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Somerset is a county in South West England.  The county town of Somerset is Taunton, which is in the south of the county.  The ceremonial county of Somerset borders Bristol and Gloucestershire to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east, and Devon to the south-west. It is partly bounded to the north and west by the coast of the Bristol Channel and the estuary of the River Severn.  The traditional northern border of the county is the River Avon, but the administrative boundary has crept southwards, with the creation and expansion of the City of Bristol, and latterly the county of Avon and its successor Unitary Authorities in the north.

Somerset is a rural county of rolling hills such as the Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, and large flat expanses of land including the Somerset Levels. There is evidence of human occupation from Neolithic times, and subsequent settlement in the Roman and Saxon periods.  Later, the county played a significant part in the consolidation of power and rise of King Alfred the Great, the English Civil War and the Monmouth Rebellion.


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Map of the county

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    James Abbott, our 9th great-grandfather was born in Somersetshire, about 1665.  He came to the American colonies from Somersetshire, England about 1690.

Our 14th great-grandfather Willus Smithes.  Willus was born in Somersetshire, England about 1470.  The next four generations of our ancestral line also lived in Somersetshire mostly in the village of Wrington. Elizabeth Smithes, daughter of John Smithes and Joan Bickombe.  Elizabeth was born at Wrington in 1595.

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Taunton;  Wrington


LOCATION:   Country: United Kingdom;   State: England;   County: Somerset;  Coordinates/Map: 51.01° N 03.09° W; 

DESCRIPTION:  Taunton is the county town of Somerset, England. The town, including its suburbs, had an estimated population of 61,400 in 2001.  It is the largest town in the shire county of Somerset.


INTERNET WEB LINK(S):   Taunton's official tourism website;   Taunton at the Open Directory Project;

Photos of Taunton


LOCATION:   Country: United Kingdom;   State: England;   County: Somerset;

Coordinates/Map: 51° 21′ 44.05″ N, 2° 45′ 42.86″ W;  51.362236, -2.761907; 

DESCRIPTION:  Wrington is a village and civil parish in North Somerset, England. It lies in the valley of the Congresbury Yeo river about 9 miles (14 km) east of Weston-super-Mare and 3 miles (4.8 km) south-east of Yatton. It is both a civil parish, with a population of 2,896,[1] and an ecclesiastical parish. Both parishes contain the nearby village of Redhill.  The church of All Saints has been the village church since the13th-century.  

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  Smithes see Family History Notes above.

INTERNET WEB LINK(S):  Photos of Wrington;  Local Pictures of Wrington  

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The list below will assist in your research regarding the matching of your ancestor’s birth, marriage, death dates and the place(s) within this locality at which these events may have occurred.

List of places in Somerset

Somerset Places Online

Directory of Cities & Towns in Somerset

Villages in Somerset

Somerset Towns and Parishes

Places and Parishes in Somerset

Churches of Somerset

Grade I listed buildings in Somerset

List of Places in the United Kingdom

List of Towns in England

The Districts of This County

1 South Somerset

2 Taunton Deane (Borough)

3 West Somerset

4 Sedgemoor

5 Mendip

6 Bath and North East Somerset (Unitary)

7 North Somerset (Unitary)

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Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important as their names. The LINK

to the right will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 


Click on this link to find out more about each surname listed below as well as other surnames found within our  three  family  databases. 

This link will also lead you to surname resources at Rootsweb, and information about the world-wide distribution of a surname.

The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases, as having been either born, married or died at this location.  To find out more about each surname listed above click on the corresponding Link.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Abbott; Bickombe; Smythies;

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

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Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located in the area.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral county for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the county courthouse; the county library; and the county historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.


