=== Parish History ===
Riverhead is a former village and now part of the built up area of Sevenoaks. The civil parish of Riverhead is in the Sevenoaks district of Kent [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riverhead,_Kent
+ Riverhead Wikipedia] <br> Riverhead St Mary is an Ecclesiastical Parish formed as a chapelry in 1831 from the neighbouring [[Sevenoaks, Kent]] Ancient Parish. <br> The church of St Mary the Virgin was consecrated as a chapel of Ease in 1831 and was at that time within the village of Riverhead and formed part of the Diocese of Rochester. It was built upon land donated by the Amherst and Lambarde families. The church was built to the design of Decimus Burton. The church of St Mary Riverhead has been designated as a grade II listed building [http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-446984-church-of-st-mary-riverhead + British listed building]<br> See [http://www.kentchurches.info/church.asp?p=Riverhead + Kent Churches website] <br> Riverhead became absorbed into the town of Sevenoaks. The civil parish is in the Sevenoaks district of Kent. <br> The modern parish is united with Dunton Green. [http://www.nwkfhs.org.uk/dunt_plc.htm+ Dunton Green North West kent Family History Society] which contains details of other places of worship in Dunton Green.<br> Here's an important historical and jurisdictional perspective by Samuel A. Lewis, a well-known 19th century topographer in 1848:<br> "RIVERHEAD, a '''chapelry, in the parish '''and union '''of Seven-Oaks''', hundred of Codsheath, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, W. division of Kent, 1½ mile (N. W. by N.) from Seven-Oaks. It was one of at least two chapelries and which chapelry was was erected and endowed in 1831" and was attached to the ancient parish at Seven-Oaks (St Nicholas, which also see).<ref>Lewis, Samuel. A., [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51240 A Topographical Dictionary of England] (1848), pp. 676-679. Adapted. Date accessed: 24 May 2013.</ref>
== Resources ==
==== Civil Registration ====
+ Sevenoaks Registration District] 1837-1941 [http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/tonbridge.html + Tonbridge Registration District]
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
<br>(Certificate Centre)<br>Grove Hill Road<br>Tunbridge Wells<br>Kent TN1 1EP <br>
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The [[England Civil Registration|civil registration]] article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is [http://freebmd.org.uk/ FreeBMD].
[http://www.kent-opc.org/index.html Kent Online Parish Clerks] has indexes available for select parishes. Records are also available at the [https://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/history-and-heritage/kent-archives Kent Archives].
==== Census records ====
<br>[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F508893 + Census returns for Sevenoaks 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 '''[[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.<br>[[:Category:England Family History Centres]] to locate local Family History Centres in UK<br>[[Introduction to Family History Centers]] to locate outside UK.<br>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.
[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/group/ukicen Ancestry UK Census Collection] [http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/search-menu/census-land-and-surveys
+ Find my Past census search 1841-1901] <br> <br>
==== Poor Law Unions ====
[[Sevenoaks Poor Law Union, Kent]]
==== Probate records ====
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to [[Kent Probate Records|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.
See [[England, Kent, Wills and Probate - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
==== Local Family History Centre ====
[[Orpington Family History Centre, Kent]] [[Maidstone Family History Centre, Kent]]
:*'''[[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 ==
RIVERHEAD, a '''chapelry''', in the parish and union of Seven-Oaks, hundred of Codsheath, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, W. division of Kent, 1½ mile (N. W. by N.) from Seven-Oaks. <ref>Lewis, Samuel A., [http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51240#s23 ''A Topographical Dictionary of England''] (1848), pp. 676-679. Date accessed: 06 May 2013.</ref>
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.<br>
*[http://maps.familysearch.org/ England Jurisdictions 1851]
*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
== Local Family History Centre ==