Discover whether your ancestor died in Dorset by searching more than 56,000 inscriptions taken from gravestones, tombs, monuments and even stained glass windows around the English county.
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:
Year of birth
Date of death
Year of burial
Dedication on memorial
Inscription on memorial
Type of memorial
Names of relations
There are thousands records in this collection, transcribed by the volunteers of the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society and covering hundreds Dorset parishes.
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.
IIt 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. One of the noted landmarks is carved into the hillside near the village of Cerne Abbas – the famous Cerne Abbas Giant is a huge stylised male figure brandishing a club. Its origins are unclear. The earliest recorded mention is in the 17th century but the figure is thought to be far older by many.