Welcome to the site of

dorset family history society

Dorset Family History Society is for beginner and expert researchers, who live in the UK or overseas with Dorset interests, as well as those who live in Dorset but whose families may have lived in other counties or countries.

Dorset FHS provides research support and facilities at our


where our experienced and friendly volunteers are available to give

one to one advice and assistance on any research questions and problems

via personal visit during our office open hours, or by email and post

Please explore our site from the links in the sidebar.

The latest information and additions to this site are usually signposted from our Current News page, so please visit there often.

Details of our activities can be seen on the Calendar. These include a variety of meetings at Parkstone, Poole on the second Monday in each month, except August, featuring expert speakers. In addition, a Computer Group meets on the first Tuesday in most months at our Research Centre.

Dorset Family History Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies, and from that site there are links to other Family History Societies who may be more local to you if you don't live in Dorset. Belonging to a family history society can be a great help in finding out how to trace your ancestors and meeting other people with similar interests. Even if you have already traced your family tree for quite a long way back, a local family history society will often provide interesting meetings with a range of talks on subjects that you will find useful.