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Somerset Genealogical Resources  
Bridgewatergenepool Local Somerset Researcher with good knowledge of history and high success rate.  Hourly rate 12.00, reductions when packages ordered.
Cyndi's List - Somerset Links to various points of interest to family history researchers.
Familia for Somerset Principal public libraries with family history resources.
GENUKI - Somerset Genuki is the largest collection of research information on the net for UK & Ireland.
IGI Batch Numbers - Somerset Click on the batch number of interest and enter the surname you are searching for to be taken to the relevant search results at familysearch.org
Parloc Parish Locator Dave Bennett's Freeware Parish Locator program called ParLoc enables you to locate any one of over 15,000 UK parishes. It will produce a list of parishes in any County or a list of parishes within a given radius of any other parish and also allows Import and Export via "csv" files. It is possible to plot the location of parishes to either the screen or the printer.
Portbury Hundred This site includes links to North Somerset records which includes hundreds of Somerset names, church records and Parish Chest information.  This home page is updated regularly.
Roy Parkhouse's Genealogy Site The purpose of this site is to help, in a small way, with the problems of researching family history at a distance from the area where your ancestors lived. There is special emphasis on the UK counties of Somerset (SOM) and Devon (DEV).
Somerset Archives A service provided by Somerset County Council
Somerset - Brompton Regis

A website to have been found very helpful on the very west border of Somerset.

Somerset & Dorset Surnames Index This site is provided through the courtesy of Bakery Computing at Ilminster, Somerset.
Somerset & Dorset Family History Society The Family History Society aims to provide assistance to all those researching their families in the two counties, no matter where they live.
Somerset Gazetteer Description of the county of Somerset, taken from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868).  Transcribed by Colin Hinson (2003)
Somerset Genealogy A Somerset County Council site, to assist you in tracing your family history in the Somerset Record Office. Information is provided on Parish Registers, Other Parish Records, Census, Civil Registration, Estate and Manorial Records, Diocesan Records, Bishop's Transcripts, Marriage Licences, Wills, Education and Books.
Somerset History Another Somerset County Council site based on the text of T J Hunt's "Aspects of Somerset History".
Somerset OPC Project An OPC is a volunteer and should not be confused with the civil Parish Clerk appointed by a Parish Council. An Online Parish Clerk (OPC) researches all the available historical data they can find on a parish, and transcribes records. They may also offer a look up service in response to an email or postal request
Somerset Place Names Click on the place of interest, which will open that particular map.
Somerset Look-up Exchange Many of the sources used for these lookups are the result of the dedication and hard work of a family history society. Many Family History Societies produce publications related to their county. You may want to consider purchasing your own copy of relevant resources to aid your research. You may also wish to consider supporting research in this area by joining the society.
Somerset Military Museum The majority of Archive material including photographs relating to the Somerset Light Infantry, Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry (SCLI),the North Somerset Yeomanry and, to a lesser extent, the West Somerset Yeomanry is held by the Somerset Archive and Record Service on long term loan, along with a limited amount of archive material relating to the Somerset Militia.
Somerset Parish Locator - GENUKI A search facility provided by GENUKI   It is a database of the geographic location of churches, registration districts etc., in the UK, with details of their founding and closing dates. This site should not be used as a primary source, since many churches are missing and information about each is still being developed.
Index of Somerset Parish Registers Online This page is part of the Sages of Nailsea family history web site.  Click on the Index of PRs on line button, located on the left of the page.
West Country Genealogy Not only information on Somerset but this site also covers some areas in Devon and Cornwall.
West Somerset Parish Register Transcriptions Parish Register transcriptions.  This site is constantly being updated.

 

