2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources|
Information Services Librarian
Tel: 01934 636638
Fax: 01934 413046
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
Very limited research by staff for enquiries by letter
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.
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(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
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 Unpublished Indexes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Other unpublished indexes by B. Austin to St Johns Parish registers, petty Sessions, overseers' and churchwardens' payments.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
Tel: 01823 337600 (Readers' appointments only); 01823 278805 (enquiries/staff)
Fax: 01823 325402