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== Record Description ==
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This collection is an index to church records from Dorsetshire for the years 1538-1936.
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| RW_URL_04 =[http://www.thedorsetpage.com/genealogy/ Dorset Genealogy Resources]
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== Why Should I Look at This Collection? ==
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Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are central to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.
  
This collection includes records from 1538 to 1936
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To learn more about parish registers, please see the '''[https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/England_Parish_Registers_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) England Parish Registers]''' page.
  
This collection contains Dorset parish registers containing baptisms, marriages/banns, and burials. Date ranges of available records may vary by locality.  
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== What is in This Collection? ==
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This collection contains an index to and images of baptismal, marriage, and burial records. Availability of records may vary by year and locality.
  
Baptisms (christenings), marriages, and burials were recorded on blank pages in a bound book called a register. The events of baptism, marriage, and burial were all recorded in one volume until 1754, when a law required that marriages be recorded in a separate book. Banns, or proclamations of “an intent” to marry, were recorded in yet another book. Starting in 1812, pre-printed registers were introduced, and then separate registers were kept for baptisms, marriages, and burials. Before 1812, bishops’ transcripts were usually recorded on loose pieces of paper. Following that year, the transcripts were recorded on the same pre-printed forms as parish registers.  
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=== Image Visibility ===
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Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images of digitized records available for all users. However, the rights to view images on this website are ultimately granted by the record custodians. Due to their restrictions, the images in this collection are not available for general viewing, but may be accessed by registered FamilySearch Patrons. Registration for a free FamilySearch account can be done [https://familysearch.org/register/1 here].
  
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For additional information about image restrictions, please see the [[Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections]] page.
  
Parish registers were created to record church events of baptism or christening, marriage, and burial. Baptismal entries usually list the person’s birth date, and burial entries list the death date. In the Church of England, baptism, which was also called christening, was performed soon after the birth of a child. Marriage in the church legally united a man and a woman for civil legal reasons and for the purpose of founding a religiously sanctified family. Burial is a function of the church to inter the deceased soon after death.
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===To Browse This Collection===
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Church of England parish registers are the most reliable and accurate family history source until July 1837, when the government instituted the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. Information in parish registers and Bishop's Transcripts can be verified against each other. There are often variations in Bishop's Transcripts of names and spellings. Bishop's Transcripts may also omit years or part of years and are incomplete according to Diocesan practice and preservation.  
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
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You can find records either by searching the index or viewing the record images. Before using either search method, it is best to know the following information:
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*Name of the person
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*Date range for the record
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As you search, compare your results with this information to find a match.
  
===List of Parishes Included===
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=== Search the Index  ===
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#Go to the '''[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1910806 collection page]'''.
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#Enter the requested information into the search box.
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#Click '''Search''' to return a list of possible matches.
  
Admiston
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=== View the Images ===
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#Go to the collection '''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1910806/waypoints browse page]'''.
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#Click on the correct '''County''' link.<br>
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#Click on the correct '''Town, Parish/Church''' link.<br>
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#Click on the correct '''Event Type and Year Range''' link to go to the image viewer.
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#Use the onscreen controls to move between record images as you look for a match.
  
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Fully record all the information in the index entry. Also, do not forget to cite the record; see below for help citing records in this collection.
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*Make sure to look at an image of the original record. The online index entry only lists the most basic information from a record; the original may contain further information which was not included in the index. Save or print a copy of the image whenever possible.
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*If in the appropriate period, use the information which has been discovered to find the individual in civil records. Particularly useful for research in nineteenth-century England are the [[England Census]] and [[England Civil Registration|civil registration]] records.
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*Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Remember that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage.
  
Alderholt
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now? ===
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*When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to help with this decision. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
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*Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might appear under a different name in a record for a variety of reasons:
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**An individual might have been listed under a middle name, [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nicknamegiven-name-equivalents.htm nickname], or [[Abbreviations Found in Genealogy Records|abbreviation]] of their given name.
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**Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as recorders heard them. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation.
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**Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands.
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*Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible matches. Try expanding the date range as well; this is especially useful in searching baptismal records, as it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth.
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*Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon. For this particular collection, this step may require finding records in the bordering English counties of Devonshire to the west, Somersetshire and Wiltshire to the north, or Hampshire to the east. Note that marriages usually took place in the parish where the bride resided.
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*The individual in question may not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination. See [[England Nonconformist Church Records]] for more information.
  
