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Welcome to the Somerset Team Page!

The Somerset Team is part of the Counties Team of the England Project.

Team Leaders: Ian Speed and Todd Gilbert

Somerset Team Members: Brad Cunningham | Alison Davies | Marjorie Gibbon | Todd Gilbert | Jan (Smith) Hellier | Wendy Jones | LK LaPlante |Steph Meredith | Susan O’Callaghan | Cherryl Schmidt | Weldon Smith | Ian Speed | Neil Stewart | Kate (Buckingham) Tabone | Jason Tilley

Somerset Resources: Somerset Research Resources Page

Somerset Statistics: Here's an overview of our Somerset Statistics, showing how the quality of our tree is improving. If you would like to help us in our efforts to make the tree even better, follow Understanding England and County Statistics.

The Somerset Team covers the county of Somerset in South West England. Somerset borders Bristol and Gloucestershire to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east, and Devon to the south-west.

Our team aims to make all Somerset profiles the best they can be. Our goal is to leave a lasting legacy for future generations, and to help current researchers in their quest to learn about their family history, bringing them one step closer to discovering the myriad of people it has taken for them to draw breath.

Team interests
Team member Interests Working on
Cyndee Bayer
Brad Cunningham Juleff, Rainier families Love working on unsourced profiles of Somerset. Starting to learn unconnected profiles.
Alison Davies Seymours, Goulds, Sweets. Somerset Coal Miners Wedmore One Place Study page
Marjorie Gibbon My husband has some Somerset ancestors, Lugg, Potter,Gough, Gerrish, Roberts, Capper, Naish, Price Pottering in graveyards around Bath
Todd Gilbert Stradling in SW Counties, Wales, and everywhere else they pop up; Coysgarne in SW Counties and London Somerset DBE suggestions
Stradling One Name Study
Jan (Smith) Hellier I am researching the Hellier families of Devon, and Scadden families of Dorset who both wandered into Somerset at various times. I lived in Somerset for some years so geographically I know quite a bit about Somerset. I like to work on unsourced profiles, and discover what peoples lives were like.
Wendy Jones Sage & Dando families in High Littleton & Paulton Unsourced profiles in Somerset & some work on Somerset Notables
LK LaPlante Weavers and mill families in Somerset and Wiltshire. Cleaning up suggestions, profiles in own line.
Steph Meredith
Susan O’Callaghan Chant, Tett, and Noye in Somerset and Devon Unsourced profiles are my favorite
Cherryl Schmidt Mitchell, England and Bishop families from Lopen; Bagg and Simmons families from Crewkerne; Mitchell family from Merriott; Rogers from Odcombe; and Lawrence family from Somerset My Somerset Ancestors and Unsourced Somerset Profiles
Weldon Smith

Ilett (1700-1800), Curry Mallet, Kingstone, Ilminster;
Symonds (1670-1790) Ilminster, Dowlish Wake;
Hutchings (1670-1770) Dowlish Wake, Seavington St. Mary;
Milbourne (1630-1710) Dowlish Wake, Dinnington;
Bawler (1700-1830) Curry Mallet;
Hawker (1700) Taunton
Associated Families:
Long (1750) Membury, Devon;
Follet/Follett (1650) Thorncombe, Dorset;
Hallett (1650) Thorncombe, Dorset;
Frye (1600) Thorncombe, Dorset;
Pittman (Wiltshire or Dorset?)
Improve managed profiles and clear suggestion list; provide background information for related South Somerset locales in Spaces; repair unconnected profiles as possible
Ian Speed

Tanner family of Banwell, Seymour of High Littleton, Nation of Wiveliscombe, Milner of Bridgwater, and more Somerset Notables, unconnected profiles & suggestions
Neil Stewart

Kate (Buckingham) Tabone

Priddle, Davies, Stuckey, Hallett, Male Families of South Petherton area Improve managed profiles and clear suggestion list and continue to add more family
Jason Tilley

Tilley of Somerset, Somerset probate records, Yatton, Frome, Seigneurs de Tilly, palaeography sourcing profiles and transcribing wills

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Hi Ian,

Martin Southwood who ran the site passed away in 2018.

Here is the note from his wife Gill. I am working on the Chidgey family at the moment:

"Sadly my husband Martin died in October 2018 - but I know he would be thrilled to see that the research he did over the years is still helping family historians to discover more about their families. I am not really computer literate enough to be able to help you, but did you know that there are still Chidgeys living in Watchet. Maurice Chidgey used to be in the printing department of the local newspaper, the West Somerset Free Press and he has written a book about Watchet, with many old photos. It's title is "Watchet & Williton Revisited" by Maurice & Joyce Chidgey and Ben Norman, printed by Halsgrove (their email according the book is It may be possible to get a second-hand copy from ABE Books, an on-line bookstore in UK. Also printed by Halsgrove is "The Book of Watchet - a Millenium Portrait" compiled by David Banks - again full of old photos."

The page is buried very deep in the Somerset Resources and as this page has birth/baptism, marriage and burial information on well over 20 parishes, could it be linked under each parish? Big job, but I would be willing to help out with that. AND, I hope that it doesn't disappear, like High Littleton did for a while.

I can't determine the server that these pages are uploaded under.

Wendy :)

posted by Wendy Jones
Do we know how many of these records are already on FreeREG and/or FamilySearch?
posted by Andrew Turvey
The new Somerset stats approach looks great with quarterly replacing the prior ever-growing historical data list, Ian!
posted by Todd Gilbert
A big thank you to everyone who helped out during the Spring Clean-a-Thon. We cleared up a massive 457 suggestions for the county of Somerset, and an amazing 18,907 suggestions for the whole of England!
posted by I. Speed
Welcome to the Somerset team Susan!
posted by I. Speed
Thank you I. I am looking forward to working on Somerset. I live in Nova Scotia, but have ancestors from Somerset and Devon. Chant, Tett and Noye/Noy are some of my family names. Some settled in Newfoundland Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. I love working on unsourced profiles. Hope I can be of some help.
Thanks Susan. I also sent you a private message yesterday. Just checking you received it.

Cheers Ian, TL Somerset

posted by I. Speed
I've just updated the weekly stats for Somerset and they're the best I've ever seen. Unsourced down 469, unconnected down 1419 and suggestions down a whopping 1402!!! That's our third week in a row that everything's been in the GREEN. Great effort everyone :) Thanks for all your help.
posted by I. Speed
Welcome to the team Dewey and Jacquelyn!
Welcome to the Somerset team Ian!
Thanks for putting me in this group. I look forward to helping out where I can. What is "discord" that you mentioned??
posted by Brad Cunningham U.E.
Thank you for adding me to this team I shall look forward to contributing beyond my family