Staple, Kent Genealogy

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

Staple, Kent
Staple St James the Great Kent.jpg
Staple St James the Great Kent
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Downhamford
County Kent, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Eastry
Registration District Eastry
Records begin
Parish registers: 1544
Bishop's Transcripts: 1564
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Bridge
Diocese Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Canterbury
Location of Archive
Kent History and Library Centre

Parish History[edit | edit source]

STAPLE-next-Wingham (St. James), a parish, in the union of Eastry, hundred of Downhamford, lathe of St. Augustine, E division of Kent, 1¾ mile E by S from Wingham. [1]

Staple is a village and civil parish in the Dover district of Kent. Staple Kent Wikipedia Ash is a neighbouring village.

Staple is an Ancient Parish distinct from that of Ash St Nicholas Ash (near Sandwich), Kent Genealogy but both churches are in The Street Ash.

The Parish Church of St James the Great, The Street, Ash has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building.

See also Edward Hasted's 'Parishes: Staple', The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 9 (1800), pp. 185-190. at British History Online and Staple Wikipedia.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Eastry Registration District and Thanet 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 (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]

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

FMP = FindMyPast - (£)[2]
Staple Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FMP 1813-1897 1813-1897

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Land Tax[edit | edit source]

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for Staple 1841-1891 The Family History Library refers to Staple next Wingham but Staple is a civil parish and one presumes that the "next Wingham" has been introduced by the Family History Library rather than based on any Kent record source.

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. 192-195. Date accessed: 08 May 2013.
  2. 'Canterbury burial records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 14 November 2013.