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Guide to '''Riverhead, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy:''' parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.  
 
Guide to '''Riverhead, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy:''' parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.  
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=== Chapel History  ===
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== 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 theVirgin 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>  
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"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 NW 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>
  
See [http://www.kentchurches.info/church.asp?p=Riverhead+ Kent Churches website]<br>
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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]  
  
Riverhead became absorbed into the town of Sevenoaks. The civil parish is in the Sevenoaks district of Kent.  
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Riverhead St Mary is an Ecclesiastical Parish formed as a chapelry in 1831 from the neighbouring [[Sevenoaks, Kent]] Ancient Parish.  
  
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>  
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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.
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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>
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See [http://www.kentchurches.info/church.asp?p=Riverhead Kent Churches website]
  
Here's an important historical and jurisdictional perspective by Samuel A. Lewis, a well-known 19th century topographer in 1848:<br>
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Riverhead became absorbed into the town of Sevenoaks. The civil parish is in the Sevenoaks district of Kent.
  
"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><br><br>
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The modern parish is united with Dunton Green.
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== Civil Registration  ====
 
==== Civil Registration  ====
  
See [http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/sevenoaks.html+ Sevenoaks Registration District] 1837-1941 [http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/tonbridge.html+ Tonbridge Registration District]  
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See [http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/sevenoaks.html 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.  
 
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>
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The Mansion House (Certificate Centre)<br>Grove Hill Road<br>Tunbridge Wells<br>Kent TN1 1EP  
  
 
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].  
 
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].  
  
==== Church records ====
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==== Church Records ====
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Riverhead parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FS PRs''' = [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1952887 England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911 (FamilySearch) - free]
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FS Canterbury PRs''' = [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2384987 England, Kent, Canterbury Parish Registers, 1538-1986 (FamilySearch) - free]
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FS BTs''' = [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1949386 England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911 (FamilySearch) - free]
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FREG''' = [https://www.freereg.org.uk/ FreeREG - free]
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FMP Kent''' = [https://search.findmypast.com/ Kent Baptisms, Marriages, Burials (FindMyPast) - ($)]
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FMP Canterbury''' = [https://search.findmypast.com/ Kent Canterbury Archdeaconry Baptisms, Marriages, Burials (FindMyPast) - ($)]
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FMP East Kent''' = [https://search.findmypast.com/ East Kent Marriage and Burial Indexes (FindMyPast) - ($)]
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''BOYD''' = [https://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/england-boyds-marriage-indexes-1538-1850 England, Boyd's Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850 (FindMyPast) - free]
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''IGI''' = [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free]<ref>ArcherSoftware.co.uk</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FS Catalog PRs''' = [https://www.familysearch.org/catalog/search FamilySearch Catalog Parish registers - free]
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FS Catalog BTs''' = [https://www.familysearch.org/catalog/search FamilySearch Catalog Bishop's transcripts - free]
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" scope="col" colspan="7" | '''Riverhead Online Parish Records'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" colspan="2" | <center>'''''Baptisms'''''</center>
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" colspan="2" | <center>'''''Marriages'''''</center>
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | <br>
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1952887 '''1538-1911''']
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | <br>
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| bgcolor="#ccffff" | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1952887 '''1538-1911''']
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FS Canterbury PRs'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2384987 '''1538-1986''']
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | <br>
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2384987 '''1538-1986''']
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | <br>
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| bgcolor="#ccffff" | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2384987 '''1538-1986''']
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | {{RecordSearch|1473014|'''1538-1975'''}}
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | {{RecordSearch|1473015|'''1538-1973'''}}
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FREG'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | [https://www.freereg.org.uk/ '''1538-1900s''']
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [https://www.freereg.org.uk/ '''1538-1900s''']
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FMP Kent'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/kent-baptisms '''1864-1919''']
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/kent-marriages '''1864-1919''']
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| bgcolor="#ccffff" | [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/kent-burials '''1864-1922''']
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FMP Canterbury'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/kent-canterbury-archdeaconry-baptisms '''1538-1918''']
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | <br>
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/kent-canterbury-archdeaconry-marriages '''1538-1934''']
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | <br>
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| bgcolor="#ccffff" | [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/kent-canterbury-archdeaconry-burials '''1538-1998''']
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FMP East Kent'''
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/kent-east-kent-marriage-index-1538-1754 '''1538-1754''']
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | <br>
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| bgcolor="#ccffff" | [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/east-kent-burial-index '''1813-1841''']
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''BOYD'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | <br>
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [https://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/england-boyds-marriage-indexes-1538-1850 '''1538-1850''']
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FS Catalog PRs'''
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To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use [http://maps.familysearch.org/ England Jurisdictions 1851 Map]. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
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[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].
  
