The MALE Family Gatherings

Useful Links

Here are some other websites that may be of interest to anyone researching genealogical information in the South Somerset area. Please note however that this website is not responsible for the actual nature of any content found on any external website listed below.

Somerset Archive & Record Service
The Somerset County Records Office in Taunton online. Details of repositories, indexes, census returns, contact etc. Also has a brief history of Somerset.

Somerset and Dorset Family History Society
The SDFHS aims to provide assistance to all those researching their families in the two counties, no matter where they live.

Family Records Centre (FRC)
Run jointly at Myddleton Street, London EC1 by the General Register Office (GRO) and The National Archives (TNA), the FRC gives free access to some of the most important sources for family history research in England and Wales, including birth, marriage and death indexes and census returns.

The National Archive (TNA) - previously the Public Record Office (PRO)
Based in London (at Kew, near Richmond). Responsible for census returns 1841-1901 (including the 1901 census searchable online for a fee).

General Register Office (GRO)
Responsible for all certificates (1837-present) of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales. Keeps public indexes to certificates at St.Catherine's House. Website has information on how to obtain certificates by ordering online. - The Morman Church
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has assisted genealogists for decades by compiling an International Genealogical Index (IGI) of the period 1580-1880. Their various online facilities include the 1881 census searchable online for free.
Britain's most extensive digital historical map archive - Ordnance Survey maps of the 1880s-90s, presented by Landmark. Find out where your ancestors used to live or check out what your neighbourhood looked like over a hundred years ago.
The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Foundation's website includes a search-and-view facility for lists of all passengers arriving at the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. Many of the 22 million immigrants who passed through Ellis Island in the period were from Somerset.

An ongoing registered charity project by teams of dedicated volunteers aiming to transcribe the entire Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales (1837-1983), and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed results (best use: 23.00 to 06.00 GMT). Most - but not all - records for 1837 to 1910 have now been transcribed.

GENUKI - Genealogy of the UK and Ireland
Has a large online collection of genealogical information pages for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. Sections include a useful A-Z directory of all English/Welsh census Registration districts. - [pay per view]
Lets you see faithfully scanned images of the full set of original indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths for England and Wales (1837-2004), enabling you to make informed decisions based upon your own skill, judgement and experience. Also full census records for 1861 and 1891.

British Surname Distribution and Profiles
An Orange Hedgehog website where you can browse through full lists of names by surname, classification or region of origin. Their surname distribution maps (1881 and 1998) are fascinating.

Cassini Maps (formerly Timeline Maps)
Cassini's Historical Map series covers the whole of England and Wales, based on the Ordnance Survey Old Series maps (one inch to a mile) published between 1805 and 1874. The Old Series was the first accurate national survey and recorded a time of momentous transition from an agrarian to an industrialised society. A central feature of the Historical Map series is that the originals have been combined, re-scaled and re-projected to match the modern Ordnance Survey Landranger Series.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Website has histories, news, events etc. plus the Debt of Honour Register - a searchable surname database detailing the place of burial or commemoration for those Commonwealth servicemen and women who died during the two world wars.

UK National Inventory of War Memorials
Registered charity working to compile a record of all war memorials in the UK and to promote their appreciation, use and preservation. Has a large database and is supported by the Imperial War Museum.

Curious Fox
The village by village contact site for anybody researching family history, genealogy and local history in the UK and Ireland. Every UK county, town and village has a page for family history, local history, surname and genealogy enquiries.

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