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40 Years of the Greenwood Tree on CD

This CD has been produced to mark the 40th anniversary of the Somerset & Dorset Family History Society. It contains a complete set of all the back editions of The Greenwood Tree as text-searchable PDF files, including the 40th anniversary…..


Basic Facts About Using Baptism Records for Family Historians

Baptism records are important they often provide the only written record of an ancestor’s early life.  However, baptism has never been compulsory by law in the British Isles so, although most Christian and Jewish people were baptised at some stage…..


Exchequer Depositions by Commission 1565-1610 for Somerset

This booklet contains extracts from class E134 of Exchequer Depositions by Commission held at the PRO. The business equity side of the Court of Exchequer included disputes over titles of land, manorial rights, tithes, mineral rights, ex-monastic land, debts, wills…..


Basic Facts about Family History Research in Lancashire

(Rita Hirst)  An explanation of where records are likely to be deposited.  Family History research within the county can be complicated as more than one repository may be involved in research into the records of a single parish. Consideration is…..


Eastern Battalion Muster Roll of the East Somerset Regiment of Volunteer Infantry – 1805

This battalion consisted of two companies from Henstridge, one from Horsington and two from Wincanton. Surname and place name indexes are included. 18 pages.  Soft covers.  


Basic Facts about Using Record Offices for Family Historians

(Tom Wood)  This updated edition of the booklet about using record offices includes sections on preparations beforehand, reserving a research place, dos and don?ts, rules and regulations, using your time efficiently, getting help, making notes, and alternatives to County Record…..


Burnham on Sea Roman Catholic Records CD

A CD of transcriptions of the registers of Catholic Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs up to 1919. The confirmation records run from 1915, the baptisms from 1887, burials from 1902 and marriages from 1896.  There are also…..


Basic Facts about Sources for Family History in the Home

(Iain Swinnerton)  Many families possess documents or artefacts which can help to put together names, dates and places for our ancestors. A surprising number of everyday objects around the house can give us vital information about our ancestors, and the…..


Yeovil Branch Line, GWR Book of Reference on CD

Contains the names of the owners, lessees and occupiers of the parcels of land required by the Bristol and Exeter Railway (later part of the Great Western Railway) for the construction of the Yeovil branch line, running from Durston, near…..


Sherborne Pub Walks – No 1: South From The Museum

(Barry Brock)  This series of three booklets covers all Sherborne’s old pubs and breweries that the author is aware of, a few of which still operate as pubs.  Many are now private dwellings. A short history of each of the…..


Basic Facts About Using Wills after 1858 and First Avenue House

(Audrey Collins)  This useful booklet explains the uses of wills and administration to family historians, and gives information on District Probate Registries, indexes held elsewhere, and ordering copies by post. There is also a section on the new search room…..


Basic Facts about the Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll

(Richard Ratcliffe)  The Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll is a unique set of fifty large leather-bound volumes, which are located at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster. This contains the names of over one million people who donated a guinea to the…..


Basic Facts about Heraldry for Family Historians

(Iain Swinnerton)  Heraldry can be very useful to the family historian as it can show marriage alliances, descents and occupations; it has rightly been called the shorthand of history. The booklet sets out to explain the basic principles of heraldry…..


Wilton Gaol Description Register 1841-1843

The description registers for Wilton Gaol (Taunton) contain a wealth of information and form part of a large deposit of records (ref Q/AGw) at the Somerset Heritage Centre. This publication is a compilation of extracts from the register, covering the…..


Sherborne, John Slade of, Maltster and Bankrupt

(Robert Nantes)  In the late 1820s John Slade borrowed heavily in order to set up as a Maltster and Brewer in Sherborne. Within a few years he was bankrupt and subsequently fled Sherborne. 24 pages.  Soft covers.