Dorset Civil Registration

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The mandatory civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths in Dorset was introduced on 1 July 1837 and it was throughout England. The registration districts were organised based on poor law unions. Records are held in the Dorset Record Office.

Civil Registration Districts in Dorset

  • Beaminster - included Somerset parishes
  • Blandford
  • Bridport
  • Cerne
  • Dorchester
  • Poole
  • Shaftesbury
  • Sherborne - included Somerset parishes that were later transferred to Dorset
  • Sturminster
  • Wareham
  • Weymouth
  • Wimborne

In 1837 some Dorset parishes were included in registration districts organised in neighbouring counties