Somerset Records Library
(Previously The Somerset Records Library)
This is housed in the new purpose build Somerset Heritage Centre in Brunel Way, off Silk Mills Lane, Norton Fitzwarren, next to Westcountry Feeds.
The Centre holds microfiche copies of the entire UK census records from 1851-1911, along with microfiche records of Somerset parish registers and other Somerset County files.
The centre is open Monday: 1 pm-5 pm Tuesday-Friday: 9 am- 5 pm and alternate Saturdays - see website. You will need identification of name and address which will gain you a 4 year pass, otherwise a day visitor pass may be provided. The Centre has an excellent series of leaflet guides covering the different records held at the centre and how to search. The guides are accessible on-line by going to Research guides navigation. The guide leaflets can also be downloaded as pdf files.
A visit to the Centre requires pre-planning, as most useful family history records are indexed by parish and not by surname; so make sure you carry out as much research as possible before consulting the records. All information and records held are catalogued on the website. If you require information from records other than those available on microfiche, you will need to make an appointment, giving information about the records you wish to view, as this allows the custodians to retrieve the information from the storage vaults for your visit. Note that the vaults may close up to 1 hour before the closure of the centre.
Laptops may be taken into the records room but bags are not permitted. A free security locker service is provided. Also refreshments can be purchase in the foyer coffee area.