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Guide to Blandford St Mary, Dorset ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Blandford St Mary, Dorset
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Coombs Ditch
County Dorset
Poor Law Union Blandford
Registration District Blandford
Records begin
Parish registers: 1581
Bishop's Transcripts: 1732
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Whitchurch
Diocese Salisbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Dorset
Location of Archive
Dorset Record Office


Parish History

BLANDFORD-ST. MARY, a parish in Blandford district, Dorset; on the river Stour, adjacent to the Dorset Central railway, ½ a mile S of Blandford-Forum. It has a post office under Blandford.[1]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

Online Blandford St Mary, Dorset Genealogy Parish Register Images and Indexes
1580-1819 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[2]
1813-1889 Ancestry[3] 1813-1921 Ancestry[4] 1813-1949 Ancestry[5]
Indexes 1581-1840 OnlineParishClerks 1765-1812 OnlineParishClerks 1760-1813 OnlineParishClerks
1733-1810 Joiner[6]

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 241336.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Dorset Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.



  1. John M. Wilson, ' Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales], publ. London and Edinburgh: 1870. Date accessed: 03 July 2103.
  2. Dorset, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Partially indexed.
  3. Dorset, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Partially indexed.
  4. Dorset, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Partially indexed.
  5. Dorset, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-2001, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Partially indexed.
  6. 'Search Marriage Records in Dorset,' The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 9 June 2012.


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