Dorset Marriage Index

The Dorset Marriage Index is a computerised index of marriages which took place in the old county of Dorset.

Over a period of years, volunteer members of this society have transcribed the details of marriages from the register books of Dorset parishes, which contain entries made between 1538 ( the commencement of the earliest surviving registers) and 1837 (the start of Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths)

The Dorset Marriage Index is virtually complete except for entries from registers which have been lost, destroyed, not deposited, or are illegible for a number of reasons. However, where possible, these sources have been augmented by checking with Bishops Transcripts, Phillimore's printed transcripts and a number of other sources.

The details of each marriage entry have been entered onto slips of paper, one each for the groom and bride. The slips, sorted in alphabetical sequence, firstly by surname, secondly by Christian name, form the basis of the Marriage Index enquiry service.

The detail in a register entry can vary between the basic name of bride and groom with date and parish, to a highly detailed entry which records many more facts, including parish of residence, marital state of bride or groom and names of witnesses.

Somerset Marriage Index

The Somerset Marriage Index is divided into two separate services:

The Pre-1754 Index Enquiry Service

Click here for details of how to request information from the Index.

The 1754-1837 Index Enquiry Service

The 1754-1837 Somerset marriage Index is a card slip index of marriages which took place in the old county of Somerset (before the 1974 reorganisation).

Over a period of years, volunteer members of this society have transcribed the details of marriages from the register books of Somerset parishes and other sources, which contain entries made between 1754 and 1837 (the start of civil registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths). Because the whole book has been transcribed there are a number of entries before and after the above dates, the earlier ones having been transferred to the pre-1754 Index. The marriage details have been entered onto slips of paper, one each for the groom and the bride. These slips, sorted into alphabetical sequence, are the basis of the Marriage Index enquiry service.

Click here to download a list of parishes (in .rtf format, readable by most word processors) included in the Index. Please note this is a large file, at just over 700Kb, and may take some time to download on a dial-up connection.

The detail on a register entry varies between a basic name of bride and groom with date and parish, to a highly detailed entry which records many more facts

Database Search

The Society's volunteers can search the database for you. For details of research charges see here.