Bournemouth, Hampshire Genealogy

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Coat of arms
Motto: Pulchritudo et Salubritas
Coordinates: 50°43′01″N 1°52′44″W / 50.717°N 1.879°W / 50.717; -1.879
Country England
County Dorset
Historic County Hampshire
Founded 1810
Borough status 1890
Founder Lewis Tregonwell

Bournemouth was founded in 1810 on heathland, by the sea, within what was the Liberty of Westover in the parish of Holdenhurst in Hampshire.

In 1837 when civil registration commenced the settlement was included within the Christchurch registration district. Bournemouth's growth accelerated with the arrival of the railway, becoming a recognised town in 1870.

In 1894, four years after gaining borough status (1890) Bournemouth became it's own civil parish. At the same time new civil parishes of Winton and Southbourne were also created. These continued until 1902 when they were both amalgamated along with Pokesdown into a much larger Bournemouth civil parish still part of the Christchurch district.

In 1925 the registration district was renamed Bournemouth & Christchurch. Seven years later in 1932 this was divided into separate districts for each town.

As part of the reorganisation of local government in 1974, county boundaries were changed resulting in Bournemouth becoming part of Dorset.

The town celebrated its bi-centennary in 2010.


Civil Registration

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.

  • Jul 1837 - Jun 1925 Christchurch district
  • Jul 1925 - Sep 1932 Bournemouth & Christchurch district
  • Oct 1932 - present Bournemouth district

Church records

List of parishes

Name Date Created from
Bournemouth St Peter 1845 Christchurch and Holdenhurst
Pokesdown St James 1859 Christchurch and Holdenhurst
Bournemouth Holy Trinity 1867 St Peter
Bournemouth St Clement 1871 Christchurch and Holdenhurst
Bournemouth St Michael 1874 St Peter
Moordown St John the Baptist 1874 Christchurch and Holdenhurst
Bournemouth St Stephen 1882 St Peter
Southbourne St Katherine 1885 Christchurch and Holdenhurst
Boscombe St John the Evangelist 1890 St Clement
Bournemouth St Paul 1878 St Michael
Bournemouth St Augustine 1893 St Stephen

Available from the FHL

The following list of churches is from the Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog

  • Bishop's transcripts for Holy Trinity Church, Bournemouth, 1867-1871 / Church of England. Holy Trinity Church (Bournemouth, Hampshire)
  • Church records, 1887-1978 / Boscombe United Reformed Church (Bournemouth, Hampshire: Congregational)
  • Church records, 1921-1931 / St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Bournemouth, England)
  • Church records, 1923-1936 / St. Mark's Presbyterian Church (Bournemouth, England)
  • Monumental inscriptions, 1790-1900 / Church of England. St. Peter's Church (Bournemouth)
  • Parish registers of St. Clement Bournemouth Church, 1871-1945 / Church of England. St. Clement's Church ( Bournemouth, Hampshire)

Census records

Probate Records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Hampshire 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

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.


Wikipedia has more about this subject: History of Bournemouth