Capel-le-Ferne, Kent Genealogy

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Guide to Capel-le-Ferne, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Capel-le-Ferne, Kent
Capel-le-Ferne St Mary Kent.jpg
Capel-le-Ferne St Mary Kent
Type Chapelