The British Vital Records Index contains nearly five million names from parish registers, civil registrations and other record collections in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The records on the index span more than three centuries, from 1538 to 1888. The five CDs in this set concentrate on birth and christening records (4 discs) and also list some marriages (1 disc). The amount of accessible data can vary greatly from parish to parish. This vital records index will be an ongoing project which will also be updated periodically.

It is very difficult to judge how useful these CD's will be to the Dorset Genealogist without some idea of the Dorset Parishes and dates covered. A task which has now been made considerably easier by Jim Polson who has extracted this information from the index and made it available here. On the right you will find a list of Dorset parishes included in the new LDS CDROM (Vital Records Index, British Isles). In almost every case the source of the extraction was the Bishop's Transcripts, not the Parish Register. Also included are the Registers of Dr. William's Library, which may well include people from Dorset. The VRI manual says this:

This was an attempt to register the children of nonconformist families in England and Wales mainly, but references to children being born in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and even foreign countries will be found recorded as well. Nonconformist is a term given to any person who dissented from the Established Church of England. This would include all sects, such as the Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, or any other sect who did not subscribe to the tenants of the Established Church. These registers were, in a sense, a central registry for such births. The registers reveal that, indeed, children were registered from all parts of the country. Since this system was not mandatory, it represents only a small portion of births of children whose parents were nonconformist. When a child's name got recorded in these registers, it was assigned a reference number. This reference number is listed under "Note" in the detail pane. Obtain the film number, then, use the reference number to find the entry in the original record.

Users should note that these records precede the county boundary changes of the 1890's and refer to the parishes as they were at the time. Hence the inclusion of Chardstock, (now in Devon), and the omission of the Somerset Parishes now in Dorset. The Hampshire parishes which were transferred to Dorset in the 1980's are of course also excluded.

Dorset
Parish Births Marriages
Beaminster Holy Trinity 1857 - 1879  
Bishops Caundle 1732 - 1879 1732 - 1846
Bourton 1813 - 1879  
Bradford Abbas 1729 - 1875 1729 - 1847
Bradford Peverell 1796 - 1879 1796 - 1837
Bradpole 1731 - 1878 1731 - 1836
Bridport 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1836
Broadmayne 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1833
Broadway 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1855
Broadwinsor 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1838
Brownsea 1855 - 1879  
Bryanston 1732 - 1878 1732 - 1837
Buckhorn - Weston 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1841
Buckland - Newton 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1855
Buckland - Ripers 1739 - 1879 1739 - 1840
Burstock 1731 - 1878 1731 - 1842
Burton - Bradstock 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1836
Cann 1732 - 1880 1732 - 1847
Castleton 1600 - 1603
1634 - 1638
1669 - 1836
1847 - 1879
1600 - 1601
1634 - 1638
1669 - 1834
Catherston - Leweston 1837 - 1878  
Cattistock 1731 - 1839
1863 - 1879
1731 - 1839
Caundle Marsh 1579 - 1879 1579 - 1849
Caundle Purse 1732 - 1878 1732 - 1849
Caundle Stourton 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1837
Cerne Abbas 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1846
Cerne - Nether 1733 - 1829
1847 - 1880
1739 - 1827
Chalbury 1734 - 1879 1734 - 1851
Chaldon - Herring 1731 - 1879 1738 - 1838
Chardstock, All Saints 1847 - 1879  
Chardstock, St. Andrew 1579 - 1879 1579 - 1832
Charlton - Marshall 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1865
Charminster 1591 - 1879 1591 - 1832
Charmouth, Independent 1731 - 1780
1794 - 1807
1837 - 1878
1731 - 1844
Cheddington 1731 - 1878 1731 - 1846
Cheselborne 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1859
Church - Knowle 1733 - 1879 1733 - 1839
Compton Vallence 1732 - 1879 1732 - 1860
Compton - Abbas (By Shaftesbury) 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1848
Coombe Keynes 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1855
Corfe Castle 1837 - 1879 1813 - 1847
Corfe Mullen 1813 - 1880 1813 - 1849
Corscombe 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1837
Cranborne 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1841
Dewlish 1732 - 1832
1844 - 1880
1732 - 1832
Dorchester, All Saints 1814 - 1880  
Dorchester, Holy Trinity 1739 - 1879 1739 - 1837
Dorchester, St. Peter 1730 - 1879 1730 - 1847
Durweston 1731 - 1878 1731 - 1837
East Chelborough 1733 - 1879 1733 - 1846
East Holme 1866 - 1880  
East Orchard 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1845
East Stoke 1732 - 1847
1830 - 1880
1732 - 1847
East Stower 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1844
Edmondsham 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1840
Evershot 1732 - 1879 1736 - 1840
Farnham 1731 - 1879 1734 - 1845
Fifehead Magdalen 1598 - 1879 1598 - 1846
Fifehead Neville 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1839
Fleet 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1849
Folke 1586 - 1878 1586 - 1837
Fontmel or Fontmel Magna 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1848
Fordington 1577 - 1879 1577 - 1836
Frampton 1731 - 1878 1731 - 1845
1857 - 1859
Froome - St. Quinton 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1879
Froome - Vauchurch 1731 - 1879  
Gillingham 1718 - 1879 1718 - 1838
Godmanstone 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1832
Great Canford 1813 - 1879 1813 - 1842
Gussage or Gussage St. Andrew 1766 - 1879  
Gussage All Saints 1732 - 1878 1732 - 1844
Gussage St. Michael 1732 - 1836 1732 - 1835
Halstock 1836 - 1880  
Hammoon 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1845
Hampreston 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1844
Hamworthy 1813 - 1880 1826 - 1847
Handley 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1836
Hanford 1813
1849 - 57
1815 - 1835
1847 - 1847
Haselbury - Bryan 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1847
Hawkchurch 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1837
Haydon 1595 - 1711
1813 - 1880
1595 - 1708
1811 - 1847
Hermitage 1605 - 1712
1820 - 1880
1605 - 1712
Hillfield 1852 - 1880 1857 - 1871
Hilton 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1838
Hinton Martell 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1846
Hinton Parva 1734 - 1880 1734 - 1847
Hinton St. Mary 1731 - 1880 1732 - 1808
1813 - 1847
Holnest 1626 - 1641
1813 - 1877
1813 - 1834
Holwell 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1847
Hooke 1732 - 1880 1732 - 1812
Horton with Woodlands 1734 - 1880 1734 - 1846
Houghton - Winterborne 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1847
Iberton 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1848
Iwerne Courtney 1731 - 1844
1847 - 1876
1731 - 1844
1847 - 1858
Iwerne Minster 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1857
Iwerne - Steepleton 1765 - 1880 1760 - 1845
Kimmeridge 1805 - 1880 1813 - 1833
Kingston By Corfe Castle 1877 - 1880  
Kington - Magna 1731 - 1871 1731 - 1847
Langton Matravers 1838 - 1880 1812 - 1837
Langton - Herring 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1839
Langton - Long - Blandford 1739 - 1880 1739 - 1855
Lillington 1581 - 1880 1581 - 1836
Little Bredy 1732 - 1880 1732 - 1836
Long Bredy 1732 - 1880 1732 - 1838
Long Critchell 1731 - 1879 1731 - 1836
Morden 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1846
Moreton 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1846
Mosterton 1733 - 1880 1733 - 1846
Motcombe 1749 - 1879 1749 - 1839
Nether Compton 1579 - 1880 1579 - 1837
North Poorton 1749 - 1880 1755 - 1836
North Wootton 1585 - 1880 1585 - 1839
Osmington 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1847
Over Compton 1579 - 1880 1579 - 1836
Owermoigne 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1835
Parkstone 1846 - 1879  
Pentridge 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1846
Piddlehinton Or Puddlehinton 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1846
Piddletown 1738 - 1880 1738 - 1847
Piddletrenthide 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1837
Pilsdon 1733 - 1880 1733 - 1834
Pimperne 1732 - 1880 1732 - 1847
Poole, St. James Church 1802 - 1871 1802 - 1846
Poole, St. Paul 1872 - 1880  
Portisham 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1836
Portland 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1852
Powerstock with West Milton 1732 - 1880 1732 - 1837
Poxwell 1731 - 1876 1731 - 1812
Pulham 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1844
Puncknowle 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1836
Radipole 1781 - 1880 1781 - 1848
Rampisham 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1846
Ryme - Intrinsica 1631 - 1880 1631 - 1847
Shaftesbury, Holy Trinity 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1845
Shaftesbury, St. James 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1881
Shaftesbury, St. Peter 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1842
Shapwick 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1837
South Perrott 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1838
Spetisbury 1847 - 1880  
Stock Gayland or Stock Gaylard 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1845
Stockland 1731 - 1836 1731 - 1836
Stockwood 1618 - 1880 1618 - 1830
Stoke Abbott 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1837
Stoke Wake 1732 - 1880 1736 - 1844
Stourpaine 1620 - 1880 1620 - 1872
Stower Provost 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1858
Stratton with Grimstone 1813 - 1879 1813 - 1870
Studland 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1847
Sturminster Marshall 1813 - 1880 1813 - 1837
Sutton Waldron 1849 - 1880  
Swanage 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1847
Swyre 1732 - 1880 1732 - 1836
Symondsbury 1831 - 1880 1831 - 1837
Tarrant Rushton 1847 - 1880  
Thorncombe 1838 - 1880  
Thornford 1579 - 1880 1579 - 1835
Tincleton 1733 - 1880 1733 - 1847
Todber 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1854
Toller Fratrum 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1841
Tyneham 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1836
Upper Cerne 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1853
Warmwell 1731 - 1880  
West Compton Abbas 1745 - 1879 1745 - 1859
West Fordington 1847 - 1879  
West Knighton 1731 - 1880 1732 - 1846
West Orchard 1851 - 1880  
West Stafford 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1846
West Stower 1732 - 1879  
Weymouth, Holy Trinity 1836 - 1880  
Whitchurch - Canonicorum 1813 - 1881 1813 - 1836
Wimborne Minster 1813 - 1862  
Winfrith - Newburgh 1732 - 1880 1732 - 1880
Winterborne - Abbas 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1835
Winterborne - Came 1732 - 1880 1732 - 1860
Winterborne - Clenstone 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1835
Witchampton 1733 - 1880 1733 - 1847
Woodsford 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1847
Wool 1733 - 1880 1733 - 1857
Woolland 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1831
Wootten - Fitzpaine 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1846
Wootten - Glanville 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1846
Worth Matravers 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1837
Wraxall 1732 - 1880 1732 - 1843
Wyke - Regis 1731 - 1880 1731 - 1847
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