Allington
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For additional help searching online collections see [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
Almer
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=England-Dorset-Parish-Registers-1538-1936-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
  
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== Citing This Collection ==
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Citing sources correctly makes it easier to refer to information which has already been found, so proper citations are key to keeping track of research. Correct citations also allow others to check completed research by helping them find and examine records for themselves. Below are the proper citations to use for this collection as well as for individual records and images within the collection:
  
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br>
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Bettiscombe
 
 
 
Bincombe
 
 
 
Bishop's Caundle
 
 
 
Blandford Forum
 
 
 
Bloxworth
 
 
 
Bluntshay
 
 
 
Bothenhampton
 
 
 
Bourton
 
 
 
Bradford Abbas
 
 
 
Bradford Peverell
 
 
 
Bradpole
 
 
 
Bramblecombe
 
 
 
Branksome
 
 
 
Branksome Park
 
 
 
Bridport
 
 
 
Broadstone
 
 
 
Broadwindsor
 
 
 
Bryanston
 
 
 
Buckland Newton
 
 
 
Buckland Ripers
 
 
 
Burton Bradstock
 
 
 
Catherston Leweston
 
 
 
Caundle Marsh
 
 
 
Caundle-Purse
 
 
 
Chalbury
 
 
 
Chaldon Herring
 
 
 
Chetnole
 
 
 
Chettle
 
 
 
Chideock
 
 
 
Clifton Maybank
 
 
 
Colehill
 
 
 
Corfe Castle
 
 
 
Corfe Mullen
 
 
 
Cranborne
 
 
 
Dewlish
 
 
 
Dorchester
 
 
 
East Chaldon
 
 
 
East Holme
 
 
 
East Lulworth
 
 
 
East Stour
 
 
 
Edmondsham
 
 
 
Ensbury
 
 
 
Farnham
 
 
 
Fifehead Magdalen
 
 
 
Fifehead Neville
 
 
 
Fleet
 
 
 
Folke
 
 
 
Fontmell Magna
 
 
 
Frampton
 
 
 
Gillingham
 
 
 
Glanvilles Wootton
 
 
 
Godmanstone
 
 
 
Gussage All Saints
 
 
 
Hampreston
 
 
 
Hamworthy
 
 
 
Hermitage
 
 
 
Hilfield
 
 
 
Hilton
 
 
 
Hinton Martell
 
 
 
Holt
 
 
 
Holwell
 
 
 
Hooke
 
 
 
Horton
 
 
 
Iwerne Minster
 
 
 
Kingston
 
 
 
Langton Long Blandford
 
 
 
Langton Matravers
 
 
 
Leigh
 
 
 
Littlebredy
 
 
 
Litton Cheney
 
 
 
Loders
 
 
 
Long Bredy
 
 
 
Long Crichel
 
 
 
Longburton
 
 
 
Longfleet
 
 
 
Lytchett Minster
 
 
 
Manston
 
 
 
Mappowder
 
 
 
Margaret Marsh
 
 
 
Marnhull
 
 
 
Marshwood
 
 
 
Martinstown
 
 
 
Melbury Abbas
 
 
 
Melbury Bubb
 
 
 
Melbury Osmond
 
 
 
Melcombe Bingham
 
 
 
Melcombe Regis
 
 
 
Melplash
 
 
 
Milborne St Andrew
 
 
 
Milton Abbas
 
 
 
Milton On Stour
 
 
 
Minterne Magna
 
 
 
Moreton
 
 
 
Nether Compton
 
 
 
Netherbury
 
 
 
North Poorton
 
 
 
Oborne
 
 
 
Over Compton
 
 
 
Owermoigne
 
 
 
Parkstone
 
 
 
Piddletrenthide
 
 
 
Pilsdon
 
 
 
Plush
 
 
 
Portesham (Portisham)
 
 
 
Powerstock (Poorstock)
 
 
 
Preston
 
 
 
Pulham
 
 
 
Puncknowle
 
 
 
Purse Caundle
 
 
 
Ryme Intrinseca
 
 
 
Stalbridge
 
 
 
Stratton
 
 
 
Sturminster Newton
 
 
 
