Swalecliffe, Kent Genealogy

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

Swalecliffe, Kent
Swalecliffe St John the Baptist Kent.jpg
Swalecliffe St John the Baptist Kent
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Bleangate
County Kent, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Blean
Registration District Blean
Records begin
Parish registers: 1558
Bishop's Transcripts: None
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Westbere
Diocese Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury
Location of Archive
Kent History and Library Centre

Parish History[edit | edit source]

SWALECLIFFE (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of Blean, hundred of Bleangate, lathe of St. Augustine, E division of Kent, 6½ miles N from Canterbury. [1]

Swalecliffe is a village within the City of Canterbury district of Kent Swalecliffe Wikipedia

Swalecliffe St John the Baptist was an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Canterbury originating in the 12th century it was rebuilt in 1875 due to dilapidation. A history and image of the church is available at History of the church

The modern church is within the Whitstable benefice, a map of the benefice is available at A church near you.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

See Blean 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]

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

FMP = FindMyPast - (£)[2][3][4]
Swalecliffe Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FMP 1558-1912 1558-1912 1607-1924 1607-1924 1607-1812 1607-1812

Archdeacon's transcripts, 1560-1812; Bishop's transcripts, 1611-1881 were microfilmed at Canterbury Cathedral Archives, The Precinct, Canterbury which also holds parish records for the restoration reference DCb/E/F/Swalecliffe, St John the Baptist.

Land Tax[edit | edit source]

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

  • Kent Census
  • 1841 Census returns for Swalecliffe are missing.

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]

Swalecliffe on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 280-283. Date accessed: 06 May 2013.
  2. 'Canterbury baptism records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 11 November 2013.
  3. 'Canterbury marriage records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 14 November 2013.
  4. 'Canterbury burial records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 14 November 2013.