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West Somerset Council

Tracing Your Family

If you want to trace your family tree the following information will help you,  find out more by looking at books on family history research or use either the online guides; National Archives  www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/familyhistory or GENUKI's guide www.genuki.org.uk/gs.

The Somerset Archives and Local Studies Service collects, stores, and makes available historical documents relating to the county. These records include:

  • Parish and diocesan records for the Diocese of Bath and Wells – including parish registers, church records and tithe maps
  • Non-conformist and Catholic records
  • Estate and manorial records
  • Somerset County Council, district council and other local government records
  • The Somerset Light Infantry regimental archive
  • The Avon and Somerset Constabulary archive and other police records
  • The census
  • Maps
  • Photographs and postcards
  • Oral history recordings
  • the GRO index of births, marriages and deaths
  • books and published works relating to Somerset
  • historic newspapers for Somerset

For detailed information about the Heritage Centre and the archives held there, please see the Somerset Heritage Centre website.