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Family History Societies:

secretary@cornwallfhs.com

the family history society devoted solely to Cornwall

 

members@devonfhs.org.uk

the family history society devoted solely to Devon

 

Dorset FHS Logo

contact@dorsetfhs.org.uk

the family history society devoted solely to Dorset

 

 

society@sdfhs.org

the long-established family history society that covers both counties

 

Record offices:

 

cro@cornwall.gov.uk

Cornwall Record Office - home of Cornwall's archives

 

Devon county council logo

 devrec@devon.gov.uk

Devon Record Office - home of Devon's archives

 

dorsetforyou.com home

archives@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Dorset History Centre - home of Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole's archives

 

Somerset County Council Homepage
The Somerset Heritage Centre

archives@somerset.gov.uk

The Somerset Heritage Centre - home of Somerset's archives

 

Online Parish Clerk projects:

a volunteer project to make as many Cornwall records as possible available online

 

DEVON OPC scheme

a volunteer project to make as many Devon records as possible available online

 

a volunteer project to make as many Dorset records as possible available online

 

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a volunteer project to make as many Somerset records as possible available online

as this is still relatively in its infancy, further sites are listed below

West Somerset Parish Register Transcriptions

Ian Sage's Index to some online Somerset Transcriptions

There are also numerous other sites that give information about individual parishes or groups of parishes

 

Free research sites:

Sites hosted by Ancestry under their Roots Web banner

 

Search FreeBMD

Birth, Deaths and Marriagee

Censuses

Parish Registers

and LDS site

   

NOTE - With Familysearch though be wary of contributor submitted entries as these are not always transcriptions but often suppositions with no basis in fact.- hypothetical example: John Smith marries in Beaminster in 1825 so there is 'contributor' record submitted for John Smith born Beaminster ca 1800 whereas John Smith was really 35 when married and born in Broadwindsor, a genuine 1790 baptism transcription already existing.  As with all transcriptions on all sites, no matter what the source, bear in mind that they are only what the transcriber believes they see and are only as good as that individual's interpretation of what can be seen on documents that are sometimes incredibly difficult to read or decipher.  It is always best to check the original documents.  I've lost count of the Hams, Hains, Manns, Slanns and Flanns I've seen indexed or transcribed as Hann and the the times Hann has been transcribed as Haun, Mann, Ham, Harm etc and whilst I can see the reasoning behind getting people who have no idea what something might be to index/transcribe as 'an accurate reflection of what they see' and in no way wish to decry the valuable work they do in making that data accessible to me, I still think you can't beat a person with local knowledge who knows what a name is supposed to be.  They would know it was a very localised but exceedingly common name and index/transcribe it accordingly rather than possibly cobble together an unlikely jumble of letters that is of no use to anybody trying to find the person by surname search anyway.  In the end I suppose it is down to the availability of people (either voluntary or otherwise) who have time and are willing to undertake the work

 

Subscription/pay-per-view research sites with south west UK content:

Corrected

Corrected

The Genealogist - UK census, BMDs and more online

 

Support organisations:

Friends of Devon's Archives Logo

friends_info@foda.org.uk

the independent body that supports the Devon Record Office in its work

 

Dorset Archives Trust logo

Dorset Archives Trust (formerly Friends of Dorset's Archives)

enquiries@dorsetarchivestrust.org

the independent charitable body that supports the Dorset History Centre in its work

and works closely with the Dorchester Museum (managed by the Dorset Natural History and Archaeology Society)

 

brianpam125@btinternet.com

the independent body that supports the Somerset History Centre in its work

New site

 

 

 

BEAMINSTER MUSEUM

BRIDPORT MUSEUM HONITON MUSEUM
 

The Old Congregational Chapel

Whitcombe Road

BEAMINSTER

Dorset  DT8 3NB

+44(0)1308 863 623

 

 

The Coach House

Gundry Lane

BRIDPORT

Dorset  DT6 3RJ

+44(0)1308 458 703

 

Allhallows

High Street

HONITON

Devon  EX14 1PG

+44(0)1404 44 966

webmaster@beaminstermuseum.org

office@bridportmuseum.co.uk

info@honitonmuseum.co.uk
 

preserving the heritage of Beaminster, Bridport, Honiton and their surrounding areas
 

Or, if you want to set up your own website:

 

27.08.2013                                                                                             HANNfamily