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Dorset Genealogy


Dorset Genealogy

For anyone with roots or an interest in Dorset/Dorsetshire, England.

Members: 30
Latest Activity: Aug 8, 2016


England GW Group
Dorset OPC
Dorset GenWeb
GENUKI: Dorset
Dorset Parish Registers

(if anyone knows of any other links, please let me know)

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Comment by Brenda Crowcroft on July 13, 2012 at 2:05pm

Sorry, blip on the laptop, should read William Hine Meech born 1825.

Comment by Brenda Crowcroft on July 13, 2012 at 2:04pm

Hello, I picked up a reference to this site on Google when I did a search on one of my troublesome family members, William Hine Meech  from Ryansin 1825. I see from Ryan Williams posting that he has separate Hine and Meech families. I feel there must be a connection somewhere. Brenda Crowcroft

Comment by Ryan Michael Williams on January 5, 2010 at 11:17pm
Hello everybody,

With the exception of my 4x great-grandfather Emanuel Wiles (also known as Robert Emanuel Wiles or Bob Wiles), born about 1829 in Dorset, I descend from all of my (known) Dorset ancestors through another one of my 4x great-grandfather's, Giles Roberts Swain, born April 5th 1822 in Bradpole, Dorset, a son of John Swain, 1790-1864, and Jane Hooke, 1797-1875. John was the son of Joseph Swain, 1764-1840, and Lydia Roberts, 1764-?, and Jane was the daughter of William Hooke, 1770-?, and Mary Swain, ?-?. Joseph and Mary were both children of John Swain, ab.1740-?, and Martha Smallwood, 1744-?, making John and Jane first cousins. I'd explain every single thing in complete detail, like I normally do, but it would go on forever and ever, for I'm proud to say the Swains are one of the largest and most developed branches of my tree.

The Swain family is the main family I'm researching in Dorset, the descendants of my Swain ancestors moved to other parts of England, as well as Canada (more specifically the province of British Columbia, which is where I'm from), Australia, the United States of America, and Wales (more specifically Anglesey).

The surnames that belonged to my Dorset ancestors (most of which were from the Lyme Regis, Axminster, Beaminster or Bridport areas) that I'm interested in are: Swain, Smallwood, Mumford, Roberts, Runnier/Runniard/Runyard, Newman, Gennet, Hooke, and North

The surnames that belonged/belong to descendants of my Dorset ancestors (that weren't/aren't from Dorset) that I'm interested in are: Lorani, Scriven, Clark, Labouisse, Williams, Richards, Meech, Hine, Reynolds, Thorne, Briscoe, Hayward, Piper, Farmer, Robinson, St.John, Bird, Zalaznik, McGrath, Browne, Arculus, Deeley, Candy, Hutchings, Robey, Futcher, Darling, Vinden, Reed, Beard, Burford, Theodore, Nixon, and Hardy.

-Ryan Williams
Comment by Dorothy Gurd on October 14, 2009 at 3:45am
Hello everyone. Although my GURD family have firm roots in south west Wiltshire, over the centuries small groups moved over the border into Dorset. Initially (in the 16th and 17th centuries) this was mainly due to their renting land from the Arundell family in and around the Donheads, then taking on extra leases in the Dorset parishes also 'owned' by the Arundells (eg. Compton Abbas and Melbury Abbas). Almost all Gurds descend from one couple who lived in Semley (Wilts) in the early years of the 16th century. Thomas Gurd (Goord) died in Semley in 1563 .Our online family tree holds hundreds of Gurds and the many families who intermarried with them. Genealogywise now has a GURD family group at We welcome anyone who has connections to the family. See the Gurd Group for a link to the family tree.
Dorothy (Dot) GURD
Member of the Guild of One- Name Studies, researching the GURD family (with its variants) worldwide.
Comment by rita a gerrard on August 31, 2009 at 5:33am
Lorna, check out Dorset OPC site -

lots of DAREs back to 1500s in WC with links to Marshwood.also other places.
rita a GERRARD
Comment by Lorna Mary Vincent on August 30, 2009 at 5:31pm
I am looking for members of Dare family that moved to Wootton Fitzpaine Dorset & Whitchurch Canicorum Dorset from Offwell Devon--was there a link to Whitchurch Canicorum prior to this? be very interested to know what Dare family where there and their history.(Charles Dare & wife Susannah nee Dommett). Charles died in WFP in 1850 --his son John married a Sarah Bussell in WFP in 1862--their children were born in WFP & Marshwood Dorset.Happy to share what info I have already.
Comment by rita a gerrard on August 25, 2009 at 12:53am
My Dorset families include GERRARD/JERRARD, RUSSELL, HOSKINS, RAWLINSON and CHILDS, mainly in the surrounding area of Beaminster, Evershot, Brimley, Stoke Abbas, Hooke and Whitchurch Canonicorum. I have good databases on GERRARDs in various areas, and much information on the CHILDS of Melbury Osmund and Melbury Sampford. Will be very happy to share information on these.

I have set up a group 'CHILDS of Melbury and Dorset' for those with links.

Look forward to hearing from you.
Comment by Elizabeth Lane nee Buxton on August 18, 2009 at 11:59am
We have connections with Chetnole, through John Highmore JEFFERY (born 1814 Yeovil) and his wife Sarah Stone HOUNSELL (born 1824 in Litton Cheney).
Happy to share what we know.
Comment by John Laws on August 18, 2009 at 9:46am
Hi we have on our database a number of Dorsetshire LAW, LAWES,LAWS families

John P Laws. (Member 674, Guild of One-Name Studies, since 1984) Researching LAW, LAWE, LAWES, LAWS, LAWSE, McLAW & McLAWS & allied families worldwide.
Website "Laws Family Register" at -
Moderator: LAW & LAWS-UK mailing lists and message boards at Rootsweb

mail me
Comment by Elizabeth Kipp nee Blake on August 9, 2009 at 7:07am
I have added a discussion about my Winterbourne lines and it is great to see a Dorset group started. I am OPC for Winterbourne Clenstone and just starting to work up my material for Turnworth. Visiting the churches in this area has provided me with many many memories and pictures which I will add to the OPC webpages for Winterbourne Clenstone and Turnworth.

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