Dorchester St Peter, Dorset Genealogy

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Dorchester St Peter

Guide to Dorchester St Peter, Dorset ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Dorchester St Peter, Dorset
Type Ecclesiastical Parish (England)
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Dorchester Borough
County Dorset, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Dorchester
Registration District Dorchester
Records begin
Parish registers: 1559
Bishop's Transcripts: 1739
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Dorchester
Diocese Salisbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Dorset
Location of Archive
Dorset History Centre

Parish History[edit | edit source]

DORCHESTER (St Peter): The town of Dorchester is divided into three parishes, viz., All Saints, commonly called All Hallows; St. Peter's; and the Holy Trinity,[1].

Dorchester capital of county, municipal borough, and market town, Dorset, on River Frome, 8 miles N of Weymouth and 138 miles SW of London by rail, 635 acres, pop. 7567; P.O., T.O., 4 Banks, 3 newspapers.[2]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records[edit | edit source]

Dorchester St Peter Online Parish Register Images and Indexes
1560-1799 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[3]
1890-1921 Ancestry[4] 1813-1889 Ancestry[5]
Indexes 1653-1775 findmypast[6]
1730-1837 Joiner[7]

Census records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Probate records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Dorset Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., Topographical Dictionary of England, publ. London: 1848. Date accessed: 06 July 2103.
  2. John Bartholomew., Gazetteer of the British Isles, publ. London and Edinburgh: 1887. Date accessed: 06 July 2013.
  3. Dorset, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Partially indexed.
  4. Dorset, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Partially indexed.
  5. Dorset, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-2001, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Partially indexed.
  6. 'Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,', accessed 5 July 2012.
  7. 'Search Marriage Records in Dorset,' The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 9 June 2012.