UK Genealogical Resources  
Ancestors from England Offering affordable and excellent genealogical research since 1999.  Current rate is $20 (US) per hour.  Official documents requested will incur an additional cost.
Ancestors on Board A database featuring BT27 Outward Passenger Lists for long-distance voyages leaving the British Isles from 1890 to 1960.
Ancestry Aid Free genealogy and family history records.
Archives Hub A single point of access to nearly 20,000 descriptions of archives held in 160 UK institutions, mostly in the higher education sector.
The BMD Register The official non-parochial BDMs service for the UK.
Blacksheep Provides a selection of criminal, police, railway workers and other online indexes.
Britain-A Vision Through Time A vision of Britain between 1801 and 2001. Including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions.
British Data Archive Their aim is to provide access to census records in full, in your own home, on both PC and Mac, at a reasonable cost.
British Genealogy British-Genealogy.com is dedicated to assisting people with their British family history research.
British History on Line British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, we aim to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research.
British Library, The Over 13 million books, 920 journal and newspaper titles.  A good place to start is the Integrated Catalogues.
Current Value of Old Money Changes in the value of money over time.
Cyndi's List A categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.
English Counties & Parishes This site is intended to show how the English local government system originated and how it has changed over the centuries. It also contains some explanation of other units of local government and types of settlement, mainly for the period prior to the reorganization of 1974.
England Passenger and Crew Lists A web site well worth a visit, not only for passenger and crew lists, but visitors can also search for marriages, surnames, census returns and many other useful genealogical resources.
English Villages Topics include : Villages Index,  Village Life,  Folklore & Legend,  Village Talk, Gallery,  Resources, and  Bookshop.  There is also a Members' Interest section.
English Weights & Measures The definitive internet resource for information on Imperial weights and measures. 
Family Records - UK This site, provided by the FamilyRecords.gov.uk consortium, will help you find the government records and other sources you need for your family history research.
Family Search Reported to be the largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world.
Free BDM FreeBMD is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records. It is a part of the FreeUKGEN family, which also includes FreeCEN (Census data) and FreeREG (Parish Registers).
Genes Reunited An excellent site with over 350 million names already registered.
Genealogy Reviews UK Provides family historians and genealogists with information to help them find the software and data they need to research their family history.  New reviews are added monthly.
General Register Office Researchers are able to purchase UK birth, death and marriage certificates online.
GENUKI - UK and Ireland A large collection of genealogical information for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Guild of One-Name Studies The Guild of One-Name Studies is the premier UK-based organization for one-name studies. The Guild welcomes as members anyone who has an interest in the subject. Members who are carrying out a one-name study may register their study with the Guild.
Historical Directories Historical Directories is a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919. It contains high quality reproductions of comparatively rare books, essential tools for research into local and genealogical history.
National Archives Family History - Let family history expert Nick Barratt help you get started with your research. Included in these clips are simple tips on getting key information and building your family tree.
National Trust Surnames This website presents the findings of a project based at University College London (UCL) that is investigating the distribution of surnames in Great Britain, both current and historic. It allows users to search the databases that we have created, and to trace the geography and history of their family names. On each page of the website, you will find a Help link on the top-right corner which We hope will answer any questions you might have.
Old English Occupations A list of some of the occupations that you may find on the English Census during your genealogy research.
Olde English Links Information on topics from abbreviations, clothing, paleography, Latin, etc.
UK BDM Exchange An online resource for anyone researching their UK family history. Here you will find details of nearly 90,000 Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates since 1837 along with details of Church records of Baptisms, Burials and Church Marriages from before 1837. 
UK Public Libraries Shelia and Robert Harden have compiled a guide to UK public libraries on the web.


 

General Genealogical Resources   
About Genealogy Alternatives to Pay-For-Use Genealogy Sites on the Internet.
Canadian Genealogy Centre The Centre includes all physical and online genealogical services of Library and Archives Canada. It offers genealogical content, services, advice, research tools and opportunities to work on joint projects, all in both official languages.
Convict Central Most family historians in Australia regard a convict in their ancestry as enormously desirable. "Convicts to Australia" is intended to guide, inform and entertain those just starting the hunt as well as the more experienced researcher. The site is a 'work in progress' and data is being added regularly. We hope your convict research is made easier by our efforts and above all we hope you have FUN. Although feedback and suggestions are welcome, unfortunately we are unable to answer individual questions and research requests.
FEEFHS The Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) was organized in 1992 as an umbrella organization that promotes family research in eastern and central Europe without any ethnic, religious, or social distinctions. It provides a forum for individuals and organizations focused on a single country or group of people to exchange information and be updated on developments in the field. While it primarily serves the interests of North Americans in tracing their lineages back to a European homeland, it welcomes members from all countries.
Legacy Family Tree A software product for building, customizing, searching and sharing your family history.
National Library of Australia Australian sites containing a variety of information relating to family history and genealogy including guides, indexes and digitized images of documents. Also links to other informative sites both in Australia and overseas and contact with other family historians via indexed family trees, mailing lists and bulletin boards.
Old Maps Historic maps of England, Scotland and Wales can be purchased.
Rampant Scotland Directory Includes an introduction to help those who are about to embark on researching their Scottish family tree via the Net - written by the author of Rampant Scotland.
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) was established in 1999 as a resource for networking among researchers.  RAOGK links researchers who need documents from a distant location with others able to obtain them.
The Workhouse Peter Higginbotham's excellent website "The Workhouse" describes in the introduction the workings of the Poor Law through the Centuries and with the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 how the Parishes across England and Wales were grouped into Poor Law Unions which led to the construction of Workhouses, some large enough to accommodate up to 1,000 inmates. The introduction also describes how admission to the Workhouse meant ultimate degradation to it's inmates.  Includes links to Somerset's Union Workhouses, which were located in Axbridge, Bath, Bedminster, Bridgwater, Chard, Clutton, Dulverton, Frome, Keynsham, Langport, Long Ashton (see Bedminster), Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Williton, Wincanton, Yeovil.
US Gen Web This site serves as the entrance to the massive US GenWeb project, wherein volunteers across the US maintain linked websites about their states and counties. This page contains information about the project and links to state-level GenWeb sites.
Yesterday's Journeys "As in any age, people have had to deal with documentation and Officials whether it be for good or bad. Yesterdays Journey records the names of those people who had dealings with those events and the paperwork involved. The documents that sent them back to their legal settlement or let them stay in a new parish. The warrants for their arrest, or the Indentures that gave them a start in working life and the papers that named the fathers of illegitimate children, or the Wills that folks left. They are all here.  Documents that may identify where they were born, a trade, an employer, their wages, how long they worked with for each person. Where they got married, which regiment they served in, how many children they had, names, ages and other bits of information to help add real history and detail to your ancestors lives. Dealing primarily with Derbyshire it does however cover the whole of the British Isles as people moved around seeking work, travelled as vagrants through the County or were chased throughout the realm as the responsibility of fatherhood and law caught up with them. There are references to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and America, as well as other lands overseas, as some moved further afield.
Yesterdays Journey is on-going and updated on a regular basis."

                                                                                             

 

 


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