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New records available from SWHeritage
published by Jenny Towey on Tue, 05/12/2023 - 9:28

Those good people at SWHeritage have finished transcribing the following records:

Settlement & Bastardy records (46,217 names)

Apprenticeship records (20, 297 names)

Deposition Books (7,234 names, from Bath/Wells diocese) eg statements on moral offences, matrimonial offences, defamation, property damage

Go to: somerset-cat.swheritage.org.uk/indexes/settlement



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Land Tax Returns
published by Brian & Pam Airey on Fri, 11/08/2023 - 9:55

Somerset Heritage Centre has a project transcribing Land Tax records, which is digitising and transcribing their collections of annual tax returns from 1766-1832. They are a wonderfully name-rich source, and can help with family and property history as they list owners, occupiers and names of properties for each year. Although the project has been running for several years the Centre is needing help in transcribing the Winterstoke  hundred which covers Weston, Axbridge, Cheddar and surrounding parishes. The digitised images will be made available through their public access computers in the search room, along with a PDF of the transcription. The resulting index of all names and places will be available worldwide through their online catalogue. Volunteers will register with the Trust and be given full training. You can work from  home. Sets of images will be sent out via We Transfer, along with a template, handwriting guide, sample of completed work etc. Volunteers should be familiar with Excel or Office 365. Support and advice will be available during office hours. If you wish to get involved contact Kate Parr through https://swheritage.org.uk/about-us/volunteering/ 

Ensure you say you wish to undertake Land Tax returns so that Kate can deal.

Brian Airey

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1921 Census
published by Pat Hase on Thu, 25/08/2022 - 19:21

FindmyPast have a 50% reduction for the 1921 census until midnight on Monday 29th August https://www.findmypast.co.uk/1921-census

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Workshop on death records
published by Peter de Dulin on Sat, 30/07/2022 - 19:10

Just to let you know, the video of the  workshop is now on our website for you to enjoy.

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Lostcousins Newsletter
published by Pat Hase on Sun, 10/04/2022 - 13:00

The latest Lostcousins Newsletter, which is always an excellent and helpful read, mentions our society this month under the heading "Brick Wall Busting" . Don't overlook the opening item either which offers free use of its site until April 23rd.

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Free Ancestry for Easter Weekend
published by Pat Hase on Fri, 02/04/2021 - 23:33
If the weather gets cooler over Easter perhaps you can raise the temperature with a free weekend on Ancestry with access to their records. Ancestry says -
" *Free access ends 5 Apr 2021 at 11:59 p.m. To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address. We will then send you a username and password to access the records. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry.co.uk paid membership."
If you need additional help try posting your query to the Research Forum!
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