Betteshanger, Kent Genealogy

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

Betteshanger, Kent
Betteshanger St Mary Kent.jpg
Betteshanger St Mary Kent
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Eastry
County Kent
Poor Law Union Eastry
Registration District Eastry
Records begin
Parish registers: 1562
Bishop's Transcripts: 1569
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Sandwich
Diocese Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury
Location of Archive
Kent Record Office

Parish History

BETTESHANGER (St. Mary), a parish, in the union and hundred of Eastry, lathe of St. Augustine, E. division of Kent, 4 miles (S. S. W.) from Sandwich. Betteshanger is in the Northbourne civil Parish in the Dover district of Kent.[1]

Northbourne, Kent is an Ancient parish; a map of the parish boundary including Betteshanger is available at A church near you. The Church of St Mary the Virgin was within that parish and served the Betteshanger community as it grew with the industrialisation of the village.

The church of St Mary the Virgin is on the site of an earlier 13th century church and dates from the 1853 design of architect Anthony Salvin for Sir Walter James. The church is at the northern corner of Northbourne Park and the approach is by a dirt track. The site is now part of Northbourne Park School.See Kent Resources website

The church of St Mary the Virgin Northbourne Betteshanger has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building  and Kent Churches website

See Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 9 (1800), pp. 583-604 at British History Online for references to the Betteshanger estate within the parish of Northbourne.

Betteshanger village and the colliery developed in the 1920's were the largest pit in the  Kent Coalfield. The pit closed in 1989.See Coalfields Heritage Initiative Kent

See also Betteshanger Wikipedia


Civil Registration

Eastry 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

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

FMP = findmypast - (£)[2][3][4]
Betteshanger, Kent Genealogy Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FMP 1562-1853 1562-1853 1583-1836 1583-1836 1562-1932 1562-1932

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Land Tax

Images for Betteshanger and Ham, Kent are available at FamilySearch Records see England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments (FamilySearch Historical Records) 1780-1831

Census records

Census returns for Betteshanger 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.
Category:England Family History Centres to locate local Family History Centres in UK
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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)

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Ancestry UK Census Collection

Find my Past census search 1841-1901

Poor Law Unions

Eastry 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 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

Canterbury Family History Centre, Kent

Maidstone Family History Centre, Kent

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.



  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England, (1848), pp. 223-228. Date Accessed: 1 July 2013.
  2. 'Canterbury baptism records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 8 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.