Making Connections : Hands Across the Water – links & contacts.

Our work depends and thrives on people around the world who are in some way connected to our small parcel of land – the Parish of Kingsbury Episcopi, Somerset, UK. We want you to find us, get in contact – and share family histories and stories from those who lived in, or were connected with, the Parish. We would like more photographs, letters, documents, and stories to turn up and through this sharing – record, value and respect those who went before us and paved the way.

In this section you will find a number of contacts which might help you to develop your own researches and interests in your family histories…… and….. your ancestors’ journeys in time and space……. you are part of the continuum.

Tony & Craig Hinder : Australian Hinders searching for Inders of Kingsbury. A short video of their visit to Kingsbury Episcopi, Somerset, England.


Janet Lute

Janet is the Main Researcher for information about the emigrants from Kingsbury Episcopi to the New World in the 19th century. We have tried to provide accurate information, but with a project of this size there are sure to be corrections. Janet can be contacted with questions, or for additional information, by clicking on her name on the link above.

Kingsbury Episcopi Migrants is a source for your researches. It is not a free site but use the link above (Kingsbury Episcopi Migrants) if you already subscribe to Otherwise, if you contact Janet Lute by clicking on her name link above, she can invite you to view the Migrant Tree as a guest user and you will not be charged.
The Tree is called Kingsbury Episcopi Migrants. It opens up as a tree but if you click on an individual, it will display the Facts view and you can move up and down the tree. Or, you can click on Tree Search at the top and type in a name that you are researching. Images can be viewed from the Gallery tab – if there is an image available.


Rootsweb is a free site. It will allow you to access information about individuals from Kingsbury Episcopi who emigrated.

Read/make a note of the instructions below, before you click on the link.

Click on the above Rootsweb link. In the “Tree Id field” on the left hand side, type: 618847. This brings you to Janet Lute’s “home individual”, who is William Baker. This is an example to show you the type of information you can find about individuals on this site. Go to the Index link at the top right of the page and from there you can type your own individual’s details; or browse the A-Z list. Images are not available on this resource.

Note – the website may be slow to open. Please also note that this information on Rootsweb can no longer be updated, due to technical issues to do with its management by Ancestry – so it is now frozen, with the data input up to August 2020but still useful.

Find A Grave: St Martin’s Churchyard in Kingsbury Episcopi

Using graveyards to try to find the names and dates for family ancestors……

Find A Grave is a free site. By clicking on the link above, you will be taken straight to St. Martin’s Churchyard. Type first and last names into the search boxes. There are 2,361 records and they come from the Old Parish Records and from pictures taken of all but the more modern graves. will let you browse for other cemeteries. I suggest using the place name – not the cemetery name – in the search boxes.

Somerset Churchyards and Cemeteries

Somerset Churchyards and Cemeteries is a free site, with good images of the various gravestones in Kingsbury Episcopi, the Lambrooks, etc.

Somerset and Dorset Family History Society

Somerset and Dorset Family History Society are on-line and also have a Family History Centre in Yeovil, Somerset. They hold extensive records and information relating to the counties of both Somerset and Dorset. Their Research Volunteers can provide help and suggestions for those researching family history. They can also provide a paid-for research service provided by volunteer members, who will research on your behalf.- All details of fees and opening hours of the Centre are on their website link above.

Sarah Hawkins Genealogy Site  

Sarah Hawkins’ site is another free and great resource for this area of Somerset, including :1841, 1861, 1871, 1891 census transcriptions; Parish records; and newspaper articles.

Facebook : Kingsbury Episcopi Parish Archiving Group

This Facebook Page belongs to the Kingsbury Time Travellers. It covers all things historical relating to the Parish of Kingsbury Episcopi and makes accessible images, documents and information that come into the KTT digital archive. New posts are added every week. New items that come into the archive can often be found here first.

Documents and photographs sent in to the archive

The links below take you to Family Information Documents and Family Photograph Albums.

Advert about free passage to New Zealand 1839 – found and sent to us by Jan Lovell Riley

Links to some other free websites.

Australia Cemeteries Index
Boardman Moss Family Tree – Parts 8 to 10 on the Bisgrove, Vile and Richards families are most appropriate to this project.
Livingston County, Illinois Genealogy
Maritime Museum of Tasmania
New Zealand Migrant Shipping (1839-1860)
Nelson & Bays GenWeb (New Zealand)
New South Wales Assisted Migrants Shipping Lists
Online Illinois Death Records & Indexes
Papers Past New Zealand – this link points to The Colonist, a Nelson area newspaper from 1857 to 1920
Passenger Listings for Vessels bound for New Zealand
Queensland Assisted Assisted Immigration Passenger Lists
Victoria Passenger Records and Immigration
Western Australia Convicts 1850-1868