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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…..


Basic Facts about Family History Research in Lancashire

(Rita Hirst)  An explanation of where records are likely to be deposited.  Family History research within the county can be complicated as more than one repository may be involved in research into the records of a single parish. Consideration is…..


Crime and Punishment in Dorset – A Thousand Years of Murder, Mayhem and Mystery

(Terry Hearing) The story of Dorset’s criminal past begins with skulduggery in the Royal Family in the 10th century, and progresses through much human folly to treason and murder in the 20th century. Curiously, domestic violence was often not regarded…..


Dorset 1851 Census on CD

A transcription of the census for the entire county. Contains 184,596 entries.


Dress & Textiles

(Rachel Worth)  Dorset’s smocks and unmistakable ‘knob’ buttons are the most famous examples of a whole range of once flourishing textile industries. The villages and towns involved in the various textiles and their accessories: wool, linen, silk, ribbons, lace, stockings,…..


More Martock Memories

(Roy Maber) This story of a Somerset village was developed by the author by working hard to trawl his memory back through his childhood and later, and then researching the background to those memories to provide a more complete story……


Dorset 1891 Census on CD

A transcription of the census for the entire county. Contains 194,482 entries.



(Jonathan Holt)  Dorset’s follies are amongst its greatest architectural delights.  Some, like the Horton Tower and Hardy’s Monument, are famous landmarks. Throughout the county there are grottoes, obelisks, temples, shell gardens, fake forts, arches, pavilions and even a sham chapel……


Minehead & Dunster Through Time

(Simon Haines) Almost 190 photographs trace some of the many ways in which Minehead and Dunster have changed over the last century. The pictures are arranged in a ‘then and now’ fashion, so that direct comparisons may be made between…..


National Index of Parish Registers – Dorset

(published in 2002) (Anthony Wilcox) A listing of the available parish registers, including the original registers, bishop’s transcripts and other available copies and transcriptions, for christenings, marriages and banns, and burials, for all Dorset parishes. 153 pages. Soft covers.


Blandford in the Great War

(ed Nicci Brown) Over 100 of the more than one million UK soldiers killed in the First World War were from Blandford, and more than 200 from nearby villages. This book is a testimony to them, and all the others…..


British Army, My Ancestor was in the

(Michael Watts and Christopher Watts)  Updated second edition of this book, aiding the modern family historian in researching their ancestors who served in the British Army from 1660. The book is a practical guide to help the researcher use the…..


Charlinch Parish Registers

A transcription of: Christenings 1593-1946, Marriages 1593-1946, Burials 1593-1981.


Eastern Battalion Muster Roll of the East Somerset Regiment of Volunteer Infantry – 1805

This battalion consisted of two companies from Henstridge, one from Horsington and two from Wincanton. Surname and place name indexes are included. 18 pages.  Soft covers.  



(Richard Edmonds)  Few places in the British Isles are as rich in fossils as Dorset. Thanks to its remarkable geology and the instability of much of the coast, new and often important discoveries continue to be made, often by amateur…..


Secure the shadow – Somerset photographers 1839 – 1939

(Robin Ansell, Allan Collier & Phil Nichols)  This book is a celebration of Somerset’s photographic history, as seen through the lives and work of nearly 800 photographers. Each photographer is listed with details of where he/she was working and when,…..