Sutton Waldron
 
 
 
Swanage
 
 
 
Swyre
 
 
 
Sydling St Nicholas
 
 
 
Symondsbury
 
 
 
Tarrant Gunville
 
 
 
Tarrant Hinton
 
 
 
Tarrant Keyneston
 
 
 
Tarrant Rushton
 
 
 
Thornford
 
 
 
Tolpuddle
 
 
 
Turnworth
 
 
 
Wareham
 
 
 
West Chelborough
 
 
 
West Knighton
 
 
 
West Lulworth
 
 
 
West Moors
 
 
 
West Orchard
 
 
 
West Parley
 
 
 
West Stour
 
 
 
Weymouth
 
 
 
Whitchurch Canonicorum
 
 
 
Wimborne Minster
 
 
 
Wimborne St Giles
 
 
 
Winterborne Abbas
 
 
 
Winterborne Clenston
 
 
 
Winterborne Houghton
 
 
 
Winterborne Kingston
 
 
 
Winterborne Monkton
 
 
 
Winterborne Muston
 
 
 
Winterborne Whitchurch
 
 
 
Winterbourne Steepleton
 
 
 
Witchampton
 
 
 
Woodsford
 
 
 
Woolland
 
 
 
Wyke Regis
 
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== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
===Baptismal Records===
 
Church of England parish register baptism records usually contain:
 
 
 
*Baptism date
 
*Name of the child
 
*Sex of the child
 
*Legitimacy of the child
 
*Marital status of the parents
 
*Social class of the parents
 
*Name of the father and often mother’s given name
 
*May list the residence of the parents, especially after 1812
 
 
 
===Marriage Records===
 
Church of England parish register marriage records usually contain:
 
 
 
*Marriage date
 
*Name of the bride and groom
 
*Age of the bride and groom
 
*May list names of parents or other relatives
 
*Residence of the bride and groom
 
*Marital status of individuals and couples
 
*May list the dates that the marriage was announced (also called “banns published”). This normally took place on three separate occasions prior to the marriage and gave anyone with a valid reason a chance to object to the marriage.
 
*After 1754, the full names of witnesses
 
*After 1837, the full names of the fathers
 
*May note if a spouse is single or widowed at the time of the marriage.
 
 
 
===Burial Records===
 
Church of England parish register burial records usually contain:
 
 
 
*Burial date
 
*Name of the deceased. If the deceased is a child, the father’s name might be given. If the deceased is a married woman, the husband’s name might be given.
 
*Age of the person
 
*Residence of the deceased
 
*May give the sex of the deceased
 
*Residence of the deceased
 
 
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
 
 
===Search the Collection===
 
'''To search by index:'''<br>
 
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
 
 
 
'''Browsing by image:'''<br>
 
Currently, images are not available for browsing. Attempting to access the images by clicking the Browse images link on the collection landing page will eventually lead to an screen indicating that images are not available.
 
 
 
'''When searching:'''<br>
 
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
 
 
 
=== Using the Information  ===
 
 
 
Baptism or christening records list the parents’ names, making it possible for you to connect your ancestor to an earlier generation. You may find a birth date listed or be able to approximate a birth date. After 1812, the baptismal records list a place of residence, making it easier to identify your family by where they lived. The records also list the father’s occupation, which makes it easier to identify your ancestor's family when more than one family with the same name lived in the parish.
 
 
 
Marriage records sometimes state the residence for the bride and groom. You can use this information to look for their baptisms and to identify the children of this couple. Sometimes the groom’s occupation is listed, which could help you find more records about the groom. Marriage records after 1754 list the names of witnesses, who were often family members. These can help you identify your ancestor’s family. Signatures in the records might be used to identify a particular individual by the handwriting style.
 
 
 
After 1812, and sometimes before, burial records include the age of the deceased. Use this age to approximate the person’s birth year and to find the baptismal record. If the deceased is a child, the parents’ names might be given. This information helps to extend your family another generation. The occupation of a deceased male might be given (especially after 1812) and can help identify your ancestor when there is more than one person by that name in the area. Knowing the occupation might also provide you the opportunity to find other records about your ancestor.
 
 
 
=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
 
 
 
*Transcription is a human process and can include error. If you are searching a computer data base which has been indexed exactly as viewed, it may be necessary to search on variants of the given name and surname.
 
