A friendly England genealogy service for Somerset and Bristol origins
Some of the Records I use
Civil Registration of Birth, Marriage and Death.
Census Returns for Great Britain, every 10 years 1841 to 1901.
Parish Registers and Bishops Transcripts of Church baptisms, marriages and burials. Some date back to 1538, though 1600 is more usual.
Marriage Licences and Bonds recording intentions of marriage, usually of richer people.
Wills and Administrations of Goods, often with very important family information, and sometimes Inventories of property.
Parish Records like Minutes of the Vestry and the Overseers of the Poor, Churchwardens Accounts, Rate Books, Paupers' Settlement Certificates, Apprenticeship records, Vagrancy and Bastardy Certificates. From about 1750 to 1850 with information about the lives of some individuals.
Tax Records such as Subsidy Rolls, Muster Rolls, Protestation Oaths, Hearth Tax, Poll Tax, Tithe Maps and Apportionments, and Land Tax Assessments. These can give snapshots of (usually property-owning) people at various points in time from Mediaeval to the 19th Century.
Legal and Criminal Records such as Manor Court Rolls, Gaol Registers, Quarter Sessions, County Assizes, Transportation.