Meopham, Kent Genealogy

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

Meopham, Kent
Meopham St John the Baptist Kent.jpg
Meopham St John the Baptist Kent
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Toltingtrough
County Kent, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union North Aylesford
Registration District North Aylesford
Records begin
Parish registers: 1561
Bishop's Transcripts: 1671
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Shoreham
Diocese Rochester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Pre-1845 - Court of the Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Deaneries of Arches, Croydon and Shorham; Post-1844 - Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester
Location of Archive
Kent History and Library Centre

Parish History[edit | edit source]

MEOPHAM (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of North Aylesford, hundred of Toltingtrough, lathe of Aylesford, W division of Kent, 5½ miles S from the town of Gravesend. [1]

Meopham is a village and civil parish in the Gravesham district of Kent Meopham Wikipedia

Meopham St John the Baptist is an Ancient Parish and the village and civil parish has one of the longest village streets in Kent. The linear village extends seven miles in length and includes the settlements of Hook Green, The Street (Dodmore), Meopham Green, Culverstone, Camer (Camer Park) and the neighbouring ancient parish of Nursted, Kent Genealogy (Nurstead Court).

The church dates from 1320-1325 and was rebuilt in 1326 after an earthquake and subsequently restored in 1858 and 1874. It is designated as a grade I listed building by English Heritage.

The parish church of St John the Baptist has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building

See Edward Hasted, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 356-367 at British History Online and Kent Churches website

The Mount Zion Baptist Church dates from 1828 and is in Meopham Green; the South Street Baptist Church is in Culverstone and the Roman Catholic Church of St Paul was consecrated in 1965.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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]

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

FMP = FindMyPast - (£)[2][3][4]
FREG = FreeREG - free[5]
FS BTs = England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch) - free[6]
FS PRs = England, Kent, Parish Registers (FamilySearch) - free[7]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[8]
MED = Medway Ancestors - free[9]
Meopham Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FMP 1562-1812
FREG 1728-1947
FS BTs 1813-1850 1813-1850 1813-1850
FS PRs 1561-1871 1561-1837; 1754-1873 (banns) 1561-1812, 1854-1871
IGI 1561-1871 1575-1837
MED 1561-1991 1561-1991 1561-1991

International Genealogical Index: Christenings 1561-1871 Batch (C135001, C135002, C135004) Marriages 1575-1743; 1747-1837 Batches (M135001, M135002)

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for Meopham 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.

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. 291-295. Date accessed: 17 April 2013.
  2. 'Coverage of Kent parish baptism records', Find My Past, accessed 5 November 2013.
  3. 'Coverage of Kent parish marriage records', Find My Past, accessed 6 November 2013.
  4. 'Coverage of Kent parish burial records', Find My Past, accessed 6 November 2013.
  5. 'Kent Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 6 November 2013.
  6. 'England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 11 November 2013.
  7. 'England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 13 November 2013.
  8. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 18 November 2013.
  9. 'Medway Ancestors Imagebase: list of parishes, in alphabetical order', Cityark, accessed 8 November 2013.