If you can’t find your ancestors where you expect them to be in Somerset or Dorset, it is worth bearing in mind that they may have moved in or out of neighbouring counties. These are the Family History Societies and Record Offices which border on to our area.
“B” Bond warehouse, Sineaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN 0117 922 4224
College Green, Bristol BS1 5TL 0117 903 7200
Web Site. http://www.jerseyfamilyhistory.org
Email. via “contact us” tab on the website
721 Wells Road, Whitchurch, Bristol BS14 9HU
01275 838826 Appointment only – please telephone.
Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester GL1 3DW
Founded in 1911 the Society of Genealogists (SoG) is Britain’s premier family history society. The Society maintains a genealogical library and education centre in Clerkenwell in London. The collections are particularly valuable for research before the start of civil registration of births marriages and deaths in 1837 but there is plenty for the beginner too, including the Free Family History Access area where beginners can get a taste of some of the online sources that will help them start their research.
Address: 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA
Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 10am – 6pm. Thursday: 10am – 8pm. Closed on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays.
There is a list of one-name societies/studies on The Guild of One-Name Studies website. It lists over 6,000 surnames and variants being researched by members world-wide. Many of these surnames occur in Somerset and Dorset, and there are links to members e-mail and Internet homepage addresses.
Click here for a list of other Family History Societies affiliated to the Federation of Family History Societies.