Dorset Family History

This local history section of the Family History website has been created to assist Family History researchers investigating Dorset genealogy and tracing lost ancestors and relatives that were living in Dorset, England, UK. You will find many Dorset Family History resources in this part of our website:

Dorset Family History Society – A large and very active Family History Society that maintains a Family History research facility called Treetops Centre in Poole, Dorset for members and the general public. For a very small fee anyone can visit and use the internet facilities and microfiche records. You’ll be able to search out the major Family History sites and Newspaper Archives and also look at local microfiche Dorset Parish Records. There is a library and tea and coffee for a small charge.  Check on the website link for opening times. The society also offers research assistance for a very modest fee to members and non members.  Members receive a discount on the research fee.

Dorset History Centre – For archives from the county including council records and personal information – for Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole (with local studies library).

Here are some useful specific Dorset county search pages from the FindMyPast website

Dorset Baptisms

Dorset Burials

Dorset Marriages

Dorset Memorial Inscriptions

Dorset Newspaper Archives

Local Newspaper Archives and Historical Newspapers can provide invaluable information for Family History Researchers and are a great resource. Information can often be found that is not found in Parish Records, or Censuses. At Family History, we are able to provide a direct link to Dorset Newspaper Archives from a variety of historical newspapers, covering different time periods. Here is the link and information on the historic Dorset Newspapers and the time periods they cover:

Dorset Newspaper Archives – This is the link for the historical newspapers listed below:

Dorset County Chronicle – 1824-1826, 1828-1867, 1879-1880, 1882, 1884

Sherborne Mercury – 1748, 1770-1771, 1789, 1791-1792, 1796-1800, 1827-1853, 1855-1867

Bournemouth Daily Echo – 1900-1905

Bridport News – 1856-1857, 1865-1869, 1871-1873, 1876-1880, 1884-1888, 1890-1896, 1899-1900

Dorchester and Sherborne journal, and Western Advertiser – 1791-1797

Sherborne Journal – 1760, 1774, 1782, 1787-1788