Here are some links to family, local and national history sites that you may find of interest. Many have been suggested to us by our Members.

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Dorset Specific Sites “General” & Research Sites

Dorset Specific Sites

Broadstone’s War Memorials

This website has been compiled to keep alive the memory of the men and women from Broadstone who died in World Wars I and II.

Christchurch Local History Society

This Society is dedicated to the study of the past of this ancient borough and the preservation of all aspects of their surviving heritage.

Dorset For You

Provides information from a number of local Councils to give people easy and effective access to local government services.

Dorset History Centre

The Dorset History Centre, in Dorchester, unites two services – Dorset’s Archives and Dorset Local Studies.

Dorset History Network

For everyone with an interest in any aspect of the history of the ancient and modern county of Dorset: local history, landscape history, family history, archaeology and the built environment are just a few of the interests of members. It seeks to encourage the use of a wide range of source materials including museum artefacts, archives and local studies collections for all historical periods and subject areas.

East Dorset First World War

This project wants to find out about those from, or with connections to, Wimborne and East Dorset, who served in any way (not just in the forces). What roles were played by women and children, those in reserved occupations or Conscientious Objectors. Also, how the environment changed as a result of the war.

Milton Abbas Local History Group

An active and enthusiastic group researching the history of this amazing place. Its aim is to build a complete history of Milton Abbas from 934 to the present day. Some ambition, but great FUN finding new things and exploring documents. A large project is focusing on the family history of people living here in the 18th and 19th centuries.  We would also like to hear from anyone with more recent ancestors.

Moordown Local History Society

Within these pages, they hope to provide all sorts of different Moordown History ‘snippets’ — about people, places, stories, pictures..and anything else that you think might be appropriate.

Poole, the First World War and its Legacy

How did the war affect all involved; from those who fought, and made munitions in the factories to those nursing wounded soldiers and those left in Poole? Uncover the stories of the 700 Poole men who fell, the ones who returned and the women who supported the war effort.

Poole History Online

Discover a wealth of local heritage information and images. The website’s rich resource of thousands of photographs, documents and maps has been compiled and digitised by volunteers working in Poole History Centre over the years since it was founded in 2000.

Poole & District Philatelic & Postcard Club

Philately is actively pursued in the Bournemouth area with the many clubs holding meetings, shows and open days.

Poole View

This is where you can find out all you need to know about where to stay, what to do and where to eat when you visit Poole. Includes family history and Church links.

Isle of Purbeck

In detail, gives all aspects in text, maps and pictures. Coverage timewise from pre-history to the present day.

Society of Dorset Men

The Society encourages members to be enthusiastic about all things “Dorset” and to foster a love and pride in the County, to ensure that its history, culture and traditions are not forgotten and to preserve and cherish the Dorset dialect.

Society of Poole Men

The object of the Society ‘shall be to arouse and maintain an interest in all that appertains to the welfare and progress of the Borough of the Town of Poole’.

Streets of Bournemouth

A virtual museum of individual memories, maps, publications, photographs, paintings and the history of the town.

Verwood Heritage Centre

Much work has been done over the years by Verwood Historical Society members to ensure the preservation of the history of Verwood in oral, written, photographic and tangible form. Whilst this Society has now closed the Heritage Centre holds all their information.

Western Front Association (Wessex Branch)

The Western Front Association (WFA) is an organisation formed with the aim of furthering interest in The Great War of 1914-1918. The Wessex Branch is one of 48 affiliated regional branches of the WFA in the UK and this website aims to keep you informed of the various branch activities.

“General” & Research Sites

Adoption Website

This website is intended to be the first port of call for anyone thinking about searching for or making contact with birth and adopted relatives or researching an adoption that took place in the UK.

Australian newspapers

Historical Australian newspapers which could be useful to those members whose ancestors have gone to Australia.

Barnsley Family History Society

Helping you to trace your ancestors in the Barnsley area.

Census Finder

Links to a large number of free census records online – UK, US, Canada, Norway & Sweden.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The “Debt of Honour Register” is the Commission’s database listing the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations worldwide where they are commemorated. The register can also be searched for details of the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the Second World War.

Convicts to Australia

A Guide to Researching your Convict Ancestors – provides links to various online source materials.

Federation of Family History Societies

Provides links to over 210 family history societies and other genealogical organisations world-wide, which it represents, advises and supports.

Free UK Genealogy

A CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) acting as an umbrella organisation for three individual projects: FreeBMD, FreeREG and FreeCEN, working with volunteers to make transcriptions of the England and Wales Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths (FreeBMD), historic Parish Registers (FreeREG) and 19th Century Censuses (FreeCEN). Each of the projects is a significant undertaking and in total, more than ten thousand volunteers have contributed over 350,000,000 records.

Genealogy Specialists

“Our aim is to offer mutual FREE help to each other in tracing our ancestors, following our family trees, and putting flesh on the skeletons that we discover. With a membership that stretches through 18 time zones around the world, and helpful moderators/admin on both sides of the globe, members will belong to an international, but friendly community. Our membership ranges from enthusiastic amateurs to professional genealogists, and if we do not know an answer we will certainly be able to point members in the right direction to find one.”


(GENealogical EVents and Activities). A full list of known Family History Fairs, events and activities can be found on this online calendar.

Guild of One-Name Studies (GOONS)

An umbrella group for one-name study organisations based at the Society of Genealogists in London. Site gives details of publications and activities.

The Historical Street & Pub History Directory

Useful if you have publican ancestors in London, Essex, Kent, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Middlesex, Suffolk, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Sussex, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Devon or Dorset.

Marriage Records

A site to help you, whatever your interest in marriage records!

The National Archives – Kew

Has one of the largest archival collections in the world, spanning 1,000 years of British history, from the Domesday Book of 1086 to government papers recently released to the public.

National Federation of Cemetery Friends

Caring about the future of Britain’s Cemeteries. Formation of the Federation was the result of heritage and conservation minded groups concerned about the decline in care of Victorian cemeteries meeting like minded volunteers.

New Brunswick Provincial Archives

They have a full index of BMDs for 1800 to 1960. If you are fortunate enough to find anyone you should be able to download a jpg of the certificate – for free! The certificate gives quite a lot more info than English ones do.

Northern Ancestors

Suggested for those members who have ancestors in the North – particularly around Yorkshire.

Postal History

Did your ancestor work for the Post Office? This site may be able to help you find out more about them.


A heritage project dedicated to finding, tracking and recording any mention of Romany Gypsy families and individuals between the years 1500-1900, in the United Kingdom & United States of America.

Romany & Traveller FHS

A group of keen family historians with a special interest in their British Gypsy and Traveller roots.

Science Museum

Useful if you think your ancestor may have invented something – or even if they didn’t. They say they have lots of information on ordinary people. This link is to a free Guide “Uncovering Your Ancestors”.


This project has been going for over ten years now and at least 10 counties have put their transcriptions of Registrar’s original registers on line. Follow the link for more details and an explanation of their difference from the transcriptions at FreeBMD.

A Vision of Britain Through Time

Britain between 1801 and 2001. Includes a huge number of places and maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions.

Cymru’n CofioWales Remembers 1914 – 1918

The official site for information on how Wales will mark the centenary of the First World War in Wales.

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