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id="menu-1822-1" class="middle even sf-item-10 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/irl/DUB" title="County Dublin" class="sf-depth-4">Dublin</a></li><li id="menu-1823-1" class="middle odd sf-item-11 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/irl/FER" title="Fermanagh" class="sf-depth-4">Fermanagh</a></li><li id="menu-1824-1" class="middle even sf-item-12 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/irl/GAL" title="Galway" class="sf-depth-4">Galway</a></li><li id="menu-1825-1" class="middle odd sf-item-13 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/irl/KER" title="Kerry" class="sf-depth-4">Kerry</a></li><li id="menu-1826-1" class="middle even sf-item-14 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/irl/KID" title="County Kildare" class="sf-depth-4">Kildare</a></li><li id="menu-1827-1" class="last odd sf-item-15 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/irl/KIK" title="Kilkenny" class="sf-depth-4">Kilkenny</a></li></ul></li><li id="menu-1812-1" class="last even sf-item-2 sf-depth-3 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class="sf-depth-4">Tipperary</a></li><li id="menu-1840-1" class="middle odd sf-item-13 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/irl/TYR" title="Tyrone" class="sf-depth-4">Tyrone</a></li><li id="menu-1841-1" class="middle even sf-item-14 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/irl/WAT" title="County Waterford" class="sf-depth-4">Waterford</a></li><li id="menu-1842-1" class="middle odd sf-item-15 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/irl/WEM" title="County Westmeath" class="sf-depth-4">Westmeath</a></li><li id="menu-1843-1" class="middle even sf-item-16 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/irl/WEX" title="Wexford" class="sf-depth-4">Wexford</a></li><li id="menu-1844-1" class="last odd sf-item-17 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/irl/WIC" class="sf-depth-4">Wicklow</a></li></ul></li></ul></li><li id="menu-683-1" class="middle odd sf-item-3 sf-depth-2 sf-total-children-2 sf-parent-children-2 sf-single-children-0 menuparent"><a href="/big/sct" title="Scotland" 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sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/BAN" title="Banffshire" class="sf-depth-4">Banffshire</a></li><li id="menu-1852-1" class="middle even sf-item-6 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/BEW" title="Berwickshire" class="sf-depth-4">Berwickshire</a></li><li id="menu-1853-1" class="middle odd sf-item-7 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/BUT" title="Bute" class="sf-depth-4">Bute</a></li><li id="menu-1854-1" class="middle even sf-item-8 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/CAI" title="Caithness" class="sf-depth-4">Caithness</a></li><li id="menu-1855-1" class="middle odd sf-item-9 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/CLK" title="Clackmannanshire" class="sf-depth-4">Clackmannanshire</a></li><li id="menu-1856-1" class="middle even sf-item-10 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/DFS" title="Dumfriesshire" class="sf-depth-4">Dumfriesshire</a></li><li id="menu-1857-1" class="middle odd sf-item-11 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/DNB" title="Dunbartonshire" class="sf-depth-4">Dunbartonshire</a></li><li id="menu-1858-1" class="middle even sf-item-12 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/ELN" title="East Lothian" class="sf-depth-4">East Lothian</a></li><li id="menu-1859-1" class="middle odd sf-item-13 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/FIF" title="Fife" class="sf-depth-4">Fife</a></li><li id="menu-1860-1" class="middle even sf-item-14 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/INV" title="Inverness-shire" class="sf-depth-4">Inverness-shire</a></li><li id="menu-1861-1" class="middle odd sf-item-15 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/KCD" title="Kincardineshire" class="sf-depth-4">Kincardineshire</a></li><li id="menu-1862-1" class="middle even sf-item-16 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/KRS" title="Kinross-shire" class="sf-depth-4">Kinross-shire</a></li><li id="menu-1863-1" class="last odd sf-item-17 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/KKD" title="Kirkcudbrightshire" class="sf-depth-4">Kirkcudbrightshire</a></li></ul></li><li id="menu-1846-1" class="last even sf-item-2 sf-depth-3 sf-total-children-16 sf-parent-children-0 sf-single-children-16 menuparent"><a href="/big/sct" title="Lanarkshire - Wigtownshire" class="sf-depth-3 menuparent">Lanarkshire - Wigtownshire</a><ul><li id="menu-1864-1" class="first odd sf-item-1 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/LKS" title="Lanarkshire" class="sf-depth-4">Lanarkshire</a></li><li id="menu-1865-1" class="middle even sf-item-2 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/MLN" title="Midlothian" class="sf-depth-4">Midlothian</a></li><li id="menu-1866-1" class="middle odd sf-item-3 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/MOR" title="Moray" class="sf-depth-4">Moray</a></li><li id="menu-743-1" class="middle even sf-item-4 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/NAI" title="County page for Nairnshire, Scotland." class="sf-depth-4">Nairnshire</a></li><li id="menu-1867-1" class="middle odd sf-item-5 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/OKI" title="Orkney" class="sf-depth-4">Orkney</a></li><li id="menu-1868-1" class="middle even sf-item-6 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/PEE" title="Peeblesshire" class="sf-depth-4">Peeblesshire</a></li><li id="menu-1869-1" class="middle odd sf-item-7 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/PER" title="Perthshire" class="sf-depth-4">Perthshire</a></li><li id="menu-1870-1" class="middle even sf-item-8 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/RFW" title="Renfrewshire" class="sf-depth-4">Renfrewshire</a></li><li id="menu-1871-1" class="middle odd sf-item-9 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/ROC" title="Ross &amp; Cromarty" class="sf-depth-4">Ross &amp; Cromarty</a></li><li id="menu-1872-1" class="middle even sf-item-10 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/ROX" title="Roxburghshire" class="sf-depth-4">Roxburghshire</a></li><li id="menu-1873-1" class="middle odd sf-item-11 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/SEL" title="Selkirkshire" class="sf-depth-4">Selkirkshire</a></li><li id="menu-1874-1" class="middle even sf-item-12 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/SHI" title="Shetland Isles" class="sf-depth-4">Shetland</a></li><li id="menu-1875-1" class="middle odd sf-item-13 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/STI" title="Stirlingshire" class="sf-depth-4">Stirlingshire</a></li><li id="menu-1876-1" class="middle even sf-item-14 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/SUT" title="Sutherland" class="sf-depth-4">Sutherland</a></li><li id="menu-1877-1" class="middle odd sf-item-15 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/WLN" class="sf-depth-4">West Lothian</a></li><li id="menu-1878-1" class="last even sf-item-16 sf-depth-4 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/sct/WIG" title="Wigtownshire" class="sf-depth-4">Wigtownshire</a></li></ul></li></ul></li><li id="menu-1770-1" class="middle even sf-item-4 sf-depth-2 sf-total-children-13 sf-parent-children-0 sf-single-children-13 menuparent"><a href="/big/wal" title="Wales" class="sf-depth-2 menuparent">Wales</a><ul><li id="menu-1879-1" class="first odd sf-item-1 sf-depth-3 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/wal/AGY" title="Anglesey" class="sf-depth-3">Anglesey</a></li><li id="menu-1880-1" class="middle even sf-item-2 sf-depth-3 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/wal/BRE" title="Breconshire" class="sf-depth-3">Breconshire</a></li><li id="menu-1881-1" class="middle odd sf-item-3 sf-depth-3 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/wal/CAE" title="Caernarvonshire" class="sf-depth-3">Caernarvonshire</a></li><li id="menu-1882-1" class="middle even sf-item-4 sf-depth-3 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/wal/CGN" title="Cardiganshire" class="sf-depth-3">Cardiganshire</a></li><li id="menu-1883-1" class="middle odd sf-item-5 sf-depth-3 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/wal/CMN" title="Carmarthenshire" class="sf-depth-3">Carmarthenshire</a></li><li id="menu-1884-1" class="middle even sf-item-6 sf-depth-3 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/wal/DEN" title="Denbighshire" class="sf-depth-3">Denbighshire</a></li><li id="menu-1885-1" class="middle odd sf-item-7 sf-depth-3 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/wal/FLN" title="Flintshire" class="sf-depth-3">Flintshire</a></li><li id="menu-3112-1" class="middle even sf-item-8 sf-depth-3 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/wal/GLA" title="Glamorgan" class="sf-depth-3">Glamorgan</a></li><li id="menu-1886-1" class="middle odd sf-item-9 sf-depth-3 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/wal/MER" title="Merionethshire" class="sf-depth-3">Merionethshire</a></li><li id="menu-1887-1" class="middle even sf-item-10 sf-depth-3 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/wal/MON" title="Monmouthshire" class="sf-depth-3">Monmouthshire</a></li><li id="menu-1888-1" class="middle odd sf-item-11 sf-depth-3 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/wal/MGY" title="Montgomeryshire" class="sf-depth-3">Montgomeryshire</a></li><li id="menu-1889-1" class="middle even sf-item-12 sf-depth-3 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/wal/PEM" title="Pembrokeshire" class="sf-depth-3">Pembrokeshire</a></li><li id="menu-1890-1" class="last odd sf-item-13 sf-depth-3 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/wal/RAD" title="Radnorshire" class="sf-depth-3">Radnorshire</a></li></ul></li><li id="menu-1771-1" class="middle odd sf-item-5 sf-depth-2 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/CHI" class="sf-depth-2">Channel Islands</a></li><li id="menu-1772-1" class="last even sf-item-6 sf-depth-2 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/iom" title="Isle of Man" class="sf-depth-2">Isle of Man</a></li></ul></li><li id="menu-735-1" class="middle even sf-item-2 sf-depth-1 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/Gazetteer" title="Find places by searching the gazetteer" class="sf-depth-1">Gazetteer</a></li><li id="menu-736-1" class="middle odd sf-item-3 sf-depth-1 sf-no-children"><a href="/big/churchdb" title="Search the church database" class="sf-depth-1">Churches</a></li><li id="menu-1664-1" class="last even sf-item-4 sf-depth-1 sf-total-children-3 sf-parent-children-0 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  124. <div class="field field-name-field-quote field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <p><b>Somerset,</b> maritime county in SW. of England, bounded N. and NE. by the Bristol Channel and the estuary of the Severn, and from NE. round to SW. by the counties of Gloucester, Wilts, Dorset, and Devon; greatest length, N. and S., 43 miles; greatest breadth, E. and W., 67 miles; area, 1,049,812 acres, population 469,101. The coast line is generally low and marshy in the E., but lined with lofty slate cliffs in the W. The interior consists of ranges of hills separated by valleys, or by extensive low marshy flats. The principal ranges are the Mendip Hills, the Polden Hills, the Quantock Hills, the Brendon Hills, and Exmoor. The chief rivers are the Avon and the Parret (with its tributaries the Yeo or Ivel, Isle, and Tone), the former forming the