ABBOTSBURY, a parish and town in the hundred of Uggscombe, in the county of Dorset; 9 miles S.W. of Dorchester, and 128 S.W. from London. It is a place of great antiquity, and was once a market town. Its situation is very picturesque and pleasant, in a valley shut in by lofty chalk hills, not far from the north end of the Chesil Bank, and open to the sea at the south-west.
Source: The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003
- The Abbotsbury OPC site has transcripts of the 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1881 census available online
- UK Genealogy Archives have transcribed the 1841 and 1901 census for Abbotsbury.
- A description of the parish church is available on the Abbotsbury page of the UK Genealogy Archives site.
- Michael Day provides photographs and bibliography for Abbotsbury (St. Nicholas) on his Dorset Churches website
- You can search for churches in the local area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database.
- The Dorset History Centre hold the Parish Registers for Abbotsbury: Baptisms: 1574 - 1950 Marriages: 1567 - 1976 Burials: 1567 - 1919
- The Abbotsbury OPC site has transcripts of the Abbotsbury parish registers: Baptisms: 1731 - 1879, Marriages: 1771 - 1836, Burials: 1731 - 1880.
- Abbotsbury was a Sub-district in the Weymouth Registration district from 1837 - 1997. For further information see the list of Registration District in England & Wales
- A description of Abbotsbury from "The Dorset Page".
- A description of Abbotsbury from the Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5 is available on the UK Genealogy Archives site.
- A transcription of the section for Abbotsbury from the National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.
- The Dorset On-line Parish Clerks scheme (OPC) transcribe records relating to the county.
The Abbotsbury pages contain many useful resources.
- Abbotsbury was a member of the Weymouth Poor Law Union.