While our opening hours are reduced, we are providing Ancestry Library Edition access to you from home.

  1. Visit the Libraries West website and log in with your library card number
  2. Once you are signed in you will be able to see a link to 'Access to Ancestry Library Edition'
  3. Click on the link to enjoy the same access you would receive in your local library

If you are not a member, you can join the library online.

What you can search for

You can trace your family history and search:

  • censuses for England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands from 1841 to 1901
  • there are also a few military, immigration/emigration, court and probate records
  • England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes for births, deaths and marriages
  • UK and Ireland parish and probate records from the 1500s to the 1800s and even earlier

It's simple to use. Just type in your ancestor's name and any other details you know, such as when and where they were born or when they got married.

Visit the Dorset History Centre pages for more information on tracing your family history.

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