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Dorset history resources

Search our online catalogue, explore your family history and discover guides to your research.

  • Dorset History Centre catalogues Search our catalogue

    Dorset History Centre's online catalogue gives access to over 280,000 catalogue entries, with more being added all the time. Please note: documents are not available to view online, it is for reference only.

  • Powys Family Ancestry

    Dorset History Centre has worked with the family history website Ancestry to digitise Dorset records. This means that many of our most important family history sources can now be viewed online. The website can be accessed without charge at Dorset History Centre and in libraries across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

  • Allenborne pupils at Wimborne Model Town Learning resources

    Discover engaging learning materials using primary sources from Dorset's archives that are suitable for a range of ages.

  • D HBT 2486a farmer and sheep Research guidance

    Some useful guides for your research.

  • Who's Afear'd of Family History Publications for sale

    All publications are available at Dorset History Centre, or send a cheque made payable to Dorset County Council to Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RP.

  • Photograph of wedding groupFamily history sessions

    Are you interested in family history but not sure where to start? Our one-off sessions look at the basic resources that can be used in genealogical research.

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