 
Original deposited registers were formerly held at:  
 
Original deposited registers were formerly held at:  
  
Centre for Kentish Studies,County Hall,Maidstone,Kent ME14 1XX  
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Centre for Kentish Studies, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XX  
  
From Spring 2012 material formerly held at<br>Centre for Kentish Studies,County Hall,Maidstone,Kent ME14 1XX<br>is available at Kent History and Library Centre see [http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/archives_and_local_history.aspx Kent Archives] which also enables a search of the catalogue for Kent Archives material deposited at Canterbury Cathedral Archives  
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From Spring 2012 material formerly held at<br>Centre for Kentish Studies, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XX<br>is available at Kent History and Library Centre see [http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/archives_and_local_history.aspx Kent Archives] which also enables a search of the catalogue for Kent Archives material deposited at Canterbury Cathedral Archives  
  
Family History Library film numbers<br>{{FHL|England%2C+Kent%2C+Riverhead|subject|disp=Riverhead}} <br>See also [[England, Kent, Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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Family History Library film numbers<br>{{FHL|England%2C+Kent%2C+Riverhead|subject|disp=Riverhead}} <br>See also [[England, Kent, Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
 
Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. <br>
 
  
 
==== Census records  ====
 
==== 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]  
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[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 LDS 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.  
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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>
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*[[:Category:England Family History Centres]] to locate local Family History Centres in UK<br>
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*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]] to locate outside UK.<br>
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*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)  
 
Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable)  
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The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.  
 
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]  
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*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/group/ukicen Ancestry UK Census Collection] <br>
 
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*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/search-menu/census-land-and-surveys Find my Past census search 1841-1901]  
[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/search-menu/census-land-and-surveys+ Find my Past census search 1841-1901]  
 
 
 
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==== Poor Law Unions  ====
 
==== Poor Law Unions  ====
  
[[Sevenoaks Poor Law Union, Kent]]  
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*[[Sevenoaks Poor Law Union, Kent]]  
  
 
==== Probate records  ====
 
==== Probate records  ====
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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.  
 
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)]]<br>
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*See [[England, Kent, Wills and Probate - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
  
 
==== Local Family History Centre  ====
 
==== Local Family History Centre  ====
  
[[Orpington Family History Centre, Kent]]  
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*[[Orpington Family History Centre, Kent]] <br>
 
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*[[Maidstone Family History Centre, Kent]] <br>
[[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.  
 
:*'''[[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 <br>
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:*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
 
 
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== Maps and Gazetteers  ==
 
== 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>Samuel A. Lewis, [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>  
 
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.<br>  
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*[http://maps.familysearch.org/ England Jurisdictions 1851]  
 
*[http://maps.familysearch.org/ England Jurisdictions 1851]  
 
*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
 
*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
 
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== Local Family History Centre  ==
 
== Local Family History Centre  ==
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Guide to Riverhead, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.


Riverhead, Kent
Riverhead St Mary the Virgin Kent.jpg
Riverhead St Mary the Virgin Kent
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Codsheath
County Kent
Poor Law Union Sevenoaks
Registration District Sevenoaks
Records begin
Parish registers: 1831
Bishop's Transcripts: None
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Shoreham
Diocese Pre-1845 - Rochester; Post-1844 - Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Pre-1845 - Court of the Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Deaneries of Arches, Croydon and Shoreham; Post-1844 - Search the courts of surrounding parishes
Location of Archive
Kent Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

"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 NW 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).[1]

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 Riverhead Wikipedia

Riverhead St Mary is an Ecclesiastical Parish formed as a chapelry in 1831 from the neighbouring Sevenoaks, Kent Ancient Parish.

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 British listed building

See Kent Churches website

Riverhead became absorbed into the town of Sevenoaks. The civil parish is in the Sevenoaks district of Kent.

The modern parish is united with Dunton Green.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

See Sevenoaks Registration District 1837-1941 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 (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]

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

FS PRs = England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911 (FamilySearch) - free
FS Canterbury PRs = England, Kent, Canterbury Parish Registers, 1538-1986 (FamilySearch) - free
FS BTs = England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911 (FamilySearch) - free
FS = FamilySearch - free
FREG = FreeREG - free
FMP Kent = Kent Baptisms, Marriages, Burials (FindMyPast) - ($)
FMP Canterbury = Kent Canterbury Archdeaconry Baptisms, Marriages, Burials (FindMyPast) - ($)
FMP East Kent = East Kent Marriage and Burial Indexes (FindMyPast) - ($)
BOYD = England, Boyd's Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850 (FindMyPast) - free
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[2]
FS Catalog PRs = FamilySearch Catalog Parish registers - free
FS Catalog BTs = FamilySearch Catalog Bishop's transcripts - free
Riverhead Online Parish Records
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PRs 1538-1911
1538-1911
1538-1911
FS Canterbury PRs 1538-1986
1538-1986
1538-1986
FS BTs
1560-1911
1560-1911
1560-1911
FS 1538-1975
1538-1973
1538-1991
FREG 1538-1900s
1538-1900s
1538-1900s
FMP Kent 1864-1919
1864-1919
1864-1922
FMP Canterbury 1538-1918
1538-1934
1538-1998
FMP East Kent

1538-1754
1813-1841
BOYD

1538-1850


IGI



FS Catalog PRs


FS Catalog BTs


To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Kent Online Parish Clerks has indexes available for select parishes. Records are also available at the Kent Archives.

Original deposited registers were formerly held at:

Centre for Kentish Studies, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XX

From Spring 2012 material formerly held at
Centre for Kentish Studies, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XX
is available at Kent History and Library Centre see Kent Archives which also enables a search of the catalogue for Kent Archives material deposited at Canterbury Cathedral Archives

Family History Library film numbers
Riverhead
See also England, Kent, Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Census records[edit | edit source]

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.

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.

Local Family History Centre[edit | edit source]

Orpington Family History Centre, Kent is within reach of the Sevenoaks district, located adjacent to Orpington Station.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel. A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 676-679. Adapted. Date accessed: 24 May 2013.
  2. ArcherSoftware.co.uk