Ancestry.com. Catholic History in South West England, 1857 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Original data: Oliver, George. Collections, Illustrating the History of the Catholic Religion in the Counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wilts, and Gloucester. In Two Parts, Historical and Biographical. With Notices of the Dominican, Benedictine, and Franciscan Orders in England. London, England: Charles Dolman, 1857.
This database contains historical and biographical information relating to Catholicism in the southwestern counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wilts, and Gloucester. It provides accounts on the principal Catholic families; it presents the state of religion in the area and provides information on the local missions and a biographical list of the local clergy from the time of the Reformation up to 1856. It also provides some information on the Dominican, Benedictine, and Franciscan orders in England. Researchers with Catholic ancestors from this region of England may find this work to be quite valuable and of great assistance in their genealogical research.