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Guide to South Petherton, Somerset ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

South Petherton, Somerset
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred South Petherton
County Somerset
Poor Law Union Yeovil
Registration District Yeovil
Records begin
Parish registers: 1574
Bishop's Transcripts: 1606
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Crewkerne
Diocese Bath and Wells
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Taunton
Location of Archive
Somerset Record Office


Parish History

PETHERTON, SOUTH (St. Peter and St. Paul), a market-town and parish, in the union of Yeovil, hundred of South Petherton, W. division of Somerset, 5½ miles (N. by W.) from Crewkerne, and 130 (W. S. W.) from London. containing the tythings of Compton-Durvill, South Harp, and Over Stratton. There are places of worship for Independents, Baptists, and Wesleyans.[1]

Additional information:

South Petherton is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Somerset.Other places in the parish include: Compton Durvill, South Harp, Pitway, and Over Stratton.


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

South Petherton, Somerset Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FREG = FreeREG - free[2]
JOIN = The Joiner Marriage Index - (£)[3]
NBI = National Burial Index (findmypast) - (£)[4]
South Petherton, Somerset Genealogy Online Parish Records


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FREG 1574-1901



Roundwell St Chapel registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

Roundwell Street Chapel Online Records


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FREG 1777-1850

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 474602.

Poor Law Unions

Yeovil Poor Law Union, Somerset

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Somerset Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England, (1848). Date accessed and adapted: 25 September 2013.
  2. 'Somerset Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 13 February 2014.
  3. Somerset Coverage, The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 21 October 2013.
  4. 'Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage', Find My Past, accessed 17 October 2013.


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