Dorset Family History Guide

Picturesque Dorset. Corfe Village and Castle
Picturesque Dorset. Corfe Village and Castle

Dorset is bounded North by Wiltshire and Somersetshire, East by Hampshire, South by the English Channel, and West by Devonshire; being about 50 miles long, and 27 broad. It has five great divisions, Blandford, Bridport, Dorchester, Shaston, and Sherborne, which are divided into numerous liberties and hundreds. Rivers, — the Stowr, the Frome, and the Ivel. It has 17 market towns. It is in the Province of Canterbury, in the Diocese of Bristol, and in the Western circuit. — Area, 1005 square miles, or 643,200 acres. Population, 175,043.

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

Parishes in Dorset

A

B

  • Batcombe, Dorset
  • Beaminster, Dorset
  • Beer Hackett, Dorset
  • Belchalwell, Dorset
  • Bere Regis, Dorset
  • Bettiscombe, Dorset
  • Bincombe, Dorset
  • Bishop’s Caundle, Dorset
  • Blandford Forum, Dorset
  • Blandford St Mary, Dorset
  • Bloxworth, Dorset
  • Bothenhampton, Dorset
  • Bourton, Dorset
  • Bradford Abbas, Dorset
  • Bradford Peverell, Dorset
  • Bradpole, Dorset
  • Bridport, Dorset
  • Broadmayne, Dorset
  • Broadway, Dorset
  • Broadwindsor, Dorset
  • Bryanston, Dorset
  • Buckhorn Weston, Dorset
  • Buckland Newton, Dorset
  • Buckland Ripers, Dorset
  • Burleston, Dorset
  • Burstock, Dorset
  • Burton Bradstock, Dorset

C

  • Castleton, Dorset
  • Catherston Leweston, Dorset
  • Cattistock, Dorset
  • Cerne Abbas, Dorset
  • Chalbury, Dorset
  • Chaldon Herring, Dorset
  • Charborough, Dorset
  • Chardstock, Dorset
  • Chardstock All Saints, Dorset
  • Charlton Marshall, Dorset
  • Charminster, Dorset
  • Charmouth, Dorset
  • Chedington, Dorset
  • Cheselbourne, Dorset
  • Chetnole, Dorset
  • Chettle, Dorset
  • Chickerell, Dorset
  • Chideock, Dorset
  • Chilcombe, Dorset
  • Childe Okeford, Dorset
  • Chilfrome, Dorset
  • Church Knowle, Dorset
  • Compton Abbas, Dorset
  • Compton Abbas West, Dorset
  • Compton Valence, Dorset
  • Coombe Keynes, Dorset
  • Corfe Castle, Dorset
  • Corfe Mullen, Dorset
  • Corscombe, Dorset
  • Cranborne with Boveridge, Dorset

D

  • Dewlish, Dorset
  • Dorchester All Saints, Dorset
  • Dorchester Holy Trinity with Frome Whitfield, Dorset
  • Dorchester St Peter, Dorset
  • Durweston, Dorset

E

  • East Chelborough, Dorset
  • East Holme, Dorset
  • East Lulworth, Dorset
  • East Orchard, Dorset
  • East Stoke, Dorset
  • East Stour, Dorset
  • East Woodyates, Dorset
  • Edmondsham, Dorset
  • Evershot, Dorset

F

  • Farnham, Dorset
  • Fifehead Magdalen, Dorset
  • Fifehead Neville, Dorset
  • Fleet, Dorset
  • Folke, Dorset
  • Fontmell Magna, Dorset
  • Fordington, Dorset
  • Frampton, Dorset
  • Frome St Quintin, Dorset
  • Frome Vauchurch, Dorset

G

  • Gillingham, Dorset
  • Godmanstone, Dorset
  • Gorewood, Dorset
  • Great Canford, Dorset
  • Gussage All Saints, Dorset
  • Gussage St Michael, Dorset

H

  • Halstock, Dorset
  • Hammoon, Dorset
  • Hampreston, Dorset
  • Hamworthy, Dorset
  • Handley, Dorset
  • Hanford, Dorset
  • Hawkchurch, Dorset
  • Haydon, Dorset
  • Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset
  • Hermitage, Dorset
  • Hilfield, Dorset
  • Hilton, Dorset
  • Hinton Martel, Dorset
  • Hinton Parva, Dorset
  • Hinton St Mary, Dorset
  • Holnest, Dorset
  • Holwell, Dorset
  • Hooke, Dorset
  • Horton, Dorset

I

  • Ibberton, Dorset
  • Iwerne Courtney, Dorset
  • Iwerne Minster, Dorset
  • Iwerne Stepleton, Dorset

K

  • Kimmeridge, Dorset
  • Kingston, Dorset
  • Kingston Russell, Dorset
  • Kington Magna, Dorset

L

  • Langton Herring, Dorset
  • Langton Long, Dorset
  • Langton Matravers, Dorset
  • Leigh, Dorset
  • Leweston, Dorset
  • Lillington, Dorset
  • Littlebredy, Dorset
  • Litton Cheney, Dorset
  • Loders, Dorset
  • Long Bredy, Dorset
  • Long Burton, Dorset
  • Long Crichel, Dorset
  • Longfleet, Dorset
  • Lydlinch, Dorset
  • Lyme Regis, Dorset
  • Lytchett Matravers, Dorset
  • Lytchett Minster, Dorset

M

  • Maiden Newton, Dorset
  • Manston, Dorset
  • Mapperton, Dorset
  • Mappowder, Dorset
  • Margaret Marsh, Dorset
  • Marnhull, Dorset
  • Marsh Caundle, Dorset
  • Marshwood, Dorset
  • Melbury Abbas, Dorset
  • Melbury Bubb, Dorset
  • Melbury Osmond, Dorset
  • Melbury Sampford, Dorset
  • Melcombe Horsey, Dorset
  • Melcombe Regis, Dorset
  • Melplaish, Dorset
  • Milborne St Andrew, Dorset
  • Milton Abbas, Dorset
  • Minterne Magna, Dorset
  • Monkton Wyld, Dorset
  • Moor Crichel, Dorset
  • Morden, Dorset
  • Moreton, Dorset
  • Mosterton, Dorset
  • Motcombe, Dorset

N

  • Nether Cerne, Dorset
  • Nether Compton, Dorset
  • Netherbury, Dorset
  • North Poorton, Dorset
  • North Wootton, Dorset

O

  • Oborne, Dorset
  • Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset
  • Osmington, Dorset
  • Over Compton, Dorset
  • Owermoigne, Dorset

P

  • Parkstone St Peter, Dorset
  • Pentridge, Dorset
  • Piddlehinton, Dorset
  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
  • Pilson, Dorset
  • Pimperne, Dorset
  • Poole St James, Dorset
  • Portesham, Dorset
  • Portland, Dorset
  • Portland St John, Dorset
  • Powerstock with West Milton, Dorset
  • Poxwell, Dorset
  • Preston, Dorset
  • Puddletown, Dorset
  • Pulham, Dorset
  • Puncknowle, Dorset
  • Purse Caundle, Dorset

R

  • Radipole, Dorset
  • Rampisham, Dorset
  • Ryme Instrinseca, Dorset

S

  • Shaftesbury Holy Trinity, Dorset
  • Shaftesbury St James, Dorset
  • Shaftesbury St Peter, Dorset
  • Shaftesbury St Rumbold, Dorset
  • Shapwick, Dorset
  • Sherborne, Dorset
  • Shillingstone, Dorset
  • Shipton George, Dorset
  • Silton, Dorset
  • South Perrot, Dorset
  • Spetisbury, Dorset
  • Stalbridge, Dorset
  • Stanton St Gabriel, Dorset
  • Steeple, Dorset
  • Stinsford, Dorset
  • Stock Gaylard, Dorset
  • Stockwood, Dorset
  • Stoke Abbott, Dorset
  • Stoke Wake, Dorset
  • Stour Provost, Dorset
  • Stourpaine, Dorset
  • Stourton Caundle, Dorset
  • Stratton, Dorset
  • Studland, Dorset
  • Sturminster Marshall, Dorset
  • Sturminster Newton, Dorset
  • Sutton Waldron, Dorset
  • Swanage, Dorset
  • Swyre, Dorset
  • Sydling St Nicholas, Dorset
  • Symondsbury with Eype and Broadoak, Dorset

T

  • Tarrant Crawford, Dorset
  • Tarrant Gunville, Dorset
  • Tarrant Hinton, Dorset
  • Tarrant Keynston, Dorset
  • Tarrant Monkton with Tarrant Launceston, Dorset
  • Tarrant Rawston, Dorset
  • Tarrant Rushton, Dorset
  • Thorncombe, Dorset
  • Thornford, Dorset
  • Tincleton, Dorset
  • Todbere, Dorset
  • Tollard Royal, Dorset
  • Toller Fratrum, Dorset
  • Toller Porcorum, Dorset
  • Tolpuddle, Dorset
  • Turnerspuddle, Dorset
  • Turnworth, Dorset
  • Tyneham, Dorset

U

  • Upcerne, Dorset
  • Upwey, Dorset

W

  • Walditch, Dorset
  • Wambrook, Dorset
  • Wareham, Dorset
  • Warmwell, Dorset
  • Watercombe, Dorset
  • West Chelborough, Dorset
  • West Fordington, Dorset
  • West Knighton, Dorset
  • West Lulworth, Dorset
  • West Orchard, Dorset
  • West Parley, Dorset
  • West Stafford, Dorset
  • West Stour, Dorset
  • West Woodyates, Dorset
  • Weymouth, Dorset
  • Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset
  • Whitcombe, Dorset
  • Wimborne Minster, Dorset
  • Wimborne St Giles, Dorset
  • Winfrith Newburgh, Dorset
  • Winterbourne Abbas, Dorset
  • Winterbourne Anderson, Dorset
  • Winterbourne Came, Dorset
  • Winterbourne Clenstone, Dorset
  • Winterbourne Houghton, Dorset
  • Winterbourne Kingston, Dorset
  • Winterbourne Monkton, Dorset
  • Winterbourne St Martin, Dorset
  • Winterbourne Steepleton, Dorset
  • Winterbourne Stickland, Dorset
  • Winterbourne Tomson, Dorset
  • Winterbourne Whitchurch, Dorset
  • Winterbourne Zelstone, Dorset
  • Witchampton, Dorset
  • Woodlands, Dorset
  • Woodsford, Dorset
  • Wool, Dorset
  • Wooland, Dorset
  • Wootton Fitzpaine, Dorset
  • Wootton Glanville, Dorset
  • Worth Matravers, Dorset
  • Wraxall, Dorset
  • Wyke Regis, Dorset
  • Wynford Eagle, Dorset

Y

  • Yetminster, Dorset
This article was updated on February 12, 2020