Abbotsbury, Dorset Genealogy

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

Abbotsbury, Dorset
Abbotsbury St Nicholas, Dorset.jpg
Abbotsbury St Nicholas
Type England Jurisdictions
England Jurisdictions
England Jurisdictions
England Civil Registration
Rural Deanery (England)
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Uggscombe
County Dorset, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Weymouth
Registration District Weymouth
Records begin
Parish registers: 1574
Bishop's Transcripts: 1731
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Bridport
Diocese Salisbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Dorset
Bishops Court Court of the Bishop of Bristol (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Dorset History Centre

Parish History[edit | edit source]

ABBOTSBURY, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Weymouth, Dorset. The village stands in a vale, about a mile from the sea, 7¼ miles W of the Weymouth railway, and 9 SW of Dorchester. The parish contains also the hamlets of Rodden and Elworth; [1].

Here is a 1848 perspective of this parish:

ABBOTSBURY (St. Nicholas), a parish, and formerly a market-town, in the union of Weymouth, hundred of Uggscombe, Dorchester division of Dorset, 8¼ miles WSW from Dorchester, and 129 SW by W from London. With the hamlets of Rodden and Elworth.[2].

An additional chapel called St. Catherine's chapel, was supposed to have been erected in the reign of Edward IV., stands on an eminence south-west of the town, and serves only as a land-mark.

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]

Online Abbotsbury, Dorset Genealogy Parish Register Images and Indexes
1560-1819 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[3]
1813-1919 Ancestry[4] 1813-1921 Ancestry[5] 1813-1919 Ancestry[6]
Indexes 1726-1812 findmypast[7] 1646-1837 Joiner[8] 1567-1934 findmypast[9]
1731-1879 OnlineParishClerks 1651-1771 findmypast[10] 1731-1880 OnlineParishClerks
1771-1836 OnlineParishClerks
1813-1837 findmypast[11]

Non-Conformist Records[edit | edit source]

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. John M. Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, publ. London and Edinburgh: 1870-72. Date accessed: 03 July 2103.
  2. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England, (1848). Accessed: 31 Jan. 2013.
  3. Dorset, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Partially indexed.
  4. Dorset, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Partially indexed.
  5. Dorset, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Partially indexed.
  6. Dorset, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-2001, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Partially indexed.
  7. 'Dorset Baptism Index,' Find My Past, accessed 21 May 2012.
  8. 'Search Marriage Records in Dorset,' The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 21 May 2012.
  9. 'Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage,' Find My Past, accessed 11 April 2012. For a breakdown of missing years, see 'National Burial Index - Coverage: Dorset,' Federation of Family History Societies, accessed 23 April 2012.
  10. "Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,", accessed 21 May 2012.
  11. 'Dorset Marriages,' Find My Past, accessed 21 May 2012.