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Dorset County Council

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.dorset-cc.gov.uk/libraries
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): DOR

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Dorchester Reference Library
Colliton Park
Tel: 01305 224448
Fax: 01305 266120

Abbreviation: DRR (Dorchester Reference Library)

Opening hours:

Monday: 1000-1900
Tuesday: 0930-1900
Wednesday: 0930-1900
Thursday: 0930-1700
Friday: 0930-1900
Saturday: 0900-1600

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes

Provided by local Record Office? Yes ~brochure attached$

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations No

5. Census returns

1841-1891 for all parishes in the historic county of Dorset pre 1974 (i.e. excluding Bournemouth and Christchurch). Parts of some parishes now wholly or partly in Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire also held.
Printed indices by name and area for 1851 census
Microfiche indices for 1881 compiled by Church of the Latter Day Saints.

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

~see attached list$

6(b) City and Town Directories

~see attached list$

6(c) Telephone Directories

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Current electoral registers only for West Dorset, North Dorset, South Dorset and Purbeck constituencies. Previous registers for the whole County held at Dorset County Record Office

7(b) Poll Books

'The Poll, taken at the election of one Knight to serve in Parliament, for the county of Dorset ... 30th September 1831 confirmed by adjournment to 17th October 1831'
The Poll Book for the County of Dorset ... at the General Election of 1857
Register of voters ... for the borough of Shaftesbury, between 31st December 1883 and 1st January 1885.

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992 edition on microfiche, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands. DRR

9. Unpublished Indexes

10. Parish Registers

Originals and microfilms held at Dorset County Record Office. Only a few printed registers have been published for Dorset, and these are in stock at DRR.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Journal of the Dorset Family History Society 1989 to date
The Greenwood Tree: the journal of the Somerset and Dorset F.H.S. 1975 to date
Genealogists' Magazine 1985 to date.
All at DRR

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Dorset Record Society publications. DRR

13. Other material

The Visitations of the County of Dorset 1623, 1677, published by the Harleian Society.
Also published Visitations for 1531 and 1565.
The History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset, 1st ed. (1774), 2nd ed. (1796-1815) and 3rd ed. (1861-1870) contains many pedigrees of Dorset landowning families and monumental inscriptions, etc. DRR

14. Guides to Collections

~Enclosed copy of booklet published by Dorset County Library 'Genealogical Sources in Dorset County Reference Libraries' but please note that this relates to the present County of Dorset. In April 1997 Bournemouth and Poole become separate unitary authorities$

15. Local Record Offices

Dorset County Record Office
Bridport Road
DT1 1RPTel: 01305 250550

Other information