Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

13/12/2004

Dorset County Records

What records do we hold?

Parish registers and records, including churchwardens and poor law records
Dorset Parish Register Guide Online (use the Parish Registers link on the left)
Many of the detailed Dorset parish registers and records catalogues are accessible online through the Access2Archives website (see link on the right of the page), which is also accessible through the main National Archives site (see link on the right of the page)

Nonconformist and Roman Catholic records
Dorset Pre-1858 wills, inventories and administrations and many post -1858 copy wills
Census enumerators’ returns 1841-1891
The General Register Office indexes to births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales 1837-1992
International Genealogical Index for Dorset
Electoral registers: catalogues of this group of records are accessible through the Access to Archives website (see link on the right of this page)
Trade directories
Tithe maps and apportionments
Enclosure awards and maps
Ordnance Survey maps
Land tax assessments : catalogues of this group of records are accessible through the national Access to Archives website (see link on the right of this page)
Family and estate collections, including title deeds and estate accounts: a number of detailed catalogues of this group of archives are accessible on the Access to Archives website (see link on the right of this page)
Manorial records
Court records : magistrate courts and petty sessions, quarter sessions, county court and coroner. A number of detailed catalogues of this group of archives are accessible on the Access to Archives website (see link on the right of this page)
School records : catalogues of this group of records are accessible through the national Access to Archives website (see link on the right of this page)
Dorset Sound Archive
Motor taxation records
Board of Guardians records
Dorchester Gaol registers and calendars of prisoners : catalogues of this group of records are accessible through the national Access to Archives website
Dorchester Prison records
Quarter Sessions records
Dorset County Council records
District and Borough Council records
Parish Council: many of the detailed catalogues of this group of archives are accessible on the Access to Archives website (see link on the right of this page)

For details of the records of civil registration please follow the ‘Family History’ link above to Dorset County Council’s Registration Service pages.

Archives
Tel: 01305 250550
Email: archives@dorsetcc.gov.uk

for more go to the link on the rhs

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