Discover whether your ancestor died in Dorset by searching thousands of inscriptions taken from gravestones, tombs, monuments and even stained glass windows around the English county. This collection is published in partnership with Somerset and Dorset Family History Society, Dorset Family History Society and the Family History Federation.
Each record contains a transcription of the original inscription. The information contained varies considerably and depends on a number of factors including weathering and the type of memorial but you could find the following about your ancestor:
Dedication on memorial
Inscription on memorial
Names of relations
There are over 120,000 records in this collection, covering over 250 Dorset parishes. The records were transcribed from all kinds of permanent monuments around the county by volunteers from the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society and the Dorset Family History Society. Each transcript will tell you which Family History transcribed the record.
For more information about the records, you can contact the relevant family history society directly. They will often have maps and further details for the memorial inscriptions transcribed.
Dorset is a rural county in the south west of England, bordered on the English Channel coast. On the west it borders Devon, with Somerset to the north west, Wiltshire to the north east and Hampshire to the east.
It has been inhabited since Stone Age times. More recently the Industrial Revolution largely by-passed the county and it remains largely rural to this day. The farming economy however, provided the spark for the trade union movement when, in the 1820s, a group of farm labourers formed one of the first unions. Unions were outlawed in 1832 and the six men, known now as the Tolpuddle Martyrs, were transported.
A noted landmark is carved into the hillside near the village of Cerne Abbas – the famous Cerne Abbas Giant hill figure is a huge stylised male figure brandishing a club carved into chalk bedrock. Its origins are unclear. The earliest recorded mention is in the 17th century but the figure is thought to be far older by many.