members unable to attend on Wednesdays. Check the GSV Calendar of Events for details.

How to join

Simply come along! We’re a friendly bunch and if you’d like to join, just give your name and email address to the convenor on the day.

More information

Contact the Convenor  email:
GSV Admin phone (03) 9662 4455 or email: