If you are unable to visit the Dorset History Centre in person, our research service may be able to help. We can carry out research in our records for you and provide you with a report and perhaps some copies of what we have found.
The research service at the Dorset History Centre can search parish registers and other parish records for that elusive Dorset ancestor. We can search census returns, wills, manorial records, newspapers, published and unpublished works to trace the history of a house or a family. In addition we can consult our indexes and catalogues to identify other sources.
The Research service can also transcribe, translate or provide a précis of a document.
A word of warning:
Due to the nature of some records, the way that they were written or the way that they were kept we cannot guarantee that we will be able to find the information that you are searching for. It may not have been recorded or may have been recorded in a different parish or county.
What we need from you
We hope our application form will help you to set out your request. The essential items of information are:
- The surname of the family with which you are concerned
- The parish/es you wish us to search
- The type of record to be searched, whether a baptism, marriage or burial, or something else
- The span of years you wish us to search
Please do not send additional paperwork such as copies of birth certificates. If we are uncertain about any aspect of your request, we will contact you for clarification by post, e-mail or telephone, either in advance of starting, or, if necessary, while we are carrying out your search.
To book a search
Please fill in the research service application form (pdf, 152kb) (opens in a new window) and send it to the Dorset History Centre by post, e-mail or fax.
- Research costs £30 per hour
- Transcriptions cost £35 per hour
- Our application form requires payment in advance for research.
- We can accept sterling cheques or credit/debit cards.
- Contact us if you have any queries about the length of time your project may take our research team.
If you need any help with the application do not hesitate to contact us