A sizable list of local and family history links

Here are some links to local sites that cover some of the local history of other Bath and nearby villages and family history in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire.

If you know of any other local or family history orientated sites for Bath and its villages, or nearby towns and villages, that should be added to this list, then please let me know.

Local History  
Combe Down Heritage Society – celebrating and preserving Combe Down’s heritage. CDHS aims to foster an interest in Combe Down’s past, record and interpret its history and keep an archive of all heritage information, make the heritage accessible to residents and visitors and to communicate its work widely, involve young people and support and encourage all sources of education. Combe Down Heritage Society Facebook page
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Museum of Bath Stone – discover the stories of Combe Down Stone, the material from which the Georgian City of Bath was built and Ralph Allen, the man behind the enterprise. Both are brought to life in the Museum of Bath Stone, a dedicated, vibrant community hub and information centre on the site where it all began.
Screenshot of www.museumofbathstone.org
Combe Down Facebook pages:
Prior to Now
Combe Down
Prior Park
Prior Park Landscape Garden
Friends of Bath Jewish Burial Ground
Combe Down Tunnel
Tucking Mill
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The more interesting aspects of Widcombe’s history compiled by members of the Widcombe & Lyncombe Local History Society with help from the archivists at Bath Record Office and Library, and from books about the area and other sources.
Screenshot of www.widcombeassociation.org.uk
Larkhall History Society. A recently formed society (2008), that meets monthly, to find out more about the place we live in. Larkhall is on the outskirts of Bath, yet despite being just two miles from the centre of Bath, it still has a village feel and lots of history.
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Hinton Charterhouse Village website – Local History. Much of the village history ties in with the former Carthusian Priory dating from 1232. The priory was founded in 1232 by Ela, Countess of Salisbury, who also founded Lacock Abbey.
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Keynsham & Saltford Local History Society. The Society was formed in 1965 as a non-profit making voluntary organisation concerned with researching and recording the history of the Keynsham and Saltford area. Since 1965 the Society has amassed a large archive of photographs, documents, maps and transcripts from primary sources and newspaper articles.
Screenshot of www.keysalthist.org.uk
Timsbury community website. Timsbury has a long and varied history dating from occupation in the Bronze Age. These pages will help you to find out more about Timsbury’s history, use sources such as the census, directories and maps to carry out your own research, and locate further information and sources on-line or in libraries and record offices.
Screenshot of www.timsbury.org.uk
Bitton Parish History Group. One of our main aims is to preserve and make accessible our rich local history. We are please to have your contributions to the site on articles about Bitton, North Common, Oldland Common, Swineford, Upton Cheyney, Beach and Willsbridge.
Screenshot of www.bittonhistory.org.uk
Brislington Conservation and History Society. The Society holds regular meetings in local venues, holds exhibitions, and assists with enquiries about Brislington and family connections. Members receive a regular newsletter. Talks on Brislington and its history are given to interested groups, illustrated with photographs from our extensive collection and we are also happy to support other bodies with associated interests.
Screenshot of brislingtonhistory.org.uk
SDFHS, Somerset and Dorset family history society. The Somerset & Dorset Family History Society was founded in 1975 and helps people to research their family history, especially those with ancestors in the two counties. The Society’s Family History Centre is in Sherborne, Dorset and includes an excellent local and family history library.
Screenshot of www.sdfhs.org
Federation of Family History Societies. The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is an educational charity supporting, informing and advising its membership, which consists of family history societies and similar bodies across the world.
Screenshot of www.ffhs.org.uk
British Association for Local History. Local history enriches our lives both as individuals and as whole communities. It is an area where amateur and professional can meet and work profitably together. We need your support in promoting this important educational cause. The more members we have, the more effectively we can represent the interest of local historians. The British Association for Local History is the national charity which promotes local history and serves local historians.
Screenshot of www.balh.org.uk
The Community Archives and Heritage Group. The Community Archives and Heritage Group supports and promotes community archives in the UK and Ireland. We run conferences, give awards and provide advice and guidance.
Screenshot of www.communityarchives.org.uk

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