Dorset, England Genealogy

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Records from this area are currently being indexed by volunteers. Come join the effort and help us index the Dorset CofE Parish Records, 1538-1910

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St Wite's Cross, the flag of Dorset
Location of Dorset in England

Dorset (or archaically Dorsetshire) is a maritime county located in South West England on the English Channel coast.

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Use an interactive map to find jurisdictions for each parish in Dorset.

Civil Districts

Prior to 1889 Dorset was divided into hundreds, liberties and boroughs. See Dorset Civil Divisions.

When civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837, Dorset was divided into a number of registration districts, each containing several parishes.  The index to the civil records gives the name of the district where an event took place.  GENUKI have produced a list civil registration districts in Dorset and the parishes covered by each.

Read more about England Civil Registration.


See a list of the parishes of Dorset with links to articles.

Dorset Online Parish Clerks: Transriptions from original data available at the Dorset History Centre.

Probate Jurisdictions

Before 1858, every town and parish in Dorset was under the probate jurisdiction of several ecclesiastical courts.  To read more about probate records and see a list of Dorset towns and parishes and the probate courts that had jurisdiction over them, go to Dorset Probate Records.


To view a further list of web sites and/or web pages for Dorsetshire and many of its parishes, visit