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

Dartford, Kent
Dartford Holy Trinity Kent.jpg
Dartford Holy Trinity Kent
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Axton, Dartford and Wilmington
County Kent
Poor Law Union Dartford
Registration District Dartford
Records begin
Parish registers: 1561
Bishop's Transcripts: 1718
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Dartford
Diocese Pre-1845 - Rochester; Post-1844 - Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Pre-1845 - Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester; Post-1844 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Location of Archive
Kent Record Office

Parish History =[edit | edit source]

DARTFORD (Holy Trinity), a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Axton, Dartford, and Wilmington, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, W division of Kent, 15 miles SE from London, and 22 NW from Maidstone, on the great road from London to Canterbury and Dover.[1]

Dartford is a town and borough in the Dartford district of Kent Dartford Wikipedia

Dartford Holy Trinity is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Rochester Dartford deanery; a map of the parish boundary is available at A church near you.

The church has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building.

See Kent Archeological Society and Edward Hasted, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 2 (1797), pp. 286-328. British History Online and Kent Churches website

Other Anglican parishes formed from this parish include:

  • St Alban St Albans Road

See Dartford North West Kent Family History Society.

Other places of worship in Dartford include:

  • St Anselm Roman Catholic Church.
  • The Methodist Church Kent Road Dartford dates from 1844-1845 and has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building.
  • Wesleyan Waterside Chapel. (1798).
  • Methodist Church Spital Street.
  • Primitive Methodist East Hill
  • The Zion Strict Baptist Chapel Essex Road Dartford has been designated as a grade II listed building and dates from 1794 British listed building.
  • Baptist Brent Chapel, East Hill. (c.1880).
  • Baptist Highfield Road

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

See Dartford registration District

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]

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

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
FREG = FreeREG - free[3]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[4]
MED = Medway Ancestors - free[5]
Dartford Holy Trinity Online Parish Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1718-1843
1718-1839

FREG 1561-1908
1561-1955
1561-1926
IGI 1561-1812 1561-1812, 1840-1843
MED 1561-1984 1561-1984 1561-1984

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Nonconformists

  • Lovefield Street Independent Christenings 1797-1837 Batch (C068141)
  • Waterside Wesleyan Christenings 1811-1837 Batch (C068151)
  • Zion Independent Christenings 1820-1822; 1832-1833 Batch (C068131)

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

Dartford Christchurch Online Parish Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FREG 1910-1935


MED 1910-1970 1910-1954

Dartford St Alban the Martyr parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

Dartford St Alban the Martyr Online Parish Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FREG 1903-1910


MED 1903-1982 1903-1954 1903-1910; 1923-1937 (funerals)

Dartford St Edmund King and Martyr parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

Dartford St Edmund King and Martyr Online Parish Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FREG 1903-1910


MED 1956-1999

Census records[edit | edit source]

Dartford Census returns 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.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

East Hill and Watling Street Cemetery in Dartford burials have been indexed from 1856 through 1870 at FreeREG - free.

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]

Dartford on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 8-15. Date accessed: 22 July 2013.
  2. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 7 November 2013.
  3. 'Kent Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 6 November 2013.
  4. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 15 November 2013.
  5. 'Medway Ancestors Imagebase: list of parishes, in alphabetical order', Cityark, accessed 8 November 2013.

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