This project is a genealogical one place study of Sturminster Newton, Dorset. As well as Sturminster, the aim is to cover the Sturminster Newton Hundred which contains five parishes:
Sturminster Newton (including Bagber, Broad Oak and Puxey)
Hinton St Mary
Margaret Marsh
Okeford Fitzpaine (including Belchalwell and Fiddleford).

“Primary” people have at least one confirmed life event (birth, christening, marriage, death, burial, or listed in a census) in the Hundred. Their names appear in bold in the surname lists.
To establish connections to other lines, every “primary” person has their parents, spouse and children recorded (where known). These “secondary” people appear in roman in the surname lists unless they are primary people in their own right. People extracted from the raw data, whose information is still to be verified, also have their names in roman in the surname lists.
Examples should help to make this distinction clear.
A (born in Sturminster) and B (born in Marnhull) marry in London. Both A and B are “primary” because of their birth places.
C (born in Bagber) and D (born in Bristol) marry in Hinton St Mary. Both C and D are “primary” because of their marriage place.
E (born in Okeford Fitzpaine) and F (born in Portsmouth) marry in Portsmouth. E is “primary” (because of their birth place). But F is “secondary” (no life event in the Hundred but the spouse of E).
H was christened in Margaret Marsh. Their name is in roman in the surname lists because the information has not been checked yet.

This site is a spin-off from research into our family, who were originally from the Sturminster area. Information that has been collected is being transcribed and put online for the benefit of other researchers. So far there is:

1841 census
1851 census
1861 census (Sturminster Newton, folios 4 to 52, is complete. Hinton St Mary, folio 56 onwards, is being worked on.)
Births, marriages and deaths (This is raw, unchecked data. Many of the people in these lists have not yet been added to the surname lists.)
Photos (some from Hinton St Mary and Sturminster Newton so far)
Surname lists

All of these pages are still being updated; information will be added as time allows. The surname lists are usually updated at least once a week, and often more frequently. A note at the end of each page shows when it was last changed.

Work is also underway on pages for individuals. At the moment these are for “primary” people where the dates of birth and death have been established. The pages show the person’s parents, spouse(s) and children where known. They will be expanded at some stage to include siblings.

Surname tags are also being added to make searching easier.

Any queries or offers of interesting information can be mailed to sturminsteroneplacestudy+contact at gmail with the usual dotcom on the end.