Poole Family History Centre, Dorset Genealogy

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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 BH14 0QW
  • 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

Opening Hours:

  • Tuesday: 9.30 am to 4.00 pm and 6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9.30am to 12.00 noon only
  • Thursday: 9.30 am to 12.00 noon and 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm
  • NOTE We sometimes close early if no-one is in attendance.
    It is always best to book an appointment to avoid disappointment.

Holiday Schedule

Summer Holiday
Closed during the whole month of August 2014

Christmas Holiday
Closed : 15th December 2014 until 6th Jan 2015
Re-open: Tuesday 6th January 2015


Family History Fair : "Get to know your family"
Saturday 29th November 2014 from 10.00am to 4.00pm

Centre Resources


  • Family History Library Catalog: This centre has the ability to receive an order for any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog.
  • If you order a specific film/fiche from the online film ordering website you will be informed if, as your designated FHC we already hold a copy of this film/fiche.

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
    Access Newspaper Archive
    Alexander Street Press - The American Civil War
    Research Database |Letters and Diaries |Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera
    ArkivDigital Online
    Find My Past
    Fold3.com Previously known as Footnote.com
    The Genealogist
    Godfrey Memorial Library
    Heritage Quest Online
    Historic Map Works Library Edition
    Paper Trail
    World Vital Records

Hardware and Equipment

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

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