Swanage, Dorset Genealogy

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

Swanage, Dorset
Type Ancient parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Rowbarrow
County Dorset, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Wareham and Purbeck
Registration District Wareham
Records begin
Parish registers: 1563
Bishop's Transcripts: 1731
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]

SWANWICH (St. Mary the Virgin), a market town and parish, in the union of Wareham and Purbeck, hundred of Rowbarrow, Wareham division of Dorset, 6 miles ESE from Corfe-Castle, and 122 SW by W from London. Here are places of worship for Independents and Wesleyans.[1]

SWANAGE, or Swanwich (St. Mary the Virgin), a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Wareham district, Dorset. The village stands on Swanage bay, 9 miles SE of Wareham railway station; was known, at Domesday, as Swanawic or Sonwic. It has two dissenting chapels.[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]

Swanage Online Parish Register Images and Indexes
 
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Earliest
1560
1564
1560
Images
1560-1819 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[3]
1813-1906 Ancestry[4] 1813-1909 Ancestry[5] 1813-1929 Ancestry[6]
Indexes 1731-1880 Ancestry[7] 1564-1841 findmypast[8]
1565-1837 Joiner[9]
1790-1812 Ancestry[10]

Swangae parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FREG = FreeREG - free[11]
Swanage Online Parish Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FREG 1563-1812
1568-1812
1567-1812

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. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England, publ. London: 1848. Date accessed: 10 July 2013.
  2. John M. Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, publ. London and Edinburgh: 1870. Date accessed: 10 July 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. 'Vital Records Index - British Isles - Collection List,' British Isles Vital Records Index, 2nd ed., hosted at Genoot, accessed 14 April 2012.
  8. 'Dorset Marriages,' Find My Past, accessed 28 July 2012.
  9. 'Search Marriage Records in Dorset,' The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 4 July 2012.
  10. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm
  11. 'Dorset Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 10 January 2014.