#4 Voted for Project is now Available for Keying!


Earlier today we released Dorset, England, Quarter Session Order Books, 1625-1951.  The Quarter Session Books contain the court orders for over 300 years so you will see some variation in how the records look as you move from the 1600′s into the 1900′s.  Due to the variety of records and the older handwriting we have rated the project as Advanced.  With a little practice the handwriting won’t see too bad.

Happy keying!

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So I downloaded a file from the Dorset Quarter session order books. The handwriting is beautiful. The first page of my file stumped me already. It contains a list of names, but they are jurors. Would this be considered an Order Book or an Order Book without names as I am guessing that jurors are court officials?
Looking forward to your answer.
Thanks.
Jo Zee

Jurors are members of the public called to a specific trial.

Thanks paulmd199. So as such I assume I type their names?

I think so. I haven’t delved into that project in depth yet.

Jurors are considered to be Court Officials as they are acting in behalf of the court. We want to capture the names of the people directly involved in the order.

For event location do we put the session i.e. Sherborne or Blandford, or do we put the place the person came from? Some of the ones I have don’t have the session just the sentence but do have abode.