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Wellington Churchwardens Accounts 1611-1637 and 1656-1683

This Society publication, of the accounts from Wellington in Somerset, are of particular interest to those researching early ancestors from this parish because the earliest register of births, marriages and deaths does not commence until 1683. The original churchwardens accounts…..

£12.80

West Bay – Swimming and Some More

(Elizabeth Buckler Gale)  This book looks at the history of Bridport Harbour, now known as West Bay, and the Bridport Swimming Club which was founded in 1898, along with the author’s family’s ties to the town. Includes over 70 photographs……

£7.75

Woman at War, My Ancestor Was A

(Emma Jolly) Researching female ancestors at war requires a different approach from that of standard military history research. This book explores women’s military roles in the past, and discusses the wide range of occupations that women could undertake during a…..

£9.99

Cassini Old Series Map – Sheet 183, Yeovil & Frome – 1811-1817

The map covers the same area, is reproduced to the same scale (1:50,000), carries the same map number and uses the same British National Grid Reference, as the corresponding Ordnance Survey Landranger© map.

£7.99

Coalminer, My Ancestor Was a

(David Tonks) Fifty years ago Britain was reliant on coal for its energy needs.  Across the country, over a million Brits worked as miners, risking injury and often their lives to extract this “black gold” from the earth. This book…..

£9.99

Dorset Assizes, Stories from the – Villains, Victims and Tragedies

Stories of some of the dramas, tragedies and even comedies that played out at the Dorset assize courts during the nineteenth century. Collectively the stories paint a fascinating picture, not just of nineteenth century crime, but also of the prevailing…..

£9.99

Montacute, Under the Shadow of the Hill 1939 – 1945

(Clarence Bradley).  The author, who moved to Montacute from Stoke-sub-Hamdon three years after his birth, joined the Air Training Corps in his teens.  This nurtured in him an interest in military aviation and local people’s involvement in the Second World…..

£12.99

Tracing Your Georgian Ancestors 1714-1837

(John Wintrip)  This period is before the censuses and civil registration, and so more difficult to research. The book provides a description of aspects of  life in the Georgian period, and a detailed guide to the variety of the genealogically…..

£14.99

Woodlands

(Anne Horsfall) Woodland in Dorset is a diversity of mixed plantations, conifers, beech belts, deciduous woods and copses.  Ancient oak and hazel woods are scarce, but have long and interesting histories associated with Royal Forests, monastic estates, medieval deer parks…..

£4.95

Bastard, My Ancestor Was a

(Ruth Paley)  A family historians guide to sources for illegitimacy in England and Wales, this book provides an introduction to the world of the unmarried mother and her child and discusses how best to formulate a research strategy. It describes…..

£7.99

Coker Canvas – The Textile Industry of the Somerset/Dorset Border

(Richard Sims)  Coker Canvas provides the first detailed account of the textile trade in the area around East and West Coker.  Textiles have formed the core of area’s economy from the 17th century and, although not as important as it once…..

£12.00

Marnhull – Where’s That To In Marn’ll Then?

(Adrian Bailey)  A guide to place names in Marnhull. The author, who became confused in trying to identify so many ‘local’ names as he struggled through his own family history research, decided to trace them all. The book provides a…..

£9.99

Towns

(John Porter) Dorset’s towns are the survivors of a once much larger number of urban settlements.  Bere Regis, Cerne Abbas, Charmouth, Corfe Castle, Cranborne, Milton Abbas and Stalbridge, were all once towns, with markets and fairs, even MPs, yet none…..

£4.95

Aisholt Parish Registers

A transcription of: Christenings 1598-1949, Marriages 1598-1958, Burials 1598-1949.

£7.20

Cassini Old Series Map – Sheet 194, Dorchester & Weymouth – 1811

The map covers the same area, is reproduced to the same scale (1:50,000), carries the same map number and uses the same British National Grid Reference, as the corresponding Ordnance Survey Landranger© map.

£7.99

Dorset – Lost Dorset, The Villages & Countryside

(David Burnett)  A collection of 350 postcards selected from Barry Cuff’s remarkable collection, all taken by professional photographers, which were deliberately posed for the camera. The pictures cover the period between the invention of the postcard in the 1880s until…..

£12.00