Archive Information



Friends of Somerset Archives (new window)


The website for the Friends of Somerset Archives, including news, events and an index of named individuals in the Somerset Light Infantry photographs.



The National Archives (new window)


The national archives of central government. Enormous website, with resources for topics including family, local, military history.



English local government record office websites (new window)


A guide to the County Record Offices in England with links to their websites.



Somerset Timeline (new window)


A site about the culture and heritage of Somerset, especially the themes of the Monmouth Rebellion and Glastonbury.



Genuki (new window)


A guide to archive services from the family history point of view.



Marriage Records (new window)


A guide to researching marriage records in the United Kingdom.



Links to worldwide archival institutions (new window)

  UNESCO archive portal. 



Birth, marriage and death certificates (DirectGov) (new window)



Somerset and Dorset Family History Society (new window)


For information about local family history.

  Sanford and related families website (new window)
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  Researching Local History online (new window)
  A guide to national research by John West. 



Online archive catalogues



National Archives online catalogue (new window)



A2A online catalogue (new window)


Online catalogues covering archives of many local government record offices including Somerset.



Archives Hub (new window)


Online catalogues of archives in higher educational establishments




  LibrariesWest Consortium (new window)


Online library catalogues for Somerset, North Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bristol Council areas



The British Library (new window)



Victoria County History




Somerset Victoria County History (new window)



The Exmoor Project (new window)

The Somerset VCH is involved in a national project to involve communities in finding out more about the history of Exmoor.



Public Libraries (new window)




Digital Libraries


UK digital texts (new window)


British History Online (new window)

A digital digital library including complete texts of many VCH volumes, Commons and Lords Journals and many other printed historical reference materials



Somerset Tourism Information


Visit Somerset (new window)