Free Guide to Kent England Ancestors

November 22, 2013  - by 

FamilySearch is pleased to announce a new online guide to tracing ancestors in the ceremonial County of Kent England. Kent’s many historical attractions include Canterbury Cathedral (pictured to the left), Gravesend — the last stop for many ships traveling down the River Thames from London, and the White Cliffs of Dover — where you can look across the English Channel and see France on a clear day. The guide has been published in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.

Features include articles on each of Kent’s 400 Anglican parishes loaded with descriptions of records available online at major websites Ancestry.co.uk, BritishOrigins.com, FamilyRelativesFamilySearch.org, FindMyPast.co.uk, FreeRegTheGenealogist.co.uk, Google Books, Internet Archive, Kent Online Parish Clerks, and Medway Ancestors among others.

Genealogists will find tables describing where to find parish registers online, maps to pinpoint places Kentish ancestors lived, wills of the county’s residents, and learn how to find and use major Kent archives and libraries, such as the Kent History and Library Centre, Canterbury Cathedral Archives, Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, The National Archives, and the Society of Genealogists Library.

Here’s an example of what you’ll find on a parish page:

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Kent Parishes

A Acrise  • Addington  • Adisham  • Aldington  • Alkham  • Allhallows  • Allington  • Appledore  • Ash (near Ridley)  • Ash (near Sandwich)  • Ashford  •Ashurst  • Aylesford

B Badlesmere  • Bapchild  • Barfrestone  • Barham  • Barming, East  • Bearstead  • Beckenham St George   • Bekesbourne  • Benenden  •Bethersden  • Betteshanger  • Bexley  • Bicknor  • Bidborough  • Biddenden  • Bilsington  • Birchington   • Bircholt  • Birling  • Bishopsbourne  • Blackmanstone • Blean  • Bobbing  • Bonnington  • Borden  • Boughton Aluph  • Boughton Malherbe  • Boughton Monchelsea  • Boughton under Blean   • Boxley  • Brabourne • Brasted  • Bredgar  • Bredhurst  • Brenchley  • Brenzett  • Bridge  • Broadstairs  • Bromley St Peter and St Paul  • Bromley Holy Trinity  • Brompton  • Brook  •Brookland  • Broomfield  • Buckland  • Buckland near Dover  • Burham  • Burmarsh

C Canterbury Christchurch Cathedral  • Canterbury All Saints  •Canterbury Black Prince’s Chantry  • Canterbury East Bridge Hospital  • Canterbury Holy Cross Westgate  • Canterbury Old Castle  • Canterbury St Alphege  •Canterbury St Andrew  • Canterbury St Augustine  • Canterbury St Dunstan  • Canterbury St George the Martyr  • Canterbury St Gregory the Great  •Canterbury St John’s Hospital  • Canterbury St Margaret  • Canterbury St Martin  • Canterbury St Mary Bredin  • Canterbury St Mary Bredman  • Canterbury St Mary Magdalen  • Canterbury St Mary North Gate  • Canterbury St Mildred with St Mary de Castro  • Canterbury St Paul  • Canterbury St Peter  • Canterbury the Archbishop’s Palace Precincts  • Canterbury White Friars  • Capel  • Capel-le-Ferne  • Chalk  • Challock  • Charing  • Charlton by Dover  • Charlton next Woolwich  • Chart, Great  • Chart, Little  • Chartham  • Chart Sutton  • Chatham  • Chelsfield  • Cheriton  • Chevening  • Chiddingstone  • Chilham  •Chillenden  • Chislehurst  • Chislet  • Cliffe at Hoo  • Cliffe, East  • Cliffe, West  • Cobham  • Coldred  • Cooling  • Cowden  • Cranbrook  • Cray, Foots  • Cray, North  • Cray, St Mary  • Cray, St Paul’s  • Crayford  • Crundale  • Cudham  • Cuxton

D Darenth  • Dartford  • Davington  • Deal St Leonard  • Deal St Andrew • Deal St George  • Denton (near Dover)  • Denton (near Gravesend)  • Deptford St Nicholas  • Deptford St Paul  • Detling  • Ditton  • Doddington  • Dover Castle  • Dover St James the Apostle  • Dover St Mary the Virgin  • Dover Trinity  • Downe  • Dunkirk  • Dymchurch

E Eastbridge  • Eastchurch  • Eastcliffe  •East Farleigh  • East Langdon  • Eastling  • East Malling  • East Peckham  • East Peckham Holy Trinity  • Eastry  • East Sutton  • Eastwell  • East Wickham  •Ebony  • Edenbridge  • Egerton  • Elham  • Elmley  • Elmsted  • Elmstone  • Eltham St John the Baptist  • Erith  • Ewell, Temple  • Eynsford  • Eythorne

F Fairfield  • Farleigh, East  • Farleigh, West  • Farnborough  • Farningham  • Faversham  • Fawkham  • Folkestone St Mary and St Eanswythe  • Folkestone Christ Church  • Fordwich  • Frant  • Frindsbury  • Frinsted  • Frittenden

G Galley Hill  • Gillingham  • Godmersham  • Goodnestone (near Faversham)  •Goodnestone (near Sandwich)  • Goudhurst  • Grain  • Graveney  • Gravesend St George  • Great Chart  • Greenhithe  • Greenwich St Alfege  • Greenwich, East Christ Church  • Greenwich, West  • Guston

H Hackington  • Hadlow  • Halden, High  • Halling  • Halstead  • Halstow, High  • Halstow, Lower  • Ham  •Harbledown  • Hardres, Lower  • Hardres, Upper  • Harrietsham  • Hartley  • Hartlip  • Harty  • Hastingleigh  • Hawkhurst  • Hawkinge  • Hayes  • Headcorn  •Hempstead  • Herne  • Herne Bay Christ Church  • Hernhill  • Hever  • Higham  • Hildenborough  • Hinxhill  • Hoath  • Hollingbourne  • Hoo Allhallows  • Hoo St Werburgh  • Hoo St Mary  • Horsmonden  • Horton Kirby  • Hothfield  • Hougham  • Hougham-in-Dover  • Hucking  • Hunton  • Hurst  • Hythe  • Hythe, West

I Ickham  • Ide Hill  • Ifield  • Ightham  • Ivychurch  • Iwade

K Kemsing  • Kenardington  • Kennington  • Keston  • Kidbrooke  • Kilndown  • Kingsdown • Kingsdown St John  • Kingsdown with Mappiscombe  • Kingsnorth  • Kingston  • Knockholt  • Knowlton

L Lamberhurst  • Langdon, East  • Langdon, West  •Langley  • Leaveland  • Lee St Margaret  • Leeds  • Leigh  • Lenham  • Lewisham St Mary  • Leybourne  • Leysdown  • Lidsing  • Linton  • Littlebourne  • Little Chart  • Longfield  • Loose  • Luddenham  • Luddesdown  • Lullingstone  • Luton  • Lydd  • Lydden  • Lyminge  • Lympne  • Lynsted

M Maidstone All Saints  •Maidstone Holy Trinity  • Maidstone St Peter  • Malling, East  • Malling, West  • Marden  • Mareston  • Margate St John the Baptist  • Margate Holy Trinity  • Mark Beech  • Marsh, West  • Meopham  • Mereworth  • Mersham  • Midley  • Milstead  • Milton  • Milton Holy Trinity  • Milton Regis  • Milton next Canterbury  •Milton-next-Gravesend  • Minster in Sheppey  • Minster in Thanet  • Mint  • Molash  • Mongeham, Great  • Mongeham, Little  • Monks Horton  • Monkton  •Murston

N Nackington  • Nettlestead  • Newchurch  • Newenden  • Newington next Hythe  • Newington next Sittingbourne  • Newnham  • Nonington  •Northbourne  • Northfleet  • Norton  • Nursted

O Oare  • Offham  • Orgarswick  • Orlestone  • Orpington  • Ospringe  • Otford  • Otham  • Otterden  •Oxney

P Paddlesworth (near Folkstone)  • Paddlesworth (near Snodland)  • Patrixbourne  • Peckham, East  • Peckham, East Holy Trinity  • Peckham, West  •Pembury  • Penshurst  • Petham with Waltham  • Platt  • Plaxtol  • Pluckley  • Plumstead St Nicholas  • Postling  • Preston  • Preston next Faversham

Q Queenborough

R Rainham  • Ramsgate St George  • Ramsgate Christ Church  • Ramsgate Holy Trinity  • Reculver  • Ridley  • Ringwould  • Ripple  • River  •Riverhead  • Rochester Cathedral  • Rochester Castle Precincts  • Rochester Precincts of the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary  •Rochester St Margaret  • Rochester St Nicholas with St Clement  • Rodmersham  • Rolvenden  • Romney, New with Hope  • Romney, Old  • Rosherville  •Ruckinge  • Ryarsh

