Family History Societies -
Somerset to Staffordshire (A)

This section lists county associations from Somerset to Staffordshire, providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Somerset

Bristol and Avon FHS:

Listed under Gloucestershire


Somerset and Dorset FHS:

Address:

The Secretary
PO Box 4502
Sherborne
Dorset
DT9 6YL

E-Mail:

society@sdfhs.org 

Information:

Somerset and Dorset FHS is run by volunteers and helps people who wish to conduct research into their ancestors, especially in Somerset and Dorset.

Some databases of Burial/Cremation records for Somerset and Dorset are accessible on the site, which include:

  • Dorset Burials: Dorset Parish Churches (Abbotsbury to Broadwindsor, East Stoke-Lydlinch) 
  • Somerset Burials: Bath Jewish Cemetery (Combe Down), Castle Cary (Zion Chapel), Highbridge Cemetery, Keynsham (Baptist Chapel), Mid Lambrook (Independent) and Taunton (Baptist Chapel)
  • Weymouth Crematorium: 1939-1997 (Gap from 1942-1962)

You have to be a Society member to access these databases.

Many resources are available at their Family History Centre, located at:

Broadway House
Peter Street
Yeovil
BA20 1PN

This Centre is due to open in January 2018.

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Back Issues of their Journal The Greenwood Tree 1975-2015
  • Burial Indexes
  • Census Indexes
  • Chancellors Farm Accounts 1766-1767
  • Exchequer Depositions by Commission 1565-1610 for Somerset
  • Exchequer Special Commissions of Inquiry 1560-1846 fore Somerset and Dorset
  • Island and Royal Manor of Portland Historic Sources
  • Local History Books
  • Maps
  • Marriage Indexes
  • Militia Lists
  • Parish Register Transcripts
  • Probate Indexes
  • Reference Books
  • Settlements and Removals in Quarter Sessions 1607-1700
  • Seventeenth Century Somerset Freeholders Lists
  • Somerset Freeholds List 1733
  • Somerset War Memorials
  • Subsidy Returns
  • Wills Indexes

On payment of a fee, the Society is prepared to conduct research on your behalf in the records held at their Centre.  You are also able to purchase pedigrees and family trees compiled from other people's research.

Website:
http://www.sdfhs.org


Weston-Super-Mare and District Family History Society:

Address:

The Secretary for WsMFHS
125 Totterdown Road
Weston Super Mare
Somerset
BS23 4LW

Information:

Founded in 1984, the Society was formed by class students and now has over 200 members.

The association aims to promote and encourage interest in genealogy, specifically in the Weston-Super-Mare area.

Some databases are accessible, which incorporate:

  • Axbridge Union Workhouse Admissions 25th July 1880 - 31st October 1881
  • Axbridge Union Workhouse Discharges 29th April 1880 - 20th December 1881
  • Axbridge Workhouse Masters and Matrons
  • Baptisms, Births and Deaths in Axbridge Workhouse
  • Census Returns of Axbridge Union Workhouse
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Parish Register Transcripts
  • Wick St Lawrence School Admission Register 1875-1912
  • Wick St Lawrence School Admission Register Index 1875-1946

These databases are accessible to members of the Society.

Some journal articles can be downloaded from the site.

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Indexes
  • Clevedon Post Office Directory
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Nailsea Village News
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Villages at War

A list of surnames currently being researched by members is also accessible.

Website: 
http://www.wsmfhs.org.uk 




Staffordshire

Audley and District FHS:

Address:

Mrs Christine Huxley
c/o AADFHS
7 Hadrian Way
Chesterton
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Staffordshire
ST5 7QZ

E-Mail:

famhist147@hotmail.co.uk

Information:

The Society was founded in 1986.  It covers the ancient ecclesiastical parish of Audley, which includes Audley Township, Bignall End, Halmer End, Knowle End, Park End, Eardley End and Talke. 

The ancient parishes of Barthomley and Church Lawton in Cheshire and Wolstanton, Keele, Madeley and Betley in Staffordshire help to make up the adjoining area.  

Their aim is to make records available that relate to Audley and its surrounding area. They also hold research meetings every month, which non members are able to attend for a small fee.

Many resources are available at Research Sessions, which include:

  • 1837 Tithe Apportionment
  • Census Returns
  • Electoral Registers
  • Manor Court Documents
  • Maps
  • Middle Madeley Methodist (Madeley)
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Parish Registers
  • Pedigrees
  • Trade Directories
  • Wills List 1650-1700
  • Wood Street Methodist New Connexion Chapel: Baptisms 1877-1950 (Audley)

A database of names recorded in the Staffordshire Advertiser 1840-1926 is accessible on the site, but only surnames beginning with the letter A are available to non-members.  The full index is available in the Members Area.

Some publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Back Issues of Audley Historian
  • Called to Arms 1803-12: Volunteer Infantry Corps for Home Defence
  • Cissie and Bella: A Family's Story 1886-1930
  • Letters of Albert and Edward Riley 1916-18
  • Letters of Lieutenant John Lawton 1915-19
  • Letters of Oswald Tittle 1912-18
  • Local History Books
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Ordnance Survey Maps
  • Parish Register Transcriptions

Website: 
http://www.audleyfhs.co.uk/ 



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