Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

4/9/2012

Dorset, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812

This data collection contains images of Church of England baptism, marriage, and burial records in registers from parishes in county of Dorset for the years prior to 1813.

Both the British government and the church had an interest in record keeping, and a 1538 act of Parliament required ministers in the Church of England to record baptisms, marriages, and burials. This database includes marriage records up until 1754, when the 1753 Marriage Act took effect, and baptisms and burials up to 1812, when George Rose’s Act called for preprinted registers to be used for separate baptism, marriage, and burial registers as a way of standardizing records. For later Dorset parish records, see the links provided in the Related Data Collections section. for more click here

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