Family History Societies -
Dorset to Durham

This section lists county associations from Dorset to Durham providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.


Dorset FHS:


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



The association was formed for people interested in discovering more about their ancestors, especially in the county.

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 Reigster 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.  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.

Tea and Coffee making facilities are accessible, but they do make a small charge.

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

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


Somerset and Dorset FHS:

This group is listed under Somerset


Annfield Plain FHS:


Annfield Plain Family History Society
c/o Annfield Plain Library
North Road



The Society was formed in 2000, and is a group of people who have an interest in genealogy.  It is based in Annfield Plain, but also covers the history of the North West of the county.  Their aim is to transcribe the registers and tombstones of the local churches.  

The Society also holds 1914-1922, 1927, 1935-1970 of the Stanley News.

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Annfield Plain and Stanley Urban District Council 1869-1970
  • Baptism Indexes
  • Burial Indexes
  • Marriage Indexes

Tombstone Surname Indexes sold by the Society incorporate:

  • Harelaw
  • Holmside
  • South Moor
  • St Andrews
  • Stanley Old
  • Tanfield St Margaret's


Cleveland, North Yorkshire and South Durham FHS:


Gillian Lord
c/o Cleveland, North Yorkshire and South Durham Family History Society
14 Magnolia Walk
Middlestone Moor
County Durham
DL16 7EP



The association was formed in 1980, and covers the county of Cleveland, all parishes south of a line from Hart on the coast to Middleton in Teesdale in Durham and most of the old North Riding of Yorkshire from Whitby to Hawes.

Cleveland was created in 1974 from Teesside, which was created from parts of the county and North Riding of Yorkshire. Cleveland ceased to exist in 1996 when four Unitary Authorities were created.

The aims of the Society are to promote and encourage interest in family history and to hold meetings, share information and give assistance to those researching their ancestry to educate the public in the right ways to conduct research.

Many databases are available on their site, which incorporate:

  • Church Records: Stokesley
  • British Emigrants leaving New York for York, present day Toronto 1817
  • Hartlepool Engine Works Apprentices 1904
  • Lands Records: Durham Recusants Estates 1717-1778
  • Marriage Records: St Peters, Leeds
  • Nonconformist Registers: Wesleyan Preachers in the Stokesley Circuit 1836-1837
  • North Yorkshire Militia recorded in Parish Registers in Danbury, Essex (1781)
  • Photographers in Stockton, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Hartlepool, West Hartlepool, Bishop Auckland Area, Barnard Castle area, Durham City
  • Postal Records: A Personal Census - The Final Round
  • Railway Records
  • Remembrance: North Yorkshire and South Durham War Memorials and Whitby Book of Remembrance 1914-18
  • Settlement Records: Cleveland People in the Settlement Examinations, Kesteven, Lincolnshire 1700-1847
  • Yorkshire Emigrants

Databases of Mining Records are also available, which incorporate:

  • Diary of a Cleveland Miner 1873-1925
  • Women Engaged in Mining in the 1700's

Shipping Records include:

  • Apprentices to The Company of Shipwrights
  • Lady Shipowners of Whitby
  • Runswick Storm
  • Smith Docks Employees: taken from book written by Smith Dock management 1949

Many publications are sold by the Society, which include:

  • Baptism Indexes
  • Burial Indexes
  • Children of Middlesbrough Workhouse 1867-1919, 1919-1930
  • Marriage Indexes
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Place Names North Riding of Yorkshire: 19th Century Gazetteer
  • Town and Country Trades People, North Yorkshire and South Durham 1822-1834


Northumberland and Durham FHS:

This group is listed under Northumberland