boundary on the NE., the latter traversing the centre of the county; the other streams are the Yeo, Ax, and Brue. Both soil and climate are well adapted for agriculture, particularly in the low alluvial tracts; and in the Vale of Taunton heavy crops of the finest wheat are raised. The rich meadows rear large numbers of cattle, and the hilly grounds are pastured with numerous flocks of sheep. In the E. of the county are some small isolated coalfields, the most southerly in England, the quarries which furnish the famous Bath stone, and a large development of magnesian limestone; the W. of the county consists chiefly of slaty rocks, forming the wild moorlands of Exmoor. The chief minerals worked are lead, iron, and slate. The principal manufactures are woollen and worsted goods, gloves, lace, linen, crape, silk, paper, glass, and bath-bricks. There are salmon, herring, and other fisheries in the Bristol Channel. An important chain of internal communication is formed by the Yeo and Parret navigation and the Glastonbury Canal. The county contains 40 hundreds, 2 liberties, 489 parishes with parts of 3 others, the parliamentary and municipal boroughs of Bath (2 members) and Taunton (1 member), and the municipal boroughs of Bridgwater, Chard, Glastonbury, Wells, and Yeovil. It is nearly co-extensive with the diocese of Bath and Wells. For parliamentary purposes it is divided into 7 divisions - viz., Northern, Wells, Frome, Eastern, Southern, Bridgwater, and Western or Wellington - 1 member for each division; the representation was increased from 6 to 7 members in 1885. <i> (Transcribed from Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887. -C.H.) </i></p>
  125. </div></div></div>
  126. </div>
  127. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-archives" >
  128. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Archives">Archives and Libraries</a></h2>
  129. <div class="field field-name-field-archives field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li><a href="https://www.batharchives.co.uk/">Bath Record Office</a> - Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW  
  130. <ul><li>Details of their <a href="https://www.batharchives.co.uk/our-collections">collections</a> -  and <a href="https://www.batharchives.co.uk/online-catalogues">online catalogues</a></li>
  131. <li><a href="https://www.batharchives.co.uk/bath-ancestors">Bath Ancestors Database</a> (Searchable online)</li>
  132. </ul></li>
  133. </ul><ul><li>Libraries in Somerset  - <a href="http://www.somerset.gov.uk/libraries-and-heritage/using-the-library/find-your-library/" target="_blank"> index page </a></li>
  134. </ul><ul><li><a href="https://museumofsomerset.org.uk">The Museum of Somerset</a> - Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Somerset, TA1 4AA</li>
  135. </ul><ul><li><a href="http://www.swheritage.org.uk/somerset-archives">The South West Heritage Trust</a>  - Somerset Heritage Centre, Brunel Way, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, Somerset TA2 6SF. <br />
  136. In its <strong>Somerset Archives and Local Studies section</strong> its Somerset Archive Catalogue lists the following collections of material held there
  137. <ul><li style="margin-bottom:0cm"><strong>Ecclesiastical Records</strong> – Diocesan; Non conformist; Other; Parish; Roman Catholic; Societies or voluntary organisations</li>
  138. <li style="margin-bottom:0cm"><strong>Private Records</strong> – Armed Forces; Business; County Council; District authorities; Education; Landed estate and family; Manorial; Newspapers; Other; Parish; Private family;Probate; Societies or voluntary organisations; Solicitors and land agents</li>
  139. <li style="margin-bottom:0cm"><strong>Public Records</strong> – Armed Forces; Assizes; Coroners; County Council; County Court; District authorities; Education; Government agencies; Hospital and Health Executive; Inland Revenue; Newspapers; Other; Petty Sessions; Probate; Quarter Sessions; Societies or voluntary organisations; Utilities</li>
  140. <li style="margin-bottom:0cm"><strong>Records of Statutory Authorities</strong> – see site for details</li>
  141. </ul></li>
  142. </ul></div></div></div>
  143. </div>
  144. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-bibliography" >
  145. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Bibliography">Bibliography</a></h2>
  146. <div class="field field-name-field-bibliography field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li>The <a href="http://www.sdfhs.org/uploads/images/Somerset%20Books%2016.pdf">Somerset &amp; Dorset Family History Society</a> has a range of Somerset related books for sale, here is a pdf file with details</li>
  147. </ul></div></div></div>
  148. </div>
  149. <div class="panel-pane pane-block pane-genuki-dynamic-content-genuki-cemeteries-list" >
  150. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Cemeteries">Cemeteries</a></h2>
  151. <div class="field-name-field-churches"> <ul><li><strong>Somerset Monumental Inscriptions</strong> on <a href="https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/somerset-monumental-inscriptions">Find My Past</a>."Discover your ancestor across four centuries of monumental inscriptions from Somerset, England. Find where your ancestor is buried, death date and additional family names to add to your own family history." Fee Payable</li>
  152. </ul><ul><li><a href="http://www.gravestonephotos.com/public/area.php?area=Somerset&amp;country=En&amp;scrwidth=800">Gravestone Photographic Resource</a>  - An International Directory of Grave Monuments. Somerset coverage (11/2017) is 155 cemeteries and 20833 graves</li>
  153. </ul><ul><li><a href="http://www.gravematters.org.uk/">Grave Matters</a> - Jill Muir's site on transcribing memorial inscriptions</li>
  154. </ul><p></div>
  155. </div>
  156. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-census" id="Census">
