Research Guides

Somerset Archives and Local Studies provide a number of Research Guides covering the collections. These guides will help you to pursue your research and cover a wide range of subjects. They will also help you to plan your visit.

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Online Resources and Indexes


Over seven million historical records containing centuries of details of Somerset residents published online

AncestryExplore Ancestry

Know Your Place

Explore Somerset through old maps, archive images and linked information

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Manorial Documents Register

Access this comprehensive list of all the manors in Somerset

Manorial Documents RegisterView the Register

Somerset Remembers

Search the names of thousands of Somerset people who served in the First World War

Somerset RemembersVisit Somerset Remembers

Exmoor Oral History Archive

Oral history giving a unique insight into life on the moor during the 20th century

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Somerset Voices Oral History Archive

Explore this unique collection of over 500 recordings of twentieth century Somerset life

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Heritage of the Ile

Explore this unique collection of over 4,000 images of life in and around Ilminster

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