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Abbotsbury, Dorset
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Abbotsbury St Nicholas
Type Civil parish
Ecclesiastical parish
Registration sub-district
Rural deanery
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Uggscombe
County Dorset
Poor Law Union Weymouth PLU
Registration District Weymouth
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Bridport
Diocese Salisbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Dorset
Bishops Court Court of the Bishop of Bristol (Episcopal Consistory)
 England  Gotoarrow.png  Dorset Gotoarrow.png  Dorset Parishes


Parish History

ABBOTSBURY, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Weymouth, Dorset. The village stands in a vale, about a mile from the sea, 7¼ miles W of the Weymouth railway, and 9 SW of Dorchester.  The parish contains also the hamlets of Rodden and Elworth; [1]

Here is a 1848 perspective of this parish:

ABBOTSBURY (St. Nicholas), a parish, and formerly a market-town, in the union of Weymouth, hundred of Uggscombe, Dorchester division of Dorset, 8¼ miles (W. S. W.) from Dorchester, and 129 (S. W. by W.) from London; containing, with the hamlets of Rodden and Elworth.[2]

An additional chapel called St. Catherine's chapel, was supposed to have been erected in the reign of Edward IV., stands on an eminence south-west of the town, and serves only as a land-mark.


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 Abbotsbury, Dorset Genealogy Parish Register Images and Indexes
1560-1819 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[3]
1813-1919 Ancestry[4] 1813-1921 Ancestry[5] 1813-1919 Ancestry[6]
Indexes 1726-1812 findmypast[7] 1567-1665
1567-1934 findmypast[9]
1731-1879 OnlineParishClerks 1646-1837 Joiner[10] 1731-1880 OnlineParishClerks
1651-1771 findmypast[11]
1771-1836 OnlineParishClerks
1813-1837 findmypast[12]

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

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 241339.

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.

Web sites


  1. Wilson, John M., Abbotsbury DorsetImperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, publ. London and Edinburgh: 1870-72;
  2. Lewis, Samuel A., Abbotsbury (St. Nicholas), A Topographical Dictionary of England, (1848). Adapted. Accessed: 31 Jan. 2013.
  3. Dorset, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Partially indexed.
  4. Dorset, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Partially indexed.
  5. Dorset, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Partially indexed.
  6. Dorset, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-2001, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Partially indexed.
  7. 'Dorset Baptism Index,' Find My Past, accessed 21 May 2012.
  8. 'Dorset,' Parish Register Transcription Society, accessed 31 July 2012.
  9. 'Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage,' Find My Past, accessed 11 April 2012. For a breakdown of missing years, see 'National Burial Index - Coverage: Dorset,' Federation of Family History Societies, accessed 23 April 2012.
  10. 'Search Marriage Records in Dorset,' The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 21 May 2012.
  11. "Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,", accessed 21 May 2012.
  12. 'Dorset Marriages,' Find My Past, accessed 21 May 2012.


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