  157. <h2 class="pane-title">Census</h2>
  158. <div class="field field-name-field-census field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li><a href="http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/1939-register/">NHS 1939 Register Service</a> - National Archives site. "The 1939 Register, taken on 29 September 1939, provides a snapshot of the civilian population of England and Wales just after the outbreak of the Second World War. The information was to produce Identity Cards and, once rationing was introduced in January 1940, to facilitate the issuing of ration books. Information in the Register was also used to administer conscription and division of labour, and to monitor and control the movement of the population caused by military mobilisation and mass evacuation."</li>
  159. </ul><ul><li>Carry out initial searches on all censuses 1841-1911  on  <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/">LDS Family Search </a> - using <strong>basic</strong> data supplied by Find My Past (subscription site) and all follow up searches are directed there</li>
  160. </ul></div></div></div>
  161. </div>
  162. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-church-history" >
  163. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="ChurchHistory">Church History</a></h2>
  164. <div class="field field-name-field-church-history field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li><a href="http://images.lambethpalacelibrary.org.uk/luna/servlet">Church Plans Online</a> - the Lambeth Palace Library holds a database of the Incorporated Church Building Society's images of the plans of various churches (use the onsite search facility)</li>
  165. </ul><ul><li><a href="http://db.theclergydatabase.org.uk/jsp/search/index.jsp">The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835</a> - "launched in 1999 and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, makes available and searchable the principal records of clerical careers from over 50 archives in England and Wales with the aim of providing coverage of as many clerical lives as possible from the Reformation to the mid-nineteenth century........."</li>
  166. </ul><ul><li><a href="http://www.findachurch.co.uk/index.html">The UK Church Directory</a> Information on 35,000 Christian churches and chapels</li>
  167. </ul><ul><li>References in the British Library
  168. <ul><li>The parish church towers of Somerset their construction, craftsmanship and chronology 1350-1550 by Peter Poyntz Wright with a foreword by Aehred Watkin. 1981</li>
  169. <li>Some church towers of Somerset, etc. (Prepared by R. P. Brereton.) [The introduction signed: J. Hamlet.]. [Taunton, ca. 1912]. Pages not numbered; illus.</li>
  170. <li>The Church Bells of Somerset, to which is added an olla podrida of bell matters of general interest.. Exeter, 1875.</li>
  171. <li>The Celtic church in Somerset. With a chapter on North Devon. Bath: Morgan Books, 1971. pp. 146. 22 cm.</li>
  172. <li>Traces of the British Church in Somerset. With special notice of some local dedications.. pp. xii. 32. E. Goodman &amp; Son: Taunton, 1910.</li>
  173. </ul></li>
  174. </ul></div></div></div>
  175. </div>
  176. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-church-records" >
  177. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="ChurchRecords">Church Records</a></h2>
  178. <div class="field field-name-field-church-records field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li><a href="http://www.westcountrygenealogy.com/somerset/commonwealth-marriages.htm">Commonwealth Period Marriages - 1653 to 1656</a> provided by West Country Genealogy.</li>
  179. <li>Information of the location of <a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Eengqfhs/Research/counties/somerset.htm">Quaker Records in Somerset</a> provided by the <a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Eengqfhs/">Quaker FHS</a>.</li>
  180. <li>List of the <a href="http://www.sog.org.uk/search-records">Society of Genealogists' holdings of Parish Registers for Somerset</a>.</li>
  181. <li>Mary Blake-Mason has provided transcripts of <a href="http://www.portbury-hundred.co.uk/page2.html">parish registers in Portbury Hundred</a>.</li>
  182. </ul><ul><li>The <a href="http://www.sdfhs.org/sdfhs-projects/">Somerset &amp; Dorset Family History Society</a> has a "number of official Projects which aim to collect, transcribe and make available data which will be of assistance to members and other researchers engaged in studies of family history"
  183. <ul><li>The Society's volunteers can search any of all of these databases,  research charges apply, these projects include;
  184. <ul><li>Indexes to the Parish files held at their Family History Centre:  Somerset</li>
  185. <li>Somerset Baptisms, the first baptism is 1538 and the latest 1996, but the majority cover the period approximately 1700-1812.</li>
  186. <li>Somerset &amp; Dorset Marriages,  pre-1754 and 1754-1837</li>
  187. <li>Somerset &amp; Dorset Burials </li>
  188. <li>Monumental transcriptions</li>
  189. <li>Pedigrees</li>
  190. <li>Wills</li>
  191. <li>The Somerset &amp; Dorset Photographic Project</li>
  192. <li>Strays</li>
  193. </ul></li>
  194. </ul></li>
  195. </ul><ul><li>See <a href="https://ukga.org/england/Somerset/index.html">UK Genealogy Archives</a> for <strong>Phillimore Marriages 1538 - 1837</strong>  "This database contains transcripts of Marriage records extracted from many parish registers, and published by Phillimore &amp; Co. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries under the title: "Phillimore Parish Registers - Marriages series"."  It has Somerset coverage</li>
  196. </ul><ul><li><a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list?page=1&amp;amp;region=UNITED_KINGDOM_IRELAND">Family Search UK/Ireland </a>- Historical Record Collections </li>
