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Paid family research - Recommedations
published by gricharduk on Tue, 08/06/2021 - 16:38

Hello all,

I have a colleague in Australia (born in Templecombe) who is looking to use a paid family history researcher. Most of the research would involve looking at documents in the Somerset Heritage Centre, Taunton. They have researchers there but their hourly rates are fairly high. Does anyone have any recommendations on researchers in this area?

I would be interested (I would probably do it for the petrol money) but my job often gets in the way of doing something much more interesting instead!

Thanks in advance for any advice,


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Milton Road Cemetery
published by Derrick Norton on Fri, 21/05/2021 - 16:55

Please would you remind me how to access the 20 minute video of the history of the cemetery - the one produced by the Town Council. Many thanks, Derrick Norton

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KOPP in Yatton
published by Pat Hase on Thu, 20/05/2021 - 17:42

I have had a query about finding an address in Yatton of someone with the surname KOPP who was living there in the 1950s but had moved to Clevedon by 1960.  It is thought they lived in a bungalow and may have attended an RC Church.  The husband was a piano tuner.  Any suggestions of how to find this address would be welcome.

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published by Graham Payne on Mon, 10/05/2021 - 9:48

We have been contacted by Tim Bickerdike asking for help in providing details/memories/photos about the men who served with the North Somerset Yeomanry during WW1.

The men were mostly from Bath, South Bristol, WsM and Shepton Mallet areas.

Details will be included in a roll of honour and book he is writing about them.

If you can help Tim please contact him via email at yorkshiredragoons@yahoo.co.uk

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Harriet Emily PARSLEY
published by Pat Hase on Sat, 10/04/2021 - 11:54

Hugh Camplin PARSLEY married Emily ESCOTT in Christon in 1838 and they had two children christened in Christon in 1839 and 1841 before his death in November 1841, aged only 25.  Emily married again in 1845 in Weston to John KIRKBRIDE and had another family.  But I can't find what happened to her PARSLEY children until Harriet Emily PARSLEY, her daughter married in 1866 in Compton Bishop with the marriage witnessed by John & Emily KIRKBRIDE.   Can anyone find them?  

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Edwin LONG R.A. 1829-1891
published by Pat Hase on Wed, 24/03/2021 - 14:19

As a child I was intrigued by my Grandfather's story that there was a connection with Edwin LONG R. A. and one of my aims when starting to research my LONG ancestors was to prove (or disprove!) this. 40 years on I'm still trying!

I can trace my own LONG ancestors back to a Robert LONG and Hester PRIGG who married in Bitton, Gloucestershire in 1767.  They had two sons christened in Oldland, Bitton in 1767 and 1769 and then my direct ancestor, Samuel who was christened the day before he was married in 1803, aged 25, the son of Robert & Hester.  This suggests a birth date for Samuel of 1777 or 78.  (He was the subject of an earlier Research Query)

I can trace Edwin's LONG ancestors back to a James LONG who was born in about 1773 (not in Somerset - from the 1841 census when he was living in Weston, Bath).  Could James have been another son of Robert & Hester?  James called a daughter Hester - is that a clue or a red herring?  James was a non conformist  with two of his children being christened in the Penn Street Calvanistic Tabernacle in Bristol and he was closely connected with the Argyle Chapel in Bath and Edwin LONG, his grandson was christened there.

Why is there a gap in the children of Robert & Hester LONG between 1769 and 1778?  I know the tax on christenings 1783-1794 might have caused some omissions but that doesn't cover the missing dates.  I would like to find the parents of James even if it disproves Grandfather's story. 

This is a painting which I was taken to see (many times!) in Bristol Museum as a child - I thought it was called Moses in the Bulrushes but it is actually The Pharaoh's Daughter by Edwin LONG.  The picture still belongs to the Bristol  Museum & Art Gallery.

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