With each record you will obtain a transcript of the details found in the original burial record. The amount of information can vary with each record, but most will include the following facts:
County and country
Archive and reference
Discovering your ancestor’s burial record will give you key genealogical information necessary to continue building your family tree: name, date, and burial place. The burial place will confirm the location of your ancestor’s monumental inscription. Furthermore, many records include the individual’s age, and from this information, Findmypast has determined the birth year. Obtaining both a birth year and burial year gives you an exact time frame to search for additional records related to your ancestor.
The Somerset burial index provides a full index of all the burial records held at the Somerset Archives. Each record reveals the archival reference that will allow you to request the original record from the archive. Copies of original records may cost a minimal fee.
The highest number of burial records is from Bath, with over 64,000 records. The collection also includes burial records from Shepton Mallet, which is the location of England’s oldest prison. There are over 40 records in the collection between 1741 and 1752 where the first name is recorded as ‘a prisoner’. To learn all the parishes represented in this collection, consult the Somerset burial index parish list available in the Useful links and resources section.