Dunkirk, Kent Genealogy

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

Dunkirk, Kent
Former Christ Church Dunkirk Kent.jpg
Former Christ Church Dunkirk Kent
Type Extra-parochial area (England)
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Westgate
County Kent, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Faversham
Registration District Faversham
Records begin
Parish registers: For records see surrounding parishes
Bishop's Transcripts: For records see surrounding parishes
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Not Applicable
Diocese Not Applicable
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Search the courts of the surrounding parishes
Location of Archive
Kent History and Library Centre

Parish History[edit | edit source]

DUNKIRK VILLE, an extra-parochial liberty, in the union of Faversham, hundred of Westgate, lathe of St. Augustine, E division of Kent, 5 miles W by N from Canterbury. [1]
Dunkirk is a village and civil parish in the Swale district of Kent, see Dunkirk Kent Wikipedia

Dunkirk Christ Church was formed as an Ecclesiastical parish in 1841.

The church was dedicated on 10 June 1841 by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was the work of architect John Whichcord. The 1838 Courtenay riots in Dunkirk, an extra parochial area which was deprived, caused the creation of the parish to meet the needs of local people. For a history of the riots see Battle of Bossenden Wood Wikipedia

The walls contain flints from the Canterbury City walls the gift of the Archbishop of Canterbury and removed during renovation of the city walls.

The church is designated Grade II listed building by English Heritage and was declared redundant in 1988 and is now a private residential dwelling.British listed building See Kent Churches website

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

See Faversham Registration District

Kent County Council

Registration Services
Invicta House
County Hall
Kent ME14 1XX Telephone 08458 247 400
http://www.kent.gov.uk are developing online search for all birth marriages and deaths as a result of a community volunteer effort. Not all events are capable of search but the index is updated annually. 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]

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

FMP = findmypast - (£)[2][3][4]
Dunkirk Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FMP 1810-1912 1810-1912 1841-1927 (Banns) 1841-1927 (Banns) 1841-1904 1841-1904

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Land Tax[edit | edit source]

Images for Dunkirk are available at FamilySearch Records see England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments - FamilySearch Historical Records 1780-1831

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for Dunkirk 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 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.

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]

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]

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Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 102-105. Date accessed: 25 July 2013. L
  2. 'Canterbury baptism records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 8 November 2013.
  3. 'Canterbury banns coverage', Find My Past, accessed 11 November 2013.
  4. 'Canterbury burial records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 14 November 2013.