Poole England Family History Centre

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Centre, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

The Poole Family History Centre serves the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch areas of South East Dorset.

Centre Contacts and Hours


  • Address: 8 Mount Road, Parkstone, Poole Dorset England BH14 0QW United Kingdom
  • Access to the centre is via the rear entrance to the building from the car park
  • Location on Map

Phone: 01202 730646

E-mail: uk_poole@ldsmail.net
Facebook: Poole FamilySearch Centre

Opening Hours:

  • Tuesdays: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Wednesdays: 9.30 am to 12.00 noon
  • Thursdays: 9.30 am to 12.00 noon
    WE HAVE DISCONTINUED THE ON-LINE APPOINTMENT BOOKING SYSTEM. Please phone 01202 730646 during the opening hours to make an appointment

Holiday Schedule for remainder of 2018

Closed: 26 Jul, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Aug, 23, 24, 25 Oct, 25, 26, 27 Dec

Re-open on 1 Jan 2019


Centre Resources


  • FamilySearch Catalog: This centre has the ability to view a variety of films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal This centre has access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access in the centre to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions. 

    The following are usually available:-
    19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
    Alexander Street Press - The American Civil War
            Research Database, Letters and Diaries, Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera,
            Social & Cultural History,Women & Social Movements in the United States American Ancestors          
    Ancestry.com - Instution version
    ArkivDigital Online FamNet
    Find My Past - Instution version
    Fold3.com Previously known as Footnote.com
    The Genealogist - Gold level Subscription
    MyHeritage - Library Edition Newspaper Archive
    Paper Trail
    Proquest Obnituary Listings
    Puzzilla.org - Premium Service

Hardware and Equipment

  • 6 computers
  • 1 networked printer/scanner/copier (monochrome)
  • 1 digital copy scanner/reader for film or fiche
  • 1 microfilm reader
  • 1 microfiche reader
  • 1 flat bed scanner for books or single page documents

All these items are free to use, however please book ahead of time to reserve equipment to avoid disappointment.