Family history

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Learn about your local history

We have birth, death and marriage records for Bournemouth dating back to 1837. We also have a collection of Bournemouth and Christchurch Parish Registers, with some records going back to 1576.

You can make copies of records for a charge.

We can provide details of family history researchers who will undertake research for a fee.

To learn more about family and local history, visit our Heritage Zone.

Burial and cremation records

To find burial and cremation records, contact our Crematorium & Cemetery team.

Family search fees are £18.50 per 30 minutes. We won’t charge you more than £75.