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Dorset History Centre has been working in partnership with the family history website Ancestry to digitise Dorset records. Many of our most important family history sources can now be viewed online and the website can be accessed without charge at the Dorset History Centre.

Dorset History Centre have uploaded copies of documents relative to family history to (opens in a new window)

Dorset Collections on Ancestry

Images of these original documents are now available to view online free of charge on site at the Dorset History Centre:

  • Alehouse Licence Records, 1754-1821
  • Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 ***
  • Bastardy Records, 1821-1853
  • Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 ***
  • Calendars of Prisoners, 1854-1904
  • Confirmations, 1850-1921
  • Convict Transportation Records, 1742-1791
  • Crew Lists, 1863-1914
  • Deaths and Burials, 1813-2001 ***
  • Dorchester Prison Admission and Discharge Registers, 1782-1901
  • Electoral Registers, 1839-1922
  • Jury Lists, 1825-1921
  • Land Tax Returns, 1780-1832
  • Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921 ***
  • Militia Lists, 1757-1860
  • Parish Poor Law Records, 1511-1997
  • Tithe maps & Apportionments, 1835-1850
  • Vagrant Passes, 1739-1791
  • Visitation of Dorset, 1623
  • Wills and Probates, 1565-1858

Please note: There are some gaps within the collections indicated by ***


Ancestry is an international family history website which allows you to search records of your ancestors, and then view images of the original records.

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