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Dorset Shire

England, UK



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Dorset is a county in South West England on the English Channel coast. The county town is Dorchester and is situated in the south of the county. Between its extreme points Dorset measures 80 kilometres (50 mi) from east to west and 64 km (40 mi) north to south, and has an area of 2,653 square kilometres (1,024 sq mi). Dorset borders Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east, and Hampshire to the east.



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Family History Notes

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Map of the county

Map of the County

The Red Dot in the map designates the location of the seat of government for this county.   A Purple Dot shows the location of identified ancestral Gen-Site(s).

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Family history notes

Family History Notes

    Our Sprauge Family ancestors were from Fordington in Dorchester-Fordington Parish St. George Church.

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Gen-Site Profiles



LOCATION:   Country: United Kingdom;   State: England;   County: Dorset;  Coordinates/Map: 50.714, -2.429; 

Ordinance Map Grid Reference:

DESCRIPTION:  Fordington is a part of the town of Dorchester, Dorset; originally a separate village, it has now become a suburb. Taking its name from a ford across the River Frome, it grew up around the church of St. George though the parish was much larger and surrounded Dorchester on three sides. It was part of the liberty of Fordington.


INTERNET WEB LINK(S):   Fordington, Dorset, England, St George, Church, Marriages, 1813-1836;  Fordington - St. George's Church | Dorset Ancestors;   History of Fordington and St. George's Church | Dorchester Dorset Blog;  Dorchester, &, Fordington, Dorset, England, Parish;   Pictures- St George's Church, Fordington, Dorchester, Dorset


LOCATION:   Country: United Kingdom;   State: England;   County: Dorset;  Coordinates/Map:; 

Ordinance Map Grid Reference:




populated places

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Gazetteer of Places

 in This County

Link to State-Wide Resources

Where in the World

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Gazetteer of Places

The list below will assist in your research regarding the matching of your ancestor’s birth, marriage, death dates and the place(s) within this locality at which these events may have occurred.

List of places in -  Dorset

Dorset - Places Online

Directory of Cities & Towns in Dorset

Dorset -  Towns and Parishes

Places and Parishes  - Dorset

Churches of Britian & Ireland - Dorset

List of Places in the United Kingdom

List of Towns in England

The Districts of This County

1.      Weymouth and Portland

2.      West Dorset

3.      North Dorset

4.      Purbeck

5.      East Dorset

6.      Christchurch

7.      Bournemouth (Unitary)

8.      Poole (Unitary)

Neighbouring counties are (A–D):

 Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire

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OS grid reference



50.70° N 02.45° W


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Where in the world

Where in the World
are My Ancestors?

Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important as their names. The LINK



to the right will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 


by Surname

Click on this link to find out more about each surname listed below as well as other surnames found within our  three  family  databases. 

This link will also lead you to surname resources at Rootsweb, and information about the world-wide distribution of a surname.

The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases, as having been either born, married or died at this location.  To find out more about each surname listed above click on the corresponding Link.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families


Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

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 Surnames Come From?

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detail for any of the maps by clicking on the area, i.e state, county that you are interested in.


Gen Tool-Kit

gen tool-kit

Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located in the area.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral county for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the county courthouse; the county library; and the county historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.


County History

Libraries, Museums

& Archives

Maps and Gazetteers

 County Records


(History & Genealogical)



Cemeteries of Dorset, England



Libaries, Museums, Archives

Libraries, Museums & Archives

·        Dorset History Centre

·        Search the Online Catalog - Dorset Government Services)

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps and Gazetteers

·        Winterborne Zelston Map, First Edition O.S. 1805   

·        Winterborne Zelston: Greenwoods's map 1825 

·        Ordnance Survey 1:10,560 - Epoch 1, England - Dorset     

·        Details of Towns and Villages that have been moved in and out of Dorset to and from adjacent counties    

·        Dorset in The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5   

County Records


·        Broadwindsor - An Analysis of Baptisms 1732-1879 

·        Winterborne Zelston Surnames Adams-Cross in Census 1841-1901     

·        Winterborne Zelston Surnames Dansey-Luff in Census 1841-1901     

·        Winterborne Zelston Surnames Manuel-Young in Census 1841-1901

·        Regiments at the Verne Citadel, Portland, Dorset 1873-1933   

·        Parish Records


·         The Rates (Local Taxes) of Portland chapter of 1905 Portland Year Book     

·         West Dorset Supdt. Registrar, Inland Revenue & Income Tax: officials chapter of 1905 Portland Year Book     

·         Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates     

·         Nos. of Births and Deaths in 1904 chapter of 1905 Portland Year Book     

·         A few Hatches, Matches, Despatches and Wills and Admons etc for West Dorset     

·         Wiltshire and Swindon Archive Catalogue 


Societies (Historical & Genealogical)

·        Court Leet chapter of 1905 Portland Year Book 

·        The Masonic Hall chapter of 1905 Portland Year Book     

·        S&DFHS: Somerset & Dorset Family History Society 


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General Resources

Locality Specific Resources

FREE Records

and Databases

Our Genealogy Reference Library


General Resources

General Resources

·        UK Geneaology – England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

·        Linkpendium genealogy-uki

· Message Boards – U.K. and Ireland

·        GENUKI: UK & Ireland Genealogy

·        British Isles GenWeb Project*

·        Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

·        Local Government Web Sites

·        International Genealogical Index (LDS)

·        List of places in the United Kingdom

·        Street Map UK

·        Ordnance Survey, Britain’s mapping agency

·       British History Online

·        Cyndi’s List - United Kingdom & Ireland Index

·        A vision of Britain (a library for local history)

·        UK Genealogy Archives of Family History

·        Directory of Cities and Towns in the UK

Locality Specific Resources

Locality Specific Resources

·        UK Genealogy - Dorset

·        Linkpendium - Dorset

· Message Boards - Dorset

·        GENUKI - Dorset

·        British Isles GenWeb - Dorset

·        Local Government Web Sites - Dorset

·        Wikipedia - Dorset

·        International Genealogical Index - Dorset

·        Cyndi’s List - Dorset

·        A Vision of Britain - Dorset

·        UK Geneaology Archives - Dorset

·        Directory of Cities & Towns in the UK - Dorset

Free Records & Databases

FREE Records
 & Databases

All of the records and databases we’ve collected are FREE and can be accessed and searched online without having to pay for a subscription.   We have divided our collected into 14 record types as follows: Biographical; Birth; Cemetery; Census & City Directories; Church; Court; Death; Immigration & Naturalization; Land; Marriage; Military; Newspapers; Occupational; and Tax Records.    We try not to list any sites that have only a few records for the purpose of getting you to a website that will charge a fee to actually see the record beyond just a name.  

This Link will take you to our

collections of FREE Records.  

Genealogy Reference Library

Our Genealogy 
Reference Library

The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books.   Here you may find books about the history and records of this county and other places such as towns and churches.  The collection also contains research works about military units and personnel during America’s wars, in addition too resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who may have settled in this locality.

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our collections of reference books.  

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Image Gallery

During our research we have collected images and photographs that are of general interest to a variety of localities.  Some of them are presented on this website because we believe they tend to provide the reader with additional information which may aid in the understanding of our ancestors past lives.

Durdle Door-Lulworth Cove-Dorset-England

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 county, we would greatly appreciate hearing from you.

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Contact Information 

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