Some changes have recently been made to this section of the website. I will still be concentrating on the parishes in the South East corner of Somerset that share there boundaries with the Blackmore Vale parishes in Dorset. These include Cucklington, Penselwood and Wincanton which are in the Navigation panel to the left. In addition this section will cover all the parishes that were at one time part of the Horethorne Hundred except for Holwell which was a detached parish in Dorset, up till 1895, and Rimpton which ceased to be part of Horethorne Hundred in 1735. A map of the hundred can be found here.

Have a look at a modern map and find the A357, which starts just South West of Wincanton (off A303), then runs south through North Cheriton, Horsington, Templecombe, Henstridge, then into Dorset through Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton and onwards south. Keep this road in mind when researching your ancestors as many families moved north & south along this road. Many years of research has indicated that if I cannot find someone in a particular parish then I have had some success checking parishes along this route. If you are researching families in Horsington or Templecombe, also look at Kington Magna and Milborne Port as there was quite a lot of movement around these parishes too as well as between Stalbridge and Henstridge. Similarily if your research is concentrated on North Cheriton, then also look at Holton just to the north. Generally speaking if families did not move to far then they can be found by checking popular roads of the time.

Over the last 10 years the amount of parish records transcribed and offered online has increased dramatically. Other main sources of records for you to check out include those offered by the Somerset OPC Project and FreeReg. Both sites have a huge resource of transcriptions. For general information on research in Somerset have a look at Genuki Somerset and Somerset GenWeb. If you want to obtain copies of the parish registers themselves and other records then visit the Somerset Archives. Two other sources of transcriptions are Family Search and a subscription service, Ancestry UK which also has additional resources such as family trees. For those who are interested in joining a Family History Society, Somerset has a very well established Society which also covers Dorset. (For information on Dorset resources, please visit the Blackmore section of this website.

As always I am happy to accept contributions of records for online use or for offline use only. I am happy to help with any queries if I can, please keep in mind it could take some time before I reply.


Somerset Records
Blackmore Vale

Abbas Combe
Charlton Horethorne
Corton Denham
Marston Magna
Milborne Port
North Cheriton
Sandford Orcas
Temple Combe

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