This database contains tithe apportion maps listing land owners and occupiers in Dorset, England.
The local parish and church were supported through a tax called a tithe, which amounted to one-tenth of the local produce. These tithes were typically paid in kind until the Tithe Commutation Commission was established in 1836 to set up the process of paying tithes in money. Determining the amount owed by each landowner required accurate maps. These maps and the apportionment list that names the landowner or occupier make up the records in this database.
What You Can Find in the RecordsThese records typically provide the names of land owners and occupiers, as well as a brief description of the land. They’re particularly valuable because they can show you exactly where an ancestor lived.