Shaftesbury St Peter, Dorset Genealogy

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Shaftesbury St Peter

Guide to Shaftesbury St Peter, Dorset ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Shaftesbury St Peter, Dorset
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Shaftesbury or Shaston Borough
County Dorset
Poor Law Union Shaftesbury
Registration District Shaftsbury
Records begin
Parish registers: 1623
Bishop's Transcripts: 1731
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Shaftesbury
Diocese Salisbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Dorset
Location of Archive
Dorset Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

SHAFTESBURY, or Shaston, a borough and market-town, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Moncton-up-Wimborne, county of Dorset, 28 miles NNE from Dorchester, and 101 WSW from London, on the great road from London to Exeter. The town comprises the parishes of St. Peter, Holy Trinity, and St. James, including the liberty of Alcester. The parliamentary limits extend into Wiltshire. There are places of worship for the Society of Friends, Independents, and Wesleyans.[1]

Also see: Shaftesbury St James, Shaftesbury Holy Trinity, and Shaftesbury St Rumbold.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Shaftesbury St Peter Online Parish Register Images and Indexes
Indexes 1731-1880 Ancestry[2] 1623-1837 Joiner[3]
1623-1836 findmypast[4]

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Dorset Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England, publ. London: 1848. Date accessed: 09 July 2013.
  2. 'Vital Records Index - British Isles - Collection List,' British Isles Vital Records Index, 2nd ed., hosted at Genoot, accessed 14 April 2012.
  3. 'Search Marriage Records in Dorset,' The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 4 July 2012.
  4. 'Dorset Marriages,' Find My Past, accessed 28 July 2012.