High Halstow, Kent Genealogy

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High Halstow

Guide to High Halstow, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

High Halstow, Kent
High Halstow St Margaret Kent.jpg
High Halstow St Margaret Kent
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Hoo
County Kent, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Hoo
Registration District Hoo
Records begin
Parish registers: 1653
Bishop's Transcripts: 1718
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Rochester
Diocese Rochester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester
Location of Archive
Kent History and Library Centre

Parish History[edit | edit source]

HALSTOW, HIGH, (St. Margaret), a parish, in the union and hundred of Hoo, lathe of Aylesford, W division of Kent, 6 miles NNE from Rochester.[1]

High Halstow is a village and civil parish on the Hoo Peninsula in Kent in the Medway borough of Kent. See High Halstow Wikipedia and Hoo Peninsula Wikipedia

High Halstow St Margaret is an Ancient Parish on the Hoo peninsula in the Medway district of Kent.

The ancient church at High Halstow is referred to in the Domesday survey and stands about 50 metres above the Medway estuary at one of the highest points on the Hoo peninsula.

The present church was built in the 13th century with later additions and the tower was rebuilt in the 18th century. The church is designated a grade I listed building by English Heritage.British Listed Building

Edward Hasted, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 4 (1798), pp. 16-19 at British History Online and Kent Churches website.

North West Kent Family History Society

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

This parish was part of Hoo sub district Chatham Registration District and registrations from July 1837 to the present day are held at Medway district
The Register Office
Telephone 01634 338902
Fax 01634 338913

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]

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

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)
FMP = findmypast - (£)[2]
FREG = FreeREG - free[3]
FS BTs = England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch) - free[4]
FS PRs = England, Kent, Parish Registers (FamilySearch) - free[5]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[6]
MED = Medway Ancestors - free[7]
High Halstow Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1653-1734


FREG 1735-1791, 1813-1955
FS BTs 1718-1868 1718-1868 1718-1868
FS PRs 1653-1874 1653-1834; 1754-1866 (banns) 1653-1812
IGI 1735-1874 1735-1836
MED 1653-1957 1653-1957 1653-1957

Land Tax[edit | edit source]

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for High Halstow 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.

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.

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. 379-383. Date accessed: 12 August 2013.
  2. 'Coverage of Kent parish marriage records', Find My Past, accessed 6 November 2013.
  3. 'Kent Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 6 November 2013.
  4. 'England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 11 November 2013.
  5. 'England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 13 November 2013.
  6. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 15 November 2013.
  7. 'Medway Ancestors Imagebase: list of parishes, in alphabetical order', Cityark, accessed 8 November 2013.