Research and Family History Enquiries

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Christchurch Priory

With the extensive Christchurch History Society Archive available to the Society it is extremely well equipped to carry out research into any activity, event or person that has connections to Christchurch and its Environs.    With the On-Line Catalogue facility it is easy to ascertain what information is available from the Christchurch History Society Archive.

Family History research has been an area that the Society has been involved with for many years so if you want to know more about a long lost relative or friend or even a person in whom you are interested the Christchurch History Society is able to help you find the information you want

If you have a research request or an enquiry about any aspect of Christchurch’s history, whether it be about buildings in Christchurch, history of the area, industries, businesses, agriculture, social history or anything else that you would like the Christchurch History Society to undertake on your behalf please download the Request for Research Form and complete and post the form with a donation as suggested below to The Research Co-Ordinator, Christchurch History Society, The Porch Room, Priory House, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1BX.    Our volunteer researchers will find out what they can and reply to you.     We may also publish your query and our research results on the website.

If you have a family history investigation about your family or social history that you would like the Christchurch History Society to undertake on your behalf please download the Family History Enquiry Form and complete and post the form with a donation as suggested below to The Research Co-Ordinator, Christchurch History Society, The Porch Room, Priory House, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1BX.    Our volunteer researchers will find out what they can and reply to you.     We may also publish your query and our research results on the website.

Visit the Christchurch History Society Archive

If you wish to visit the Christchurch History Society Archive in the Porch Room at Christchurch Priory our volunteers will be pleased to welcome you by appointment so that you can view any records.  Please download the Visit Application Form and complete and post the form with a donation as suggested below to The Research Co-Ordinator, Christchurch History Society, The Porch Room, Priory House, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1BX. 

Suggested Donations

Christchurch History Society has a responsibility to house and maintain the extensive archive in good condition both now and into the future, with all costs being met in full by the Society.     Therefore a nominal donation is requested to cover the archive’s maintenance, for research carried out and facilitated by the archive.    The suggested donations are :-

  • A donation of £15 from Non-Members requesting a Research or Family History Enquiry to include up to 20 sides of A4 provided information
  • A donation of £7 from Members requesting a Research or Family History Enquiry to include up to 20 sides of A4 provided information
  • Where more than 20 sides of A4 provided information are required to answer the enquiry then a further donation of 10 pence for each A4 page will requested
  • A donation of £5 from Non-Members requesting a Visit to the Archive Room
  • Members can Visit the Archive Room a part of their Annual Subscription

Our Volunteer Researchers are willing to undertake research, but finding the information is time-consuming and so at least twenty-eight days from receipt by the Society of the form should normally be allowed for a reply.

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