Dorset Family History

If you’re looking for ancestors, local history or family history in Dorset, England, these links to many online resources will help you.


Dorset History Centre

Births, Marriages & Deaths

Dorset Parish Records
England BMDs

Burials & Cemeteries

Dorset Burials 1531-1995
Dorset Memorial Inscriptions

Census Records

1939 Register
UK Census 1841-1911

Criminals and Convicts

Criminal Ancestor Records
Dorchester Gaol Registers 1782-1853

Electoral Registers

Electoral Registers 1832-1932


RootsChat Dorset


Visitation of Dorset 1565
Visitation of Dorset 1623

Historical Directories

Dorset Poll Book 1807
Dorset Historical Directories
Kelly’s Directory of Dorsetshire 1889
Portland Yearbook 1905

Local History

Domesday Book Dorset
Dorset Ancestors
Genuki Dorset
Memorials of Old Dorset
Streets of Bournemouth
Weymouth Local & Family History


Old Dorset Maps

Medical and Hospital Records

Dorset County Hospital Records

Military Records

British Military Records
Dorset Regiment During WWII
Dorsetshire Regiment – 39th & 54th Foot
Dorsetshire Regiment During WW2
Dorset War Graves
Dorset Roll of Honour
Portland Military Burials

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Collection 1710-1953
Sherbourne & Yeovil Mercury


iannounce UK Obituaries


Blandford Constables 1842
Dorset Hemp & Flax Growers 1782-1793
High Sheriffs of Dorset
Lost Pubs of Dorset
Mills of Dorset

Parish Records

Dorset Parish Records

Poor Law Records

Weymouth and Dorset Workshouse Records

School Records

School Admission Registers 1870-1914

Societies and Groups

Dorset Family History Society
Somerset & Dorset FHS


Dorset Surname Interest List

Wills and Probate

Calendar of Dorset Wills 1383-1700