Monumental Inscriptions are transcriptions taken from gravestones, tombs, plaques and war memorials and they provide useful information for family history research. They include inscriptions from Cemeteries, Church interiors, Churchyards and War Memorials in Church of England Parishes as well as from Roman Catholic, Methodist, Wesleyan and non conformist Chapels. Many parishes have a location plan so that individual gravestones can be found on site.
In addition to dates of birth and death, details of family relationships, occupations, employers, war service, public service, overseas records, and place names can often be found. Sometimes a deceased person may return to their place of birth to be buried giving clues for further research.
Records have been compiled by the Society for both Somerset and Dorset, donated by individuals and exchanged with other Societies over many years.
You can download lists of Parishes/Cemeteries transcribed to date in:
* The Dorset list is still ‘work in progress’ and will be updated regularly as more information is added.
The Dorset collection of Monumental Inscriptions held by the Somerset & Dorset Family History Society now covers most of the burial grounds in Dorset with the exception of some of the large Municipal Cemeteries.
Information from gravestones can include dates of birth and death, details of family relationships, occupations, employers, war service, public service, overseas records, place names and much more.
This basic index includes all the names currently (June 2016) entered in our database. The Index gives: Surname, Forename, death date and the parish location of the inscription.
Please be aware that the downloadable PDF file, which is fully searchable, is about 4Mb in size and 1,812 pages long.
If you would like further details of any Monumental Inscription(s) listed, please contact the Society giving the details you have found in the Index.
The Society’s normal research fees apply, see here.
We hope to provide a Monumental Inscriptions name index for Somerset in the near future.
The Society’s volunteers can search the database for you. For details of research charges see here.