Research & Links



My main research tool has been the Ancestry website. Find My Past is increasingly good whilst The Genealogist can throw up some useful information.

In terms of researching the numerous Somerset Purseys – the following have proved invaluable:

Roy Parkhouse’s site – Roy has transcribed the parish registers of a good number of parishes west of Taunton
Paul Bridgmore’s site – Paul has posted some inquests and has newspaper some indexes
Martin Southwood’s site – Martin has transcribed a large number of West Somerset parish registers
And if you can’t find your Pursey forebears in the above then try Ian Sage’s site which lists sources for every Somerset parish!

Specific Pursey Lines

Stuart Batrum’s The Descendants of William Pursey gives details of the descendants of the elusive William Pursey of Shapwick
Winsome Griffin’s site offers information on the descendants of Thomas William Pursey and Sarah Cone
See Ralph Ballard’s site for the most current information on his Stogumber Purs(s)ey line.

Kevin Percy’s ‘Percy Family History’ generously provided a great deal of early information about Purseys in Taunton and surrounding areas. Sadly, this site is no longer online