  197. <li>IGI Batch Numbers<strong> </strong>- <a href="http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Ehughwallis/IGIBatchNumbers.htm#Page">Hugh Wallis's site</a>  and <a href="http://www.archersoftware.co.uk/igi/index.htm">Archer Software's site</a></li>
  198. </ul></div></div></div>
  199. </div>
  200. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-civil-registration" >
  201. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="CivilReg">Civil Registration</a></h2>
  202. <div class="field field-name-field-civil-registration field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li>List of the <a href="https://www.ukbmd.org.uk/reg/som.html">civil registration districts in Somerset</a> between 1st July 1837 and 31st March 1930. These districts were also used as the basis for compiling the censuses returns of 1851 to 1891.</li>
  203. <li><a href="http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/civreg/RegOffice/RegOffice2">Local Registry Offices in England and Wales</a></li>
  204. </ul><ul><li><a href="http://www.bathbmd.org.uk">Bath and North East Somerset BMD</a> - The database covers Bath and North East Somerset births, marriages and deaths for the years 1837 to 2007</li>
  205. </ul><ul><li>The <a href="https://www.ukbmd.org.uk/">UK BMD</a> web site <b>"</b>provides 2558 links to websites that offer on-line transcriptions of UK births, marriages, deaths and censuses. A wide range of other indexes and transcriptions are also available for most counties, these may include parish records, wills, monumental inscriptions etc. "</li>
  206. <li>Barbara Dixon has produced a very comprehensive <a href="http://home.clara.net/dixons/Certificates/indexbd.htm">description of birth, marriage and death certificates</a> and each field to be found on them.</li>
  207. </ul></div></div></div>
  208. </div>
  209. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-correctional-institutions" >
  210. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Correctional">Correctional Institutions</a></h2>
  211. <div class="field field-name-field-correctional-institutions field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li><b>The Prison Service Museum</b> near Rugby houses HM Prison Service's historical collection of exhibits, illustrating the history of imprisonment from medieval times to the present day. Housed in a converted stable block, the museum contains reconstructions of Victorian prison architecture, and exhibits include the last set of Gibbet Irons used in England. Smaller items include bone carvings and paintings made by prisoners in their cells, and a nineteenth century sampler embroidered by a female prisoner from her own hair. <i>[Information compiled from "The Penal Lexicon Home Page", formerly at www.penlex.org.uk/pages/index.html.])</i>
  212. <p>Admission to the museum is by appointment only, please contact:-</p>
  213. <blockquote>The Curator,<br />
  214. HM Prison Service Museum,<br />
  215. Newbold Revel,<br />
  216. Rugby,<br />
  217. CV23 0TH
  218. <p>Tel: 01788 834168</p>
  219. </blockquote>
  220. </li>
  221. </ul></div></div></div>
  222. </div>
  223. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-description" >
  224. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Description">Description and Travel</a></h2>
  225. <div class="field field-name-field-description field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li><a href="http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/">A Vision of Britain Through Time</a>. "This site contains information about your home area from the 2001 census -- and from every earlier British census back to 1801. It can present this information both as maps of the whole country and as graphs showing change over time in your area. It truly offers a Vision of Britain through time"</li>
  226. </ul></div></div></div>
  227. </div>
  228. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-directories" >
  229. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Directories">Directories</a></h2>
  230. <div class="field field-name-field-directories field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li>Nicholas Adams has made <a href="http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Enmfa/Directories/pigot_directory_of_somerset_c1844/pdosc1844index.html">Pigot's Directory of Somerset (c1844)</a> available online.</li>
  231. <li><a href="http://specialcollections.le.ac.uk/cdm/search/collection/p16445coll4/searchterm/Hampshire!hampshire!somerset/field/all!place!place/mode/exact!exact!exact/conn/and!and!and/order/period/ad/asc">Historical Directories Online</a>. University of Leicester site. Somerset coverage</li>
  232. </ul></div></div></div>
  233. </div>
  234. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-gazetteers" id="gki_gaz_field">
  235. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Gazetteers">Gazetteers</a></h2>
  236. <div class="field field-name-field-gazetteers field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li>The section of <a href="/big/eng/SOM/Gaz1868">The National Gazetteer (1868)</a> relating to Somerset - transcribed by Colin Hinson.</li>
  237. </ul></div></div></div>
  238. </div>
  239. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-genealogy" >
  240. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Genealogy">Genealogy</a></h2>
  241. <div class="field field-name-field-genealogy field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li>John Fuller has provided full details of <a href="/indexes/MailingLists.html#SOM">Genealogy Mailing lists covering Somerset</a>. This is but a small part of the data available on the <a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Ejfuller/internet.html">Genealogy Resources on the Internet</a> pages maintained by John and Chris Gaunt.
