Useful Links

A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 4 South Petherton - now on British History online

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For help with researching family history in Somerset:  http://www.sdfhs.org/

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 For a list of online resources for Somerset genealogy, try Cyndi’s list website: http://www.cyndislist.com/eng-som.htm

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You can do a search for South Petherton entries on        http://www.historicaldirectories.org/hd/index.asp 

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South  Petherton Parish website – includes local photos and a History of South Petherton -    http://www.southpetherton.com/

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South Petherton photographs and old maps:

http://www.francisfrith.com/south-petherton/

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South Petherton Photo Gallery http://www.southpetherton.com/photos/index.html

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A description of South Petherton in 1868 and Information on family history sources:

 http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/SOM/SouthPetherton/index.html

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Holdings for South Petherton  in the Somerset Heritage Centre:   http://somerset-cat.swheritage.org.uk/

 

You can also use their online catalogue to search for documents with your family names (insert name into "Text" box or if you already know the reference number put this in the "Ref No" box).  The Heritage Centre advise that the other fields depend upon manual indexing by place, name and subject and these have not yet been completed.

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Curious Fox - a website of village by village genealogy, family and local history enquiries for Somerset. With nearby village finder, links to old photographs and maps etc:

http://www.curiousfox.com/uk/r.lasso?vid=51231

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Workhouses

 If your ancestors ended up in the Workhouse check out this fascinating website: (From 1834 the nearest Workhouse was at Yeovil.)

http://www.workhouses.org.uk/Yeovil/

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Wills

The Somerset Heritage Centre has many 1858 Wills.   http://somerset-cat.swheritage.org.uk/collections/all

Other Wills can be found at the National Archives website  http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Home/OnlineCollections

 (As at November 2006 there were 159 Wills from South Petherton, including the surnames Anstice, Baker, Colberd, Edmonds, England, Fort, Gawler, Gundry, Hillard, Latty, Lavor, Ostler, Palmer, Prowse, Sampson, Sandys, Stuckey, Thorne, Vile and Westcott)

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Census returns for South Petherton:

All census returns can be viewed various commercial websites such as  http://www.ancestry.co.uk/ (1881 is free), http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/  and www.findmypast.com

Census transcriptions for  1841, 1861, 1871 and 1891 available at  http://www.freecen.org.uk/  -

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Sue Redfearn has  photographed all gravestones at South Petherton - http://www.maryjane-sue.co.uk/southpetherton/southpetherton.htm

For other villages in Somerset - http://www.maryjane-sue.co.uk/

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Website listing Somerset parish register transcriptions available on-line

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The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) - http://www.ffhs.org.uk/  

The FHHS website gives  information on first steps in family history and a comprehensive list of useful websites.

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South Somerset Community Heritage Centre http://www.southsomersetheritage.org.uk/

 

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Updated

11th June 2017