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England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Kent,  England
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Record Description
Record Type Parish Registers
Collection years 1538-1911
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
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Kent History and Library Centre



What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains an index and images of baptismal, marriage, and burial records from the county of Kent for the years 1538-1911. Availability of records varies by year and locality.

Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are central to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.


Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. These images can be viewed online by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at a Family History Center near you, or the Family History Library. The images are also viewable to users who have contributed to the FamilySearch Indexing effort. Learn how to be a part of FamilySearch indexing here.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Christening

  • Name of the child
  • Date and place of christening
  • Names of the parents

Marriage

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Often includes age, estimated birth year and parents' names

Burial

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date and place of burial
  • Age
  • Estimated birth year

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

For additional details about these records and help using them see England Parish Registers - FamilySearch Historical Records

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

The following records have been moved to the Medway Archives Center.

Place Church Reference Dates
Ash Next Ridley Saints Peter & Paul P8 1563-1997
Borstal St. Matthew P305B 1879-2001
Bredhurst St. Peter P44 1546-1993
Burham St. Mary The Virgin P52 1627-1981
Chalk St. Mary The Virgin P77 1661-2003
Chatham All Saints P85H 1899-c.1989
Chatham St. Alban P85J 1922-1998
Chatham St. John P85B 1842-1980
Chatham St. Mary P85 1568-1974
Chatham St. Paul P85C 1814-1993
Chatham St. Philip And St. James P85F 1950-1989
Chatham St. Stephen P85E 1932-1992
Chatham St. William P85G 1960-1973
Cliffe At Hoo St. Helen P94 1558-2000
Cobham St. Mary Magdalene P96 1373-1998
Cooling St. James P98 1707-1977
Crockenhill All Souls P139B 1852-2001
Cuxton St. Michael And All Angels P108 1560-1994
Darenth St. Margaret Of Antioch P109 1678-2008
Dartford Christchurch P110B 1909-1992
Dartford Holy Trinity P110 1363-1994
Dartford St. Alban P110C 1903-1991
Dartford St. Edmund King And Martyr P110D 1956-1999
Fawkham St. Mary The Virgin P147 1568-1986
Frindsbury All Saints P150 1669-2012
Galley Hill All Saints P362C 1885-1971
Gillingham St. Augustine P153H 1911-2016
Gillingham St. Barnabas P153F 1885-1995
Gillingham St. Luke P153G 1891-1994
Gillingham St. Mark P153E 1863-1985
Gillingham St. Mary Magdalene P153 1558-2001
Gravesend Holy Family P159E 1959-1977
Gravesend St. Aidan P159D 1952-1990
Gravesend St. George P159 1547-1973
Gravesend St. James P159B 1851-1971
Gravesend St. Mary P159C 1904-1983
Greenhithe St. Mary The Virgin P362B 1857-1988
Halling St. John The Baptist P165 1705-1995
Hartley All Saints P174 1712-2003
Hempstead All Saints P153J 1924-1979
High Halstow St. Margaret P167 1653-1991
Higham With Merston Higham With Merston P185 1653-2005
Hoo Allhallows [All Hallows], All Saints P188 1629-1999
Hoo St. Mary [St. Mary Hoo] P189 1695-1978
Hoo St. Werburgh P190 1587-1995
Horton Kirby St. Mary P193 1671-2016
Ifield St. Margaret P201 1751-2012
Isle Of Grain St. James P314 1653-1992
Lidsing St. Mary Magdalene's Chapel P153C 1727-1883
Longfield St. Mary Magdalene P231 1558-1978
Lower Birling Christ Church P29C 1893-1984
Luddesdown St. Peter And St. Paul P235 1650-1997
Luton Christ Church P85D 1845-1972
Meopham St. John The Baptist P246 1561-2007
Milton-Next-Gravesend Christchurch P252C 1851-2006
Milton-Next-Gravesend Holy Trinity P252B 1845-1966
Milton-Next-Gravesend St. Peter And St. Paul P252 1558-1959
Northfleet St. Botolph P270 1539-1977
Nurstead St. Mildred P272 1561-1998
Old Brompton Holy Trinity P153D 1848-1955
Parkwood St. Paul P153M 1979-1990
Perry Street All Saints P270C 1871-2002
Rainham St. Margaret Of Antioch P296 1517-1987
Ridley St. Peter And St. Paul P299 1625-1981
Rochester St. Justus P305C 1948-1991
Rochester St. Margaret P305 1653-1993
Rochester St. Nicholas P306 1624-1972
Rochester St. Peter'S P305D 1860-1981
Rosherville St. Mark P270B 1852-1976
Shorne St. Peter And St. Paul P336 1538-1998
Snodland All Saints P342 1559-1987
Southfleet St. Nicholas Of Myra P343 1558-1980
Stoke St. Peter And St. Paul P350 1666-1991
Stone Next Dartford St. Mary The Virgin P352 1718-1995
Strood St. Francis P150E 1941-1974
Strood St. Mary P150D 1869-1993
Strood St. Nicholas P150B 1565-1996
Sutton-At-Hone St. John The Baptist P358 1607-2012
Swanley St. Mary P358C 1902-1930
Swanley St. Paul P358B 1861-1969
Swanscombe St. Peter And St. Paul P362 1559-1978
Twydall Holy Trinity P153K 1951-1985
Upnor St. Philip And St. James P150C 1878-2001
Wigmore St. Matthew P153I 1931-1993
Wilmington St. Michael And All Angels P397 1683-1996
Wouldham All Saints P405 1538-1973

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The approximate date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select County
  2. Select Parish
  3. Select Event Type and Year Range (with Volume) to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Save or print a copy of the image or record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • Use the information which you have found to estimate ages in other life events. For example, use a christening date to approximate a marriage date, or a burial record to calculate an estimated year of birth
  • Once you have found a christening or a burial church record, you may want to search for birth and death in civil records (1837 and later)
  • Use the information you have found to find the person and families in census records
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
  • Be careful using the listed age on a marriage record to estimate a birth year. Rather than listing actual ages, clerks often wrote in 21 as the age of both the bride and groom to show that they each were of legal age
  • Search the records of nearby locations
    • Essex to the north
    • London and Surrey to the west
    • East Sussex to the south
  • Check for other names. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
  • Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as scribes heard them. Try searching based on how the name may have been pronounced
  • Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of results
  • The individual might not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination
  • When you search baptismal records, remember that it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
  • Note that marriages often took place in the parish where the bride resided

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Kent.


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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