*The transcriber may have faithfully rendered Thos. or a Latin spelling like Xpher and your search for Thomas or Christopher may not produce a search result.
 
*Parish register entries may not correspond with post 1837 Civil Registration certificates. The registration of Marriages involves a quarterly return from each authorized person (Registrar General approved) to the local Registry Office and each Registry Office in turn to form a National Index.
 
*The transcription of information from the event may not correspond to the original entry.<br>
 
*Since Civil Birth registrations are only partial in the early decades of Civil registration parish registers may be the only source of record for infant birth and death in a period of high infant mortality rates.
 
 
 
=== General Information About These Records  ===
 
 
 
Parish registers are one of the best sources for identifying individuals and connecting them to parents, spouses, and other generations. In July 1837 the government instituted the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. However, parish registers continue to play an important role because they are often more readily available than civil registers. Bishops’ transcripts are a backup source for parish registers that are missing or illegible. If possible, you may want to search both the parish registers and the bishops’ transcripts since one is a handwritten copy of the other and might contain differences.<br>
 
 
 
Banns indicate the parish of residence of the bride and groom. This information often leads to the records of another parish. You can search for the baptisms of the bride and groom in the parishes of residence since these might also be the parishes where they were born.
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
[http://www.dorsetforyou.com/dorsethistorycentre Dorset History Centre]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Dorset History Centre]]
 
*[[Dorset Church Records]]
 
*[[Dorset Parishes]]
 
*[[England Church Records]]
 
*[[Quick Research Links - England]]
 
 
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
 
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
 
 
 
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation | text= "England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-1936." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Church of England. Record Office, Dorchester.}}  
 
  
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Record Description
Record Type Parish Registers
Collection years 1538-1936
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Why Should I Look at This Collection?

Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are central to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.

To learn more about parish registers, please see the England Parish Registers page.

What is in This Collection?

This collection contains an index to and images of baptismal, marriage, and burial records. Availability of records may vary by year and locality.

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images of digitized records available for all users. However, the rights to view images on this website are ultimately granted by the record custodians. Due to their restrictions, the images in this collection are not available for general viewing, but may be accessed by registered FamilySearch Patrons. Registration for a free FamilySearch account can be done here.

For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-1936.

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can find records either by searching the index or viewing the record images. Before using either search method, it is best to know the following information:

  • Name of the person
  • Date range for the record

As you search, compare your results with this information to find a match.

Search the Index

  1. Go to the collection page.
  2. Enter the requested information into the search box.
  3. Click Search to return a list of possible matches.

View the Images

  1. Go to the collection browse page.
  2. Click on the correct County link.
  3. Click on the correct Town, Parish/Church link.
  4. Click on the correct Event Type and Year Range link to go to the image viewer.
  5. Use the onscreen controls to move between record images as you look for a match.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now?

  • Fully record all the information in the index entry. Also, do not forget to cite the record; see below for help citing records in this collection.
  • Make sure to look at an image of the original record. The online index entry only lists the most basic information from a record; the original may contain further information which was not included in the index. Save or print a copy of the image whenever possible.
  • If in the appropriate period, use the information which has been discovered to find the individual in civil records. Particularly useful for research in nineteenth-century England are the England Census and civil registration records.
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Remember that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to help with this decision. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
  • Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might appear under a different name in a record for a variety of reasons:
    • An individual might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name.
    • Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as recorders heard them. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation.
    • Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands.
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible matches. Try expanding the date range as well; this is especially useful in searching baptismal records, as it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth.
  • Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon. For this particular collection, this step may require finding records in the bordering English counties of Devonshire to the west, Somersetshire and Wiltshire to the north, or Hampshire to the east. Note that marriages usually took place in the parish where the bride resided.
  • The individual in question may not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination. See England Nonconformist Church Records for more information.

For additional help searching online collections see FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection

Citing sources correctly makes it easier to refer to information which has already been found, so proper citations are key to keeping track of research. Correct citations also allow others to check completed research by helping them find and examine records for themselves. Below are the proper citations to use for this collection as well as for individual records and images within the collection:

Collection Citation:

"England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-1936." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Church of England. Record Office, Dorchester.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-1936.


Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-1936.


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