County History

Libraries, Museums

& Archives

Maps and Gazetteers

 County Records


(History & Genealogical)


·         Cemetries in Somerset, England, UK

·         Bath Jewish Burial Ground, Somerset, 1. England, UK


Libaries, Museums, Archives

·                     Archives – Somerset Shire, England


Maps and Gazetteers

·        Maps – Somerset Shire, England

·        Geographical Names – Somerset Shire, England

·         Gazetteers – Somerset Shire, England

County Records

·         Methodist (Dunster Circuit) Baptisms 1803 - 1829     

·         Methodist (Dunster Circuit) Baptisms 1830 - 1850     

·         Frome: Burials at the Quaker Burial Ground 

·         Census

·         Research Guide to Somerset Diocese of Bath and Wells records     

·         Research Guide to Somerset Non-Conformist and Catholic records     

·         Stogumber Baptist Church Records of Births 1800 - 1836     

·         Transcribed parish register for Barrington, Bruton, Fivehead, Isle Abbotts, Kingsbury Episcopi, Pitney, Puckington, Shepton Beauchamp, Swell     

·         Fivehead Inquest Drowning & Obituary: The Langport and Somerton Herald, MALE Edward John 21 Jun 1930 Fivehead     

·         Huntspill War Memorial 

·         Frome Emigrants to Victoria, 1839-1854 

·         Marston Bigot: A survey of landholdings on the Marston Bigot estate, 1683   

·         Researching your Somerset house   

·         Research Guide to Somerset Quarter Sessions records 

·         Directories

·         Commonwealth Marriages 1653-1656, civil marriages in Staple Fitzpaine, Buckland St Mary, Bickenhall and Curland 

·         Fifehead: The Langport Herald 26 Jan 1856, Marriage Mr Henry RICHARDSON of Fifehead to Miss Camilla WHITCOMBE of Foxhound, Fifehead 

·         Research Guide to Somerset Marriage Licences 

·         Frome Old Soldiers: Other ranks born in Frome Hundred and discharged to pension 

·         Research Guide to Somerset Light Infantry collection

·         Parish Records

·         Taxation; Tax Records, Customs, Excise

·         Research Guide to Somerset Local Government records 

·         Alford, Somerset Transcriptions of 1904 Electoral Roll 

·         Frome Electoral Register, 1835-36 

·         North Barrow, Somerset Transcriptions of 1904 Electoral Roll

·         Rimpton, Somerset 1841 Census 

·         West Bradley, Somerset 1904 Electoral Roll 

·         Yarlington, Somerset 1904 Electoral Roll 

·         Wills, Probate, Testate and Intestate Records


·         S&DFHS: Somerset & Dorset Family History Society 




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General Resources

Locality Specific Resources

FREE Records

and Databases

Our Genealogy Reference Library


General Resources

·         UK Geneaology – $

· Message Boards – U.K. and Ireland

·         GENUKI: UK & Ireland Genealogy

·         Ireland & United KingdomGenWeb Project

·         Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

·         Local Government Web Sites

·         Genealogy of the UK

·         UK Genealogy Interests Directory

·         International Genealogical Index (LDS)

·         Cyndi’s List - United Kingdom & Ireland Index

·         A vision of Britain (a library for local history)

·         UK Genealogy Archives of Family History

·         Linkpendium genealogy-uki

·         United Kingdom Genealogy Forum


·         British History Online

Locality Specific Resources

·         UK Genealogy @ – Somerset $

· Message Boards - Somerset

·         GENUKI - Somerset

·         Ireland & UK GenWeb Project - Somerset

·         Wikipedia - Somerset

·         Local Government Web Sites - Somerset

·         Genealogy of the UK - Somerset

·         International Genealogical Index - Somerset

·         Cyndi’s List - Somerset

·         A Vision of Britain - Somerset

·         UK Geneaology Archives - Somerset

·         Linkpendium UKI genealogy - Somerset

· GenForum - Somerset

Free Records & Databases

All of the records and databases we’ve collected are FREE and can be accessed and searched online without having to pay for a subscription.   We have divided our collected into 14 record types as follows: Biographical; Birth; Cemetery; Census & City Directories; Church; Court; Death; Immigration & Naturalization; Land; Marriage; Military; Newspapers; Occupational; and Tax Records.    We try not to list any sites that have only a few records for the purpose of getting you to a website that will charge a fee to actually see the record beyond just a name.  

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Genealogy Reference Library

The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books.   Here you may find books about the history and records of this county and other places such as towns and churches.  The collection also contains research works about military units and personnel during America’s wars, in addition too resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who may have settled in this locality.

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During our research we have collected images and photographs that are of general interest to a variety of localities.  Some of them are presented on this website because we believe they tend to provide the reader with additional information which may aid in the understanding of our ancestors past lives.

Taunton Castle, Taunton, Somerset, England

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