Dorset Records Collections on Ancestry sites include:
Parish Records: Before civil registration in England began in 1837, key events in a person’s life were typically recorded by the church rather than the state. Parish records are the best source of vital record information in England before the nineteenth century and remain an important source thereafter. This data collection contains images of Church of England baptism, marriage, and burial records in registers from parishes in the county of Dorset.
Other records currently available within the collection are Poor Law Records, Bastardy Records, Wills and Probates, and Electoral Registers.
About Dorset History Centre
The Dorset History Centre is the county record office for Dorset, holding archives which cover more than a thousand years. It is jointly funded by Bournemouth Borough Council, Dorset County Council, and the Borough of Poole. Documents and collections include Anglo-Saxon charters, parish registers, maps and plans, photographs, prison registers, local newspapers, manorial and estate records, personal papers like the sketches and travel journals of Egyptologist William John Bankes, and business archives like the brewer Eldridge Pope and ceramics manufacturer Poole Pottery. Our partnership with the Dorset History Centre lets us provide you with a series of captivating collections from Dorset’s history. You can search them all from this page or delve into individual collections.