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North Somerset Council

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL:
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): SOM

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Information Services Librarian
Weston Library
The Boulevard
BS23 1PL
Tel: 01934 636638
Fax: 01934 413046
[email protected]

Opening hours:

Monday: 1000-1930
Tuesday: 1000-1930
Wednesday: 1000-1930
Thursday: 1000-1930
Friday: 1000-1930
Saturday: 0900-1700

Other Libraries:

Nailsea Library
Somerset Square
BS19 2EX
Tel: 01275 854583
Fax: 01275 858373
Most of the information in this questionnaire refers to Weston Library. Where information is held at Nailsea Library the abbreviation NA is used

3. Research Service

Service available? Very limited research by staff for enquiries by letter

Fee-based? Yes - first 15 minutes free and thereafter charge is �10.00 per hour plus cost of any copies and postage.

Provided by local Record Office? Somerset Archive and Record Service (fee-based)
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations 1837 - 1901 held

5. Census returns

1841 - 1901 for North Somerset area
1881: national 1881 census index, produced by F.F.H.S., P.R.O. and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, kept for England, Wales and Channel Islands on microfiche and CD-ROM version including Scotland
1841 - 1901 for Nailsea and surrounding area on microfiche at NA. 1881 CD-ROM for England, Scotland, Wales and Channel Islands also kept at NA.

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Kelly's directory for Somerset
1859-1939 (some gaps)

6(b) City and Town Directories

1840-1974 (some gaps)

6(c) Telephone Directories

1977 to present

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

1937 to present for Weston-Super-Mare and immediate surrounding area, i.e. for Weston-Super-Mare Parliamentary constituency. From 2003 edition only the edited version of the Electoral Register is held.

7(b) Poll Books

Not held

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992 for British Isles and some English-speaking countries, e.g. Canada, New Zealand
1988 for rest of world. All kept on microfiche
1988 for World IGI at NA

9. Unpublished Indexes

1841-1881: indexes (both name and place) to census for Weston-Super-Mare and area, compiled by B. Austin
1891: published indexes to North Somerset 1891 census (surname) by Weston-Super-Mare Family History Society
Other unpublished indexes by B. Austin to St Johns Parish registers, petty Sessions, overseers' and churchwardens' payments.
Index to scrap book of local obituaries 1890-1929
Index to Chew Magna parish registers 1526-1812
At NA, indexes to parish registers for Holy Trinity Church in Nailsea, All Saints Church in Wraxall, and St Quiricus and St Julietta, Tickenham. Also indexes available to baptism registers of the Congregational (URC) and Methodist chapels. At NA

10. Parish Registers

Copies on microfiche of parish registers, bishops' transcripts and land taxes for parishes in North Somerset - all obtained from originals held at Somerset Record Office

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Serials kept include:-
Somerset Record Society
Somerset and Dorset Notes and Queries

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

The Wood Collection, bequeathed by Frederick A. Wood, includes a wealth of family history information on Chew Magna and district. F.A. Wood transcribed parish registers and wills in the Chew Magna area and also compiled extensive family trees of certain surnames.
Family Trees of Weston-Super-Mare Families, compiled by B. Austin

14. Guides to Collections

Two leaflets available on local studies and family history collections. No charge

15. Local Record Offices

Somerset Archive and Record Service
Obridge Road
Tel: 01823 337600 (Readers' appointments only); 01823 278805 (enquiries/staff)
Fax: 01823 325402
[email protected]

Other information