Dover St Mary the Virgin, Kent Genealogy
Guide to Dover St Mary the Virgin, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
|Dover St Mary the Virgin, Kent|
Dover St Mary the Virgin Kent
|Hundred||Dover Town and Port|
|Poor Law Union||Dover|
|Parish registers: 1558|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1577|
|Probate Court||Court of the Bishop of Canterbury|
|Location of Archive|
|Kent Record Office|
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.
Dover is a town and civil parish and the administrative centre of Dover district in the County of Kent, see Dover Wikipedia for history and description of the town and port.
Dover St Mary the Virgin is an Ancient Parish and one of the two surviving churches with Dover St James the Apostle, Kent of the original six town parochial churches described by Edward Hasted (see link below)
A map of the parish boundary is available at A church near you
The Parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Biggin Street, Dover has been designated as a grade II* listed building British listed building
Resources[edit | edit source]
Civil Registration[edit | edit source]
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
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 Mary the Virgin parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|BOYD = Boyd's Marriage Index (findmypast) - (£)|
|FMP = findmypast - (£)|
|IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free|
|Dover St Mary the Virgin Online Parish Records|
|FMP||1557-1912||1557-1912||1539-1910; 1754-1861 (Banns)||1539-1910; 1754-1861 (Banns)||1559-1954||1559-1954|
Dover St John Mariner parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|Dover St John Mariner Parish Online Records|
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 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.
- Category:England Family History Centres to locate local Family History Centres in UK
- Introduction to Family History Centers to locate outside UK.
- Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.
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]
Edward Hasted describes the formation of the town workhouse in 1726 ['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
The Family History Library includes filming of:
- Admissions and discharges, births, deaths and religious creed registers of the Workhouse at Buckland, 1835-1914
- Dover Poor Law Union whose records are held at the Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone, England. The workhouse is in the parish of Buckland in the district of Dover. Kent Archives Office reference at date of microfilming (1991) GI Do/WIA 1-19; WIB 1-2; WIC 1; WID 1.
In addition, the Family History Library has microfilm of Parish chest records, 1611-1858 for Dover which were microfilmed at Canterbury Cathedral Archives in 1992 under reference U3/30/4/1, U3/30/8/1-5, U3/30/13/1-3, U3/30/16/1-2, U3/30/18/1-40, U3/30/19/1, U3/30/25/1
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]
- FHC Portal This centre has access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access in the centre to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
- Publication of the restricted access images England, Kent, Wills and Probate - FamilySearch Historical Records and England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments - FamilySearch Historical Records means that it is advisable to telephone the centre to reserve a computer if you wish to view these
Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
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Websites[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 78-84. Date accessed: 25 July 2013.
- Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists, 1987). Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
- 'Canterbury baptism records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 8 November 2013.
- 'Canterbury marriage records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 14 November 2013.
- 'Canterbury banns coverage', Find My Past, accessed 11 November 2013.
- 'Canterbury burial records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 14 November 2013.
- Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 15 November 2013.
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