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Poole Borough 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Unpublished indexes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.poole.gov.uk/
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): DOR

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Poole Reference Library
Dolphin Centre
BH15 1QE

Tel: (01202) 262421
Fax: (01202) 262442
[email protected]

Opening hours:


Other Libraries:

Poole Local History Centre
4, High Street
BH15 1BW

Opening hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am - 3.00pm (closed on Tuesdays following a Bank Holiday).

Tel: (01202) 262621

Contact: David Watkins, Local History Manager

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes.

Fee-based? Yes. Basic search is free, otherwise �25.00 per hour.

Provided by local Record Office? No.
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations None held.

5. Census returns

1841, 1881, 1891 - all Dorset parishes
1851, 1861, 1871 - Poole, Cawford, Lytchett and Wimborne.

1881 Census Index, England and Wales.

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Dorset. From 1823/4 to 1935.

6(b) City and Town Directories

Poole. 1783 - 1975. Earliest dates are photocopies.
Bournemouth and Poole. 1918/19 - 1975.

6(c) Telephone Directories

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

1846 intermittently to date. Not much during first half of 20th Century.

7(b) Poll Books

1698 to 1865. Earliest dates are photocopies and intermittent.

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Microfiche, 1992 ed. (At Poole Central Library)
England, Wales, Scotland, Newfoundland.

9. Unpublished Indexes

Poole Newspaper Index in progress. Poole references only. 1846 - 1851 so far complete.

10. Parish Registers

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society. Vol. 1 (1877) to date.

Somerset and Dorset Notes and Queries. Vol. 2 (1890) to date.

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

13. Other material

Online subscription to Ancestry Library edition at Poole Central Library.

14. Guides to Collections

15. Local Record Offices

Other information