The Somerset Archives and Local Studies holds some of the original parish registers which can be consulted at Taunton on microfiche.
The Charltons Historical Society also has microfiche copies of these up to c. 1900
- please contact us if you require a look-up in these for your personal family research or if you would like information from later registers.
WARNING for users of Ancestry and FamilySearch
Please be aware that some of the parish register collections on the new Family Search site are incorrectly indexed and for several years there has been a warning about this:
"Some of the data will display incorrect film numbers, incorrect localities, etc.."
These advise that all parishes on a film have been incorrectly indexed as Charlton Mackrell:
"England Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records) known issue - Indexing project batch I04481-4 is incorrect. The data entry for place names is incorrect for film 1526463 and affects the parishes of Chard, Somersetshire; Charlcombe, Somersetshire; Charlton Adam, Somersetshire; Charlton Horethorne, Somersetshire."
It is also known that a similar problem has occurred for other indexed microfilms and for other Somerset parishes.
Unfortunately the same error has now been perpetuated on Ancestry, so that parish register events shown as taking place at Charlton Mackrell could have been at Charlton Adam (or elsewhere). It is therefore essential to check these against the original microfilm images or another reliable transcribed source.
Amongst the parish records deposited at SRO is an old manuscript book containing indexed copies of baptisms and some other events from the Charlton Mackrell parish registers. It was probably the work of the wife or daughter of the Rector, the Rev W T Parr Brymer, c. 1850 and hence is of value for its earlier knowledge of village families (and old clerical handwriting!)
The first transcribed extract is here: Brymer index "S" surnames
Other transcriptions of some registers are already available online: