Somerset Family History

Were your ancestors from Somerset? These family history, genealogy and local history links and resources will help you find them.


Bath Archives
Somerset Archives

Births, Marriages & Deaths

Bath BMD
There are currently over 490,000 births, 188,000 marriages and 347,000 deaths available to search and view for free on Bath BMD (Births, Marriages, Deaths).
Somerset Parish Records

Burials & Cemeteries

Bath Burial Index
The Bath Burial Index is a compilation of information on burials for 50 of Bath’s cemeteries and graveyards past and present.
It currently has over 240,000 entries from 1660 to present. In addition, there are over 30,000 images of surviving memorials.

Census Records

1939 Register
UK Census 1841-1911

Criminals and Convicts

Criminal Ancestor Records
Somerset Quarter Sessions 1625-1639

Electoral Registers

Somerset Electoral Registers 1832-1914


RootsChat Somerset


Visitations of Somerset 1531 & 1573
Visitation of Somerset 1623

Historical Directories

Somerset Historical Directories
Somerset Trade Directory 1874

Local History

Domesday Book Somerset
GENUKI Somerset
History of Taunton
Somerset Historical Essays


Old Somerset Maps

Military Records

British Military Records
Somerset Light Infantry
Somerset Muster Roll 1569
Somerset Roll of Honour

Newspaper Archives

Bath Chronicle Newspaper 1770-1800
British Newspaper Collection 1710-1953
Somerset Newspaper Archives


Legacy UK Obituaries


Lost Pubs of Somerset
Somerset Apprentices 1575-1800
West Country Clockmakers

Parish Records

Somerset Parish Records

Photos and Postcards

Bath in Time

Societies and Groups

Somerset & Dorset FHS
Aims to help anyone with ancestors from either or both counties. Becoming a member is quite easy and cheap. The society maintains a number of records related to the areas. The Society was founded in 1975, and has over 2,700 members registered worldwide. Members also receive a quarterly journal called ‘The Greenwood Tree’. The society’s research centre is in Sherbourne, where a number of records and databases can be accessed.
Weston-super-Mare & District FHS


Somerset Surnames 1881

Wills and Probate

Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.1
Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.2
Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.3
Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.4
Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.5
Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.6
Somerset Medieval Wills 1501-1530
Somerset Will Abstracts 1385-1558