Indexed Parish Register TranscriptionsA keyword search of a transcription, especially if not done by yourself, might miss entries that you would consider relevant. For example, from the Hemyock DEV parish register, COLLENCE might well be COLLINS, TRECKEY could be a version of TRICKEY. There are many more. A better way is to visually scan a list of entries, preferably in alphabetical order. Here you will find a number of Somerset UK parish registers transcribed and mostly sorted into alphabetical order of surnames. These are complete transcriptions for the specified dates (not a limited range of surname extracts!) from a selection of parish register fiche purchased from the Somerset Record and Archive Service who have given permission for these transcribed records to be made available. There are two ways of selecting a parish:
Some of the information is in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format due to the size of the files. If you do not have the means of reading a PDF file, Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free from the Adobe web site.
TIP: Adobe Acrobat's search facility is a very convenient way to check these PDF files for a specific surname.Many of the files are held on the GenUKI website. Please use your browser's back button to return here.
Orchard Portman [Somerset]Otterford [south of Taunton, Somerset] Pitminster [near Taunton, Somerset]
See also Angersleigh which has very many Pitminster references
Do you understand the limitations of these parish register transcriptions?
Also, check out a Free On-line English Handwriting Course 1500-1700 and a useful Latin Primer. Sarah Hawkins' Genealogy Site has Somerset transcriptions and so has Paul Mansfield's web site. Dave Cheek, Denis, and Kathy Pearson have many Somerset parish register transcriptions on P. Benyon's web site.
The North Petherton Website has Mark James' transcriptions of North Petherton Baptisms 1813 to 1837, North Petherton Marriages 1813 to 1837, and North Petherton Burials 1813 to 1837
Taunton St Mary Monumental Inscriptions from 1822 taken from James Savage's History of Taunton, published in 1822.
Don't miss Gordon W. Beavington's CENSUSES OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE & SOUTHERN WARWICKSHIRE Plus BRISTOL & SOMERSET. These are 1851 census transcriptions which can be purchased, at very moderate cost. Some can be browsed on-line.
The 1779 Will of Elizabeth Wills, widow of Topsham Devon UK transcribed by Elizabeth Howard and displayed here with her permission. I have split the text in an attempt to demonstrate my own understanding of it.
Zaehnsdorf-bound, in leather, book which I bought in Bath SOM in 1972. A Zip file (CAUTION: 133Kb) containing this indexed list can be be downloaded.
Now for something entirely different! At a car boot sale, I came across a "[draft] ABSTRACT Of the Title of Mr Richard Mallam and his mortgagees to Freehold property at Sutton Courtney [Courtenay] and Milton in the Coy of Berks" (CAUTION: 139K) which I have transcribed in case the people mentioned are of interest to anyone. It starts with a May 1723 Lease and Release. Some names included are: James and John HATCHASIDE, John CURTIS, Robert WICKS, and Richard ALNUTT.
In the year 1801, riots took place on account of the dearness of provisions. Wheat sold at £1-1s per single Winchester bushel. Potatoes at 12s and 14s per bag - each bag weighing about 120Hweight [120lbs?]. The 4th April it was thought expedient for the general safety that a military force should be kept here, accordingly, a detachment of the 15th Light Dragoons were stationed here for 4 months. The Sargeant was kept in the Vicarage House and by the exertions of the Majistracy, aided by the then Vicar, peace was preserved and the populace kept in good order.
Some genealogy books relating to Somerset and Devon