S Saltwood  • Sandgate  • Sandhurst  • Sandwich St Bartholomew’s Hospital  • Sandwich St Clement  • Sandwich St Mary  • Sandwich St Peter • Seal  • Seasalter  • Sellindge  • Selling  • Sevenoaks  • Sevenoaks Weald  • Sevington  • Shadoxhurst  • Sheerness  • Sheldwich  • Shipbourne  • Sholden  •Shoreham  • Shorne  • Sibertswold  • Sidcup St John  • Sissinghurst  • Sittingbourne  • Smarden  • Smeeth  • Snargate  • Snave  • Snodland  • Southborough St Peter  • Southfleet  • South Willesborough  • Speldhurst  • St Laurence in Thanet  • St Margaret at Cliffe  • St Mary in the Marsh  • St Nicholas at Wade  • St Nicholas Hospital  • St Peter in Thanet  • Stalisfield  • Stanford  • Stansted  • Staple  • Staplegate  • Staplehurst  • Stelling  • Stelling Minnis  • Stockbury  •Stodmarsh  • Stoke  • Stonar  • Stone (near Dartford)  • Stone (next Faversham)  • Stone-in-Oxney  • Stourmouth  • Stowting  • Strood St Nicholas  • Sturry  •Sundridge  • Sutton at Hone  • Sutton by Dover  • Sutton Valence  • Sutton, Chart  • Sutton, East  • Swalecliffe  • Swanley  • Swanscombe  • Swingfield

T Temple Ewell  • Tenterden  • Teston  • Teynham  • Thanington  • Throwley  • Thurnham  • Tilmanstone  • Tonbridge St Peter and St Paul  • Tonge  • Tovil  •Trottiscliffe  • Tudeley  • Tunbridge Wells Holy Trinity  • Tunstall  • Twydall

U Ulcombe  • Upchurch  • Upnor

W Waldershare  • Walmer  • Warden  • Warehorne • Wateringbury  • Westbere  • Westcliffe  • Westerham  • West Farleigh  • West Langdon  • West Malling  • Westmarsh  • West Peckham  • Westwell  • West Wickham  • Whitfield  • Whitstable  • Wickham, East  • Wickham, West  • Wichling  • Wickhambreaux  • Wigmore  • Willesborough, South  • Wilmington  •Wingham  • Wittersham  • Womenswold  • Woodchurch  • Woodlands  • Woodnesborough  • Woolwich St John the Baptist  • Woolwich St Mary  • Woolwich St Thomas  • Wootton  • Wormshill  • Worth  • Wouldham  • Wrotham  • Wye

Y Yalding

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Tip

If you’re having a difficult time remembering how to get back to your parish’s guide, try Google. Google the name of your ancestor’s parish + genealogy or parish registers, etc. and you should see FamilySearch’s  guide appear as one of the top results.

Nathan Murphy

Nathan W. Murphy, MA, AG is a United States and Canada Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. He specializes in Southern United States and English family trees.

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  1. Hi Nathan
    I wonder if I can ask for ur help. Back in 1942 and I was only 6 at the time I had a very dear friend whom I called Uncle and his name was Harry William Thomas Middleton but alas Harry died when his ship the HMS Leda went doiwn off the coast of Greenland. To this day I still miss my (Uncle) I intend to put him on my family tree and wonder if there r still some relatives of Harry so that I can get in touch with. {Please can u help) My name is Ron Cromar and I live just outside of Aberdeen Thank U Ron

  2. Searching for records for John Dolb(e)y and Sarah – pre 1835 in Kent England. John may have been a widower at marriage to Sarah who may have been a widow. Sarah may have been married to surname Holyman / Holiman (or variations) prior to marriage to John Dolb(e)y. Other possible surname connections for Sarah are Greenway and Williams

  3. Searching grate grate grandfather his name was John Martin he was born in Kent England 1816 on this date he was sentenced on this date 21/3/1835 and left England for a Australia John left England from Portsmouth on this date 8/6/1835 the ship was England 2 can you please help me

  4. Hi my surname is Medway
    What is the history of this name are my family from Kent,as I grew up in care and don’t know much about my family

    1. I believe so. The name Medway is Anglo-Saxon and generally was given to people who resided near the river Medway which runs through Sussex and Kent. Hope this helps! I found this information on this site.