In addition to the items shown in the Research section of the menu bar, here is a list of items kept at our Treetops Research Centre for research. Many of the items have been donated or loaned to the Society.
Details of how you can research these records are set out on our Research Service page.
IGI 1992 Edition (on microfiche)
The Society holds copies for ENGLAND, IRELAND, SCOTLAND, WALES and the CHANNEL ISLANDS.
Dorset Strays Index
[Strays are ancestors who turn up in records away from their birthplace or the place with which they were normally associated. For example, if a man born in Dorchester emigrates to Canada and dies there, his memorial may record “Born Dorchester, England”. Similarly, a man may marry in London but the register entry may record him as, “of the parish of Poole, Dorset”. Another kind of stray is the Bridport man who appears in armed service records.]
Strays revealed by the 1881 census are excluded due to the easy availability of that information elsewhere, but the index does include Dorset men serving in the Hampshire Police.
Search gives full information per surname.
Send information on new Strays to Treetops Research Centre
Dorset Early Census
- Corfe Castle 1790-91
- Horton & Woodlands 1821
- Poole 1574
- Poole Poll Books 1832-1868
- Puddletown 1724, 1725, 1729, 1769
Index to Dorset Wills & Admons (1568-1799 approx)
The index is of Wills and Admons proved in the courts of the Diocese of Bristol, the Archdeaconry of Dorset and several Peculiars. It provides a surname search facility and yields a reference to locate the deed plus, in some cases, additional information.
Newspaper Index (Mainly Births, Marriages and Deaths)
As well as a large collection of Newspaper Cuttings, Leaflets, etc. we have an index to:
- Christchurch & Bournemouth Chronicle 1872 – 1875
- Dorset Free Press 1874 – 1875
- Parkstone Reminder 1880 -1881
- Poole & SW Herald 1865
- Poole & Dorset Herald 1881 – 1887 and 1891
School Log Books
We have transcripts of the following School Log Books:
- Christchurch National School for Boys (1896 -1921)
- Christchurch National School for Girls (1863 -1897)
- Lockyer’s School, Corfe Mullen – 1862 – 1913
- Hamworthy School (1874 -1921)
- Lytchett Matravers(1879 -1919)
- Parkstone, Courthill Road, County Primary School 1910-1970
- Parkstone, Courthill Road, County Primary School (Infants Dept) 1913-1970
The log books give accounts of daily life and provide a fascinating insight into the social / local history of the schools. There is a surname index which includes pupils, teachers and visitors.
Dorset Quarter Sessions – 1625 – 1638
Diary of Henry Rolls (1803 – 1877) of East Lulworth – 1833 – 1873
Guide to Genealogical material in the Newfoundland & Labrador Collection, St John’s Public Libraries.
Woodlands Tythe Map 1841
Charles Booth’s Descriptive map of London Poverty dated 1899
Poole Skinner St. URC (Poole Independent Church)
Index of Surnames in Dorset FHS Journals Vols 1-21
Fee is per surname searched.
Search fee: Members £2 – Non Members £4