Dorset Family History Society

Devon Family History Society was established for people interested in discovering more about their ancestors, especially in the county.

Contact Information for Devon Family History Society


The Treetops Research Centre
Suite 5
Stanley House
3 Fleets Lane
BH15 3AJ


Society Resources

A large collection of materials can be accessed at Treetops, their Research Centre, which include:

  • Baptism, Marriage and Burial Indexes
  • Computers with access to Ancestry, FindmyPast, and the British Newspaper Archives
  • Criminal Register Indexes
  • Directories
  • Dorset Strays Index - people who moved to another town, county or country from their birthplace
  • Dorset Wills and Administrations Index 1568-1799
  • International Genealogical Index (IGI) (1992)
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Quarter Sessions 1625-1638
  • School Log Books
  • Surname Index for Dorset FHS Journals Vols. 1-21
  • Visitation of Dorset 1623, 1777
  • Woodlands Tithe Map 1841

Dorset Early Census Indexes are also available, which incorporate:

  • Corfe Castle 1790-91
  • Horton and Woodlands 1821
  • Poole 1574
  • Poole Poll Books 1832-1868
  • Puddletown 1724, 1725, 1729, 1769

Newspaper Indexes held by the Society include:

  • Christchurch and Bournemouth Chronicle 1872-1875
  • Dorset Free Press 1874-1875
  • Parkstone Reminder 1880-1881
  • Poole and Dorset Herald 1881-1887, 1891
  • Poole and SW Herald 1865

Other records held by the Society also include:

  • Aldermen of the City of London
  • Berkshire Maps 1881-1887
  • Berkshire Overseers Papers
  • British Isles Vital Records Index
  • Burslem (Staffordshire) Parish Registers
  • Crew Lists and Agreements 1863
  • Criminal Register Indexes - The South West (1805)
  • East Anglian Militia Documents 1860-1912
  • Farmer's Almanac and Calendar 1849
  • Hampshire Burial Index 1400-1837

Resources also incorporate:

  • Irish Wills Index 1536-1858
  • Justice of the Peace and Parish Office 1869
  • Kent FHS Parish Registers Vol. 4
  • National Burials Index 3rd Edition
  • Nottinghamshire Baptisms, Marriages and Burials
  • Oxfordshire Marriage Index 1538-1837
  • Philimore's Hampshire Marriages Vols. 1, 6 and 7
  • Wiltshire Parisah Records
  • Wirksworth (Derbyshire) Parish Records 1600-1900
  • Woolwich Marriages 1754-1864

Please note the Society does make a charge to people visiting the Research Centre.

Disabled Access in their Centre

If you wish to have ground level access, you should use the entrance behind the building.  They do not, however, have disabled toilet facilities.  If you are a blue badge holder, they ask that you contact them before travelling.

Refreshment Facilities

Tea and Coffee making facilities are accessible, but the Society does make a small charge to people utilising these facilities.

Society Publications

Many publications and other items are sold by the Society, which include:

  • Abbott's Illustrated Counties - Dorset 1896
  • Baptism, Marriage and Burial Indexes
  • Census Indexes
  • Discover Dorset Series
  • Dorset FHS Journal Archive
  • Dorset Newspaper Index
  • Dorset Strays Index
  • DVDs of Local Interest
  • History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset
  • Local History Books
  • Maps
  • Memorial Inscriptions Index
  • Old Dorset Postcards
  • Reference Books
  • Traditional Crafts of Dorset

Members' Interests

A list of surnames currently being researched by members is also available, along with a forum where you can ask for help with your research, and obtain tips and advice.


Somerset and Dorset Family History Society

This group is listed under Somerset

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