Dorset history resources
Search our online catalogue, explore your family history and discover guides to your research.
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.
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.
Discover engaging learning materials using primary sources from Dorset's archives that are suitable for a range of ages.
Some useful guides for your research.
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.
Family 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.