  242. <ul><li><a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Ejfuller/gen_mail_country-unk-eng.html">Bristol and Somerset Mailing List</a>: for anyone with an historical or genealogical interest in the city of Bristol or county of Somerset.</li>
  243. <li><a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Ejfuller/gen_mail_country-unk-eng.html">WESSEX-PLUS Mailing List</a>: For anyone who has an interest in genealogy or general and local history related to and incorporating the Counties of Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, and Wiltshire.</li>
  244. <li><a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Ejfuller/gen_mail_country-unk-eng.html#ENG-SOMERSET">ENG-SOMERSET Mailing List</a>: for anyone with a genealogical interest in the county of Somerset.</li>
  245. </ul></li>
  246. <li>There is a further Rootsweb mailing list: <a href="http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/intl/ENG/Bristol_and_Somerset.html">Bristol and District</a> which covers North Somerset as well as Bristol and South Gloucestershire</li>
  247. <li>Researchers may be interested in the <a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Eengsom/">Somerset Genweb</a> pages.</li>
  248. <li><a href="http://uk-surnames.com/Somerset/surnames.php">UK-Surnames</a> site - Somerset section</li>
  249. </ul><ul><li><strong><em>Somerset &amp; Dorset Notes and Queries</em></strong>, 1890-1980 on <a href="https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/somerset-and-dorset-notes-and-queries-1890-1980">Find My Past</a>.  "Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset was first published in 1888 and has continued unbroken publication ever since. The first 30 volumes, covering the period from 1890 until 1980 is available exclusively on Findmypast. A valuable resource of genealogical information, you can find articles on local history, folklore and literature as well as valuable information like family trees, parish register extracts and copies of documents in private hands." Fee payable</li>
  250. </ul><ul><li><a href="https://archive.org/details/somersetpub16someuoft">Somerset Medieval Wills </a> Vol 1 1383 -1500. Published by the Somerset Record Society</li>
  251. <li><a href="https://archive.org/details/somersetmedieva01weavgoog">Somerset Medieval Wills</a> Vol 2 1501 - 1530.  Published by the Somerset Record Society</li>
  252. </ul><p>See also under Church Records above</p>
  253. </div></div></div>
  254. </div>
  255. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-heraldry" >
  256. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Heraldry">Heraldry</a></h2>
  257. <div class="field field-name-field-heraldry field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li>The Harleian Society transcript of the <a href="http://ukga.org/heraldry/">Herald's Visitation of Somerset in the year 1623</a>, courtesy of Nigel Batty-Smith's UK Genealogy Archives site.</li>
  258. </ul></div></div></div>
  259. </div>
  260. <div class="panel-pane pane-block pane-genuki-dynamic-content-genuki-historical-geography" >
  261. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Geography">Historical Geography</a></h2>
  262. <div class="field-name-field-historical-geography"> <ul><li>Here is a <a href="http://www1.somerset.gov.uk/archives/ASH/P14hund.htm">map of Somerset Hundreds</a> as shown in Greenwood's 1821/29 county map.
  263. <ul><li>And here is a listing of the "40 historical <strong>hundreds</strong> in the ceremonial county of Somerset" on <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Hundreds_of_Somerset">wikipedia</a> showing names of parishes contained in each.</li>
  264. </ul></li>
  265. </ul><ul><li><a href="http://archive.historicengland.org.uk">Historic England Archive</a> "Search over 1 million catalogue entries describing photographs, plans and drawings of England's buildings and historic sites, held in the Historic England Archive."
  266. <ul><li>Including photographs dating from the 1850s to the present day</li>
  267. <li>Ranging from architectural details to archaeological landscapes, from country houses to coal mines</li>
  268. </ul></li>
  269. </ul><p></div>
  270. </div>
  271. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-history" >
  272. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="History">History</a></h2>
  273. <div class="field field-name-field-history field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li>References in Bath University Library
  274. <ul><li>The tale of Gordano : a history of the Gordano region of Somerset, by Eve Wigan, 2nd ed., Publ. Chatford House, 1971, ISBN: 095008364X</li>
  275. </ul></li>
  276. </ul><ul><li><strong><em>Somerset &amp; Dorset Notes and Queries</em></strong>, 1890-1980 on <a href="https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/somerset-and-dorset-notes-and-queries-1890-1980">Find My Past</a>.  "Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset was first published in 1888 and has continued unbroken publication ever since. The first 30 volumes, covering the period from 1890 until 1980 is available exclusively on Findmypast. A valuable resource of genealogical information, you can find articles on local history, folklore and literature as well as valuable information like family trees, parish register extracts and copies of documents in private hands." Fee payable</li>
  277. </ul><ul><li><a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/around-a-county-in-40-facts-a-very-brief-history-of-somerset-5334709.html">Around a county in 40 facts; a very brief history of Somerset</a></li>
  278. </ul><ul><li>A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 1 - <a href="http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/som/vol1">British History Online</a></li>
  279. </ul><ul><li><a href="https://www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/counties/somerset">The Victoria History of the Count of Somerset</a>  "The first Somerset volumes of the History were published in 1906 and 1911 and were general volumes. Work on the History was revived in 1967 and volume III, the first topographical volume covering the Ilchester, Langport, and Somerton areas, was published in 1974. Since then eight more volumes have been published covering areas in south, west, and east Somerset, Bridgwater and the Quantocks, the Poldens and Levels, and the area around Glastonbury and Street. ..."</li>
  280. </ul><ul><li>The History of Somerset - <a href="http://www.britannia.com/history/somerset/">Britannia.com</a></li>
  281. </ul><ul><li><a href="https://museumofsomerset.org.uk">The Museum of Somerset</a> - Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Somerset, TA1 4AA</li>
  282. </ul><ul><li><a href="https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/about-us/history-of-the-force/">Avon and Somerset Constabulary</a> - History of the Force</li>
  283. </ul></div></div></div>
  284. </div>
