Just noticed that Ancestry.co.uk have put up the earlier Dorset parish registers. The post 1812 ones have been there a while, but this is the first time I have noticed the earlier ones are there. The great news with these parish registers are that they aren’t only an index and they aren’t a transcript, you get to view the real thing.
Only thing missing is the smell of centuries of dust with a slight hint of mouse and the feel of the leather binding and the beautiful thick parchment pages. I am so lucky to have started researching when you were able to handle the actual registers. I’m glad they are now digitised and safe from excess handling, but for those of you who have never handled a document 500 years old – gosh you have missed an experience!