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Cobham, Kent Genealogy

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Guide to Cobham, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.


Cobham, Kent
Cobham St Mary Magdalene Kent.jpg
Cobham St Mary Magdalene Kent
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Shamwell
County Kent
Poor Law Union North Aylesford
Registration District North Aylesford
Records begin
Parish registers: 1665
Bishop's Transcripts: 1718
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Rochester
Diocese Rochester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester
Location of Archive
Kent Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

COBHAM (St. Mary Magdalene), a parish, in the union of North Aylesford, hundred of Shamwell, lathe of Aylesford, W division of Kent, 5 miles S by E from Gravesend. [1]

Cobham is a village and civil parish in the Gravesham district of Kent, the village was used as a setting in the Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, see Cobham, Kent Wikipedia

Cobham St Mary Magdalene is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Rochester Cobham Deanery; a map of the parish boundary is available at A church near you.

The church dates from 1220 in part with an addition in 1365 and a later tower and restored in 1880 with a new chancel arch. The building has been designated as a grade I listed building by English Heritage. The Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene British Listed Building

See also Kent Archaeological Society and Edward Hasted, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 404-442 at British History Online and Kent Churches website

This parish should not be confused with Cobham, Surrey.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

and registrations from July 1837 to the present day are held at:

Medway district
The Register Office
Northgate
Rochester
ME1 1LS
Telephone 01634 338902
Fax 01634 338913
register.office@medway.gov.uk

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records[edit | edit source]

Cobham parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
BOYD = Boyd's Marriage Index (findmypast) - (£)[3]
FMP = findmypast - (£)[4]
FREG = FreeREG - free[5]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[6]
MED = Medway Ancestors - free[7]
Cobham Online Parish Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1661-1879
1670-1906

BOYD
1562-1750

FMP
1813-1837

FREG 1728-1849
1754-1938
1728-1732, 1813-1864
IGI 1718-1812 1718-1812
MED 1655-1995 1655-1995 1655-1995

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Census records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for Cobham 1841-1891

FamilySearch Records includes collections of census indexes which can be searched online for free. In addition FamilySearch Centres offer free access to images of the England and Wales Census through FHC Portal Computers here have access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.

Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable).

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Probate records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Kent Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Local Family History Centre[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Cobham on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 647-654. Date accessed: 15 July 2013.
  2. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 7 November 2013.
  3. Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists, 1987). Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  4. 'Coverage of Kent parish marriage records', Find My Past, accessed 6 November 2013.
  5. 'Kent Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 6 November 2013.
  6. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 15 November 2013.
  7. 'Medway Ancestors Imagebase: list of parishes, in alphabetical order', Cityark, accessed 8 November 2013.

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