Dorset Parish Records Online

Gosh FindMyPast has been busy !! Today they have released parish register transcripts for Dorset. Here is what is now available.

7,169 Christenings 1559 – 1894 
Whitchurch Canonicorum, Lydlinch, Morden, Portesham, Frampton, Dorchester St Peter and Hamoon.

704 Marriages 1560 – 1812
Symondsbury and Lydlinch,

6,346 Burials 1641 – 1812
Durweston, Loders, Lydlinch, Spetisbury, Milton Abbas, Dorchester Holy Trinity, Warmwell and Morden

These records are published online at in association with Dorset Family History Society.

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Dorset Archives Catalogue

clip_image002These days the online catalogues for many of the county archives are very detailed and in some instances give enough information that you don’t require a copy of the original document.

I have just done a search of the Dorset Archives looking for any instances of the surname Lush and came up with quite a few entries that have given me some good leads.

The website also offers an online catalogue of Dorset images, but the link isn’t working. I must make a note and try again after the New Year holidays are over. There are research guides as well for those who are just venturing into genealogy.

Dorset Parish Registers 1538 – 1812

clip_image002Just noticed that 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!

Dorset Parish Registers & Wills

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Very good news if you have Dorset ancestry, seems as if they have got an agreement with Dorset Archives. It appears that Ancestry is working with the Record Offices & Findmypast with the Family History Societies. We live in interesting times !!


16th-century Dorset was a fascinating place. It was at the heart of England?s religious disputes, with seven abbeys dissolved by Henry VIII and Catholics fleeing to France off its coast.
It was a naval stronghold, supplying eight of the ships that destroyed the Spanish Armada in 1588.
It was also a hive for pirates and smugglers, to the extent that special commissioners were appointed to patrol the seas.
Families living in these troubled times faced difficult decisions every day. From simple choices like whether conditions at sea were conducive to fishing; to life-changing judgements such as what religion to follow, there were risks at every turn.
You can see how your ancestors coped with such testing circumstances with new parish and probate records at

Work your way through the generations to follow the twists and turns in your family?s past. Parish records for Dorset will be released going all the way back to the Tudor period, but get started with these earlier collections right now on
Dorset Parish Records 1913 – 2001  includes over one million records of baptisms, marriages, burials and confirmations all over the county.
Once you pinpoint the parish where your forebears lived, you can quickly build a timeline of the key events in their lives.
You can then delve deeper with Dorset Wills & Probate 1565 – 1858.
The wills themselves show who benefitted from each estate ? providing vital clues about family relationships.
If you’re lucky enough to find an inventory, that will provide a complete list of your relative’s personal possessions ? from expensive jewellery to simple pots and pans.
As you build your family tree, call in on key moments in history, from D-Day landings, through rural riots, to bloody civil war battles.
And see how these crucial events impacted your ancestors? lives.