Dover St James the Apostle, Kent Genealogy

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Dover St James the Apostle

Guide to Dover St James the Apostle, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Dover St James the Apostle, Kent
Remains of St James Church Dover Kent.jpg
Remains of St James Church Dover Kent
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Dover Town and Port
County Kent, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Dover
Registration District Dover
Records begin
Parish registers: 1594
Bishop's Transcripts: 1564
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Dover
Diocese Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Canterbury
Location of Archive
Kent History and Library Centre

Parish History[edit | edit source]

DOVOR, or Dover, one of the cinque ports, a borough and market town, having separate jurisdiction, and the head of a union, locally in the lathe of St. Augustine, E division of Kent, 15 miles SE by S from Canterbury, and 71 ESE from London. The town formerly consisted of the parishes of St. James the Apostle, St. Mary the Virgin, St. John, St. Martin the Greater, St. Martin the Less, St. Nicholas, and St. Peter; of these, the five last no longer exist, and the churches have been demolished. There are places of worship for General and Particular Baptists, the Society of Friends, Independents, Wesleyans, Unitarians and Roman Catholics.[1]

The Ancient Parish of St James the Apostle, St James Street included the mediaeval district surrounding the church.

During the Second World War Dover became known as "Hell Fire Corner" due to the intense bombardment from France and heavy bombing of the town.

The church of St James the Apostle and most of Church Street was totally destroyed by shelling from France. The remains of the building are scheduled as an Ancient monument see British listed building.

The church had not been used as a church since 1851 when the garrison church in the Castle had been restored. The Norman church was mainly built of Caen stone but had undergone restoration in the nineteenth century.

Edward Hasted 'The town and port of Dover', "The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent": Volume 9 (1800), pp. 475-548 at British History Online refers to the Ancient Parish history. See also kent Churches website.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

See Dover Registration District

Kent County Council (KCC) has a certificate centre at the Mansion House in Tunbridge Wells which holds all the completed registers for Kent since 1 July 1837 and can supply a certified copy of any Kent birth, death or marriage entry from any register within its custody or a Kent civil partnership registration from the government online database.

The Mansion House (Certificate Centre)
Grove Hill Road
Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 1EP

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]

Dover St James the Apostle parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FMP = findmypast - (£)[2][3][4][5]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[6]
Dover St James the Apostle Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FMP 1595-1909 1595-1909 1754-1905; 1754-1823 (Banns) 1754-1905; 1754-1823 (Banns) 1594-1923 1594-1923
IGI 1595-1842 1596-1643, 1664-1842

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for Dover, 1841-1891 generic census microfilm collection in the Family History Library for the town.

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 Family History Center 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]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 78-84. Date accessed: 25 July 2013.
  2. 'Canterbury baptism records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 8 November 2013.
  3. 'Canterbury marriage records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 14 November 2013.
  4. 'Canterbury banns coverage', Find My Past, accessed 11 November 2013.
  5. 'Canterbury burial records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 14 November 2013.
  6. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 15 November 2013.