  285. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-land-and-property" >
  286. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Land">Land and Property</a></h2>
  287. <div class="field field-name-field-land-and-property field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li>Pat Johnson has a large collection of original <a href="http://www.familydeeds.org/"> Family Deeds</a>. Abstracts, with name and parish indexes are provided onsite, with transcriptions of the full documents available for a modest fee. In addition, the original deed may also be available for purchase if required.</li>
  288. </ul><ul><li><a href="http://www.domesdaybook.co.uk/somerset.html">The Domesday Book</a> - Somerset section.  "includes Domesday place-names and landowners, and beneath some are links to websites containing the local history of that place."</li>
  289. </ul></div></div></div>
  290. </div>
  291. <div class="panel-pane pane-block pane-genuki-dynamic-content-genuki-maplinks" >
  292. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Maps">Maps</a></h2>
  293. <div class="field-name-field-maps"> <ul><li>Individual <a href="/big/eng/SOM/parishes">parish pages</a> contain a selection of maps relating to their area</li>
  294. </ul><ul><li>See <a href="https://ukga.org/england/Somerset/index.html">UK Genealogy Archives</a> for old county maps
  295. <ul><li>Somerset c1895</li>
  296. <li>Somerset c1848</li>
  297. </ul></li>
  298. </ul><ul><li><a href="http://www.kypwest.org.uk">Know Your Place Project</a> – West of England   " the digital mapping project that is putting your neighbourhood’s heritage on the map"</li>
  299. </ul><p></div>
  300. </div>
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  302. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="MerchantMarine">Merchant Marine</a></h2>
  303. <div class="field field-name-field-merchant-marine field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li>An index to persons on board <a href="http://www.angelfire.com/de/BobSanders/Somerset81.html">Ships in Port in Somerset 1881</a> by Bob Sanders.</li>
  304. <li>
  305. <p>Bob Sanders' listing of <a href="http://www.angelfire.com/de/BobSanders/WRECKS.html">Bristol Channel Shipping accidents</a></p>
  306. </li>
  307. </ul><ul><li><a href="http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/Lighthouses">Lighthouse Personnel in England and Wales and the Channel Islands 1841-1910.</a> Includes;- Table of  Keepers; Table of Stations by county; Location map of the lighthouse sites.</li>
  308. </ul><ul><li><a href="http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/GLA/ShippingLists">Shipping Lists</a>. A selection of items compiled by Steve Keates from various sources during his study of 18/19th century coastal shipping links between South Wales ports and the English counties of Devon and Somerset.</li>
  309. </ul></div></div></div>
  310. </div>
  311. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-military-history" >
  312. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="MilitaryHistory">Military History</a></h2>
  313. <div class="field field-name-field-military-history field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li><a href="http://www.somersetremembers.com/research.ashx">Somerset Remembers </a>  "The Somerset Remembers Community Archive is a place to share your stories and research on the First World War in Somerset."</li>
  314. <li><a href="http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Somerset/index.html">Roll of Honour</a> - Somerset</li>
  315. </ul></div></div></div>
  316. </div>
  317. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-military-records" >
  318. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="MilitaryRecords">Military Records</a></h2>
  319. <div class="field field-name-field-military-records field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <p>Roy Parkhouse has provided a list of 10,987 <a href="/files/eng/SOM/Memorial.zip">names of the fallen</a> in the 1914-18 War. It was derived ( by scanning) from a leather-bound book called the Somerset County War Memorial. It was published by E. Goodman and Son, The Phoenix Press, Taunton, 1923. It has no author. The bulk of the book is taken up with the Roll of Honour which is an index to the Memorial Book held, I understand, in Wells Cathedral. About 8000 of the names are of men who were Somerset born. The remaining (approximately 3000) men were not Somerset born.<br />
  320. From the first page, it is:</p>
  321. <ul><li>Report of administration of Fund</li>
  322. <li>Order of dedication service</li>
  323. <li>List of subscribers</li>
  324. <li>Roll of Honour</li>
  325. </ul></div></div></div>
  326. </div>
  327. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-names-personal" >
  328. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="NamesPersonal">Names, Personal</a></h2>
  329. <div class="field field-name-field-names-personal field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li>Some <a href="/files/eng/SOM/SKINNER.NAM.txt">names</a> (22k) taken from the Journal of a Somerset Rector 1803/34 by John Skinner, mainly from his own parish of Camerton (nr Bath) and places around. There are also a few <a href="/files/eng/SOM/SKINNER.TXT">extracts</a> from the book. The book is published by Kingsmead, ISBN 0 901571 57 1.</li>
  330. </ul></div></div></div>
  331. </div>
  332. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-newspapers" >
  333. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Newspapers">Newspapers</a></h2>
  334. <div class="field field-name-field-newspapers field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li>Paul Mansfield has compiled <a href="http://www.paulhyb.homecall.co.uk/index2.htm">surname indexes from <i>The Bridgwater Advertiser</i>, The <i>Sherborne and Yeovil Mercury</i> and the <i>Taunton Courier</i></a>.</li>
  335. <li><a href="http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/libraries-and-archives/archives/georgian-newspaper-project">The Bath Chronical Georgian Newspaper Project database</a> contains information from the Bath Chronicle for the years 1770-1800</li>
  336. <li>Richard Heaton provides some <a href="http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Edutillieul/index.html">Transcripts of Somerset Newspapers plus references to others</a></li>
  337. <li><a href="http://bookhistory.blogspot.co.uk/2007/01/luminary-introduction.html">Newspaper readership in south west England in 1815</a> - with a listing of nearly 1700 subscribers to Flindell's Western Luminary in 1815.</li>
  338. <li>Somerset Archives &amp; Local Studies has microfilm copies of a range of <a href="http://www1.somerset.gov.uk/archives/Newspapers.htm">local newspapers</a> listed here</li>
  339. <li><a href="http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/englanda-k.htm">English Newspapers Online</a></li>
  340. </ul><ul><li><strong>Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser</strong> viewable on the <a href="https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/search">British Newspaper Archive</a> site (use search box) -  period 1800-1999.   <br />
  341. Quote - "In partnership with The British Library, we’re home to the largest online collection of British and Irish historical newspapers." <br />
  342. Searching the site is free, but to view the newspapers, you have to pay a <strong>fee</strong></li>
  343. </ul></div></div></div>
  344. </div>
  345. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-occupations" >
  346. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Occupations">Occupations</a></h2>
  347. <div class="field field-name-field-occupations field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li><b>Coalmining</b> Somerset Coalmining Life - A miner's memories, by Fred Flower, Millstream Books, 1990, 141pp, ISBN 0948975237</li>
  348. </ul><ul><li><strong>Parish Apprentices For Somerset</strong> on <a href="https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/parish-apprentices-for-somerset">Find My Past</a> "These records include names of people from Somerset who were apprenticed to a master, usually a member of a London livery company, within the period 1575-1800." Fee payable</li>
  349. </ul></div></div></div>
  350. </div>
  351. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-periodicals" >
  352. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Periodicals">Periodicals</a></h2>
  353. <div class="field field-name-field-periodicals field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li><em>The Greenwood Tree</em> is the journal of the <a href="http://www.sdfhs.org/journal/">Somerset &amp; Dorset FHS</a> and is published four times a year</li>
  354. </ul></div></div></div>
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  357. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Politics">Politics and Government</a></h2>
  358. <div class="field field-name-field-politics-and-government field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li><a href="http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1386-1421/constituencies/somerset">The History of Parliament</a> - Somerset</li>
  359. </ul></div></div></div>
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  362. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Probate">Probate Records</a></h2>
  363. <div class="field field-name-field-probate-records field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li>Printed indexes of Somerset Probate Inventories and of Somerset Estate Duty Office Wills and Letters of Administration (1805-1811 and 1812-1857) are available from <a href="/big/eng/SOM/address#BookPublishers">Harry Galloway Publishing</a>.</li>
  364. </ul><ul><li>See under Genealogy for Wills</li>
  365. </ul></div></div></div>
  366. </div>
  367. <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-schools" >
  368. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Schools">Schools</a></h2>
  369. <div class="field field-name-field-schools field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li>A brief history of <a href="http://www.know-britain.com/general/education_in_england_1.html">Education in England</a> (3 parts)</li>
  370. </ul></div></div></div>
  371. </div>
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  373. <h2 class="pane-title"><a id="Social">Social life and Customs</a></h2>
  374. <div class="field field-name-field-social-life-and-customs field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li><a href="http://www.history.ac.uk/cmh/gaz/gazweb2.html">Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England &amp; Wales to 1516</a> - navigate to Somerset section</li>
  375. </ul><ul><li><a href="http://www.somersetremembers.com/research.ashx">Somerset Remembers </a>  "The Somerset Remembers Community Archive is a place to share your stories and research on the First World War in Somerset."</li>
  376. </ul><ul><li><strong><em>Somerset &amp; Dorset Notes and Queries</em></strong>, 1890-1980 on <a href="https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/somerset-and-dorset-notes-and-queries-1890-1980">Find My Past</a>.  "Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset was first published in 1888 and has continued unbroken publication ever since. The first 30 volumes, covering the period from 1890 until 1980 is available exclusively on Findmypast. A valuable resource of genealogical information, you can find articles on local history, folklore and literature as well as valuable information like family trees, parish register extracts and copies of documents in private hands." Fee payable</li>
  377. </ul><ul><li>Somerset County Cricket Club - <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerset_County_Cricket_Club">wikipedia</a></li>
  378. </ul></div></div></div>
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  382. <div class="field field-name-field-societies field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li><a href="/Societies/England">Bristol &amp; Avon FHS</a></li>
  383. <li><a href="/Societies/England">Somerset &amp; Dorset FHS</a></li>
  384. <li><a href="/Societies/England">Weston super Mare FHS</a></li>
  385. <li><a href="http://www.friendsofsomersetarchives.org.uk/index.html">Friends of Somerset Archives</a></li>
  386. <li><a href="http://www.sanhs.org/index.htm">Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society</a> " ... formed to promote the study of archaeology, natural history, local history and historic buildings with particular reference to the historic County of Somerset and is an important point of contact for anyone with an interest in understanding and protecting the heritage of Somerset."</li>
  387. </ul></div></div></div>
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  391. <div class="field field-name-field-taxation field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li>The <a href="http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/e179/">E 179 Database</a> (on the National Archives website) contains detailed information about over 26,000 documents relating to the taxation of lay people in England and Wales between c.1200 and c.1700. These documents are likely to contain many names.</li>
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  396. <div class="field field-name-field-voting-registers field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <ul><li><strong>Somerset Electoral Registers</strong>, 1832-1914 on<a href="https://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/somerset-electoral-registers-1832-1914"> Find My Past</a> "The Somerset Electoral Registers can provide you with unique information about where your ancestors lived. Find out if they rented or owned their homes and businesses and trace changes of address year by year. You can even find clues to the nature of their business and how prosperous they were." Fee payable</li>
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