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A 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. small parish map

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:

  1. Click on the map for a larger version which shows part of the area and all but three of the parishes, which lie outside the map. Click a parish to select.

  2. Use the table below (which includes additional items not hosted on GenUKI).

Also included are the Upottery, Devon, parish register transcriptions, covering the years 1559 to 1902, which have been made using fiche copies obtained from the Devon Record Office (DRO). Permission has been obtained from the Upottery Parochial Church Council (via the DRO) to publish the transcriptions here.

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.

Angersleigh [Somerset]

Bickenhall [Somerset]

Bishop's Hull [Somerset]

Buckland St Mary [Somerset]

Churchstanton [formerly in Devon, now in Somerset]

Corfe [near Taunton, Somerset]

Curland [near Taunton, Somerset]

Kingston St Mary [near Taunton, Somerset]

Halse [Somerset]

Norton Fitzwarren [near Taunton, Somerset]

Nynehead [just north of Wellington, Somerset]

Oake [just north of Wellington, Somerset]

Orchard Portman [Somerset]

Otterford [south of Taunton, Somerset]

Pitminster [near Taunton, Somerset]

See also Angersleigh which has very many Pitminster references

Spaxton [north of Taunton, Somerset]

Staple Fitzpaine [near Taunton, Somerset]

Stocklinch Ottersey [11 miles SE of Taunton, Somerset]

Stoke St Mary [Somerset]

Stoke sub Hamdon [16 miles SE of Taunton, Somerset]

Taunton [Somerset]

Thurlbear [near Taunton, Somerset]

Thurloxton [Somerset]

Topsham [Devon]

Trull [near Taunton, Somerset]

 

Upottery [Devon]

Wellington [Somerset]

West Buckland [Somerset]

Whitestaunton [Somerset]

 

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link to transcription limitations page 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.

Other Transcriptions

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.

The Somerset County War Memorial

This is a list of men, held in Wells Cathedral, who died in the Great War (1914-1918) while serving in the Somerset Light Infantry. I have an index derived from a 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.

Some Snippets from Upottery, Devon

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.
Transcribed from the Upottery, Devon, parish register

[there is some general background information here]

Indexed Upottery parish register transcriptions 1702-1902

An Extract from the Upottery Churchwardens Accounts

GenUKI site for Upottery

A Terrier of ye Vicarage of ye Parish of Upottery made in ye Year 1745

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