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
Dorset Death Certificate Index
The Dorset DCI lets you search and view death certificates for free. The certificates have been donated by family historians, and you can also donate a certificate if you wish.

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
Dorchester and Fordington Family History
This is probably the best family history website for tracing your Dorchester and Fordington ancestors. The records are plentiful, including:

  • Census
  • Parish Records
  • Wills
  • Church Officials
  • Historical Directories
  • Books
  • Poor Law Records
  • Biographies
  • Postcards
  • Maps

Dorset Ancestors
Genuki Dorset
GENUKI Dorset is a free family history & genealogy resource which lists links and resources for the English county of Dorset.
Memorials of Old Dorset
Streets of Bournemouth
Weymouth Local & Family History


Old Dorset Maps

Medical and Hospital Records

Dorset County Hospital Records
The history of Dorset County Hospital website has a wealth of information and records about the hospital, its staff, and patients. You can see burial registers, admissions, census returns, staff records, directories, newspaper reports, and more. The site contains information from when the hospital first opened in 1841 until it became part of the NHS in 1948.

Military Records

British Military Records
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


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 Workhouse Records

Professional Genealogists

Kith and Kin Research
A professional genealogy service based in Dorset, England. Different family history research packages are available to meet most needs and budgets.

School Records

School Admission Registers 1870-1914

Societies and Groups

Dorset Family History Society
Somerset & Dorset FHS

Wills and Probate

Calendar of Dorset Wills 1383-1700