This database contains images of Church of England baptism and christening records in registers from parishes in Dorset County.
Before civil registration in England began in 1837, key events in a person’s life were typically recorded by the church rather than the state. Parish records are the best source of vital record information in England before the nineteenth century and remain an important source thereafter.
Baptismal and Christening Records
Children were usually baptized (or christened) in the Church of England within a few days or weeks of birth. The forms used for the baptismal records in this database recorded the
- baptismal date
- child’s name
- parents’ names
- parish (abode)
- person who performed the ceremony
In 1812, George Rose’s Act called for preprinted registers to be used for separate baptism, marriage, and burial registers as a way of standardizing records. These standardized registers are included in this collection.