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Enquiries and research services

We can offer advice, list relevant sources, and carry out checks of indexes for you.

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Copying services

Copy documents from our collections during your visit or ask our staff to send copies to you.

Dorchester Prison Register Tolpuddle Martyrs NG-PR_D2


Many Dorset records relating to family history can be viewed via the Ancestry website.

How to use Searchroom in use Dec 2014

How to use the Dorset History Centre

How to use the family history room, search room and local studies library.

Family tree D GIM IB 5 1 1

Getting started with family history

An introduction to useful family history sources.

Plan of detatched house Holdenhost Road 1927

Getting started with house history

Tips for researching the history of your house.

Local studies library 2016 (8)

Publications for sale

We sell publications relating to local history.

Dorchester Prison Register NG-PR1_D5_1

Data protection

Data protection laws impact what information you can access.


Last year we raised money to successfully purchase a collection of documents related to Thomas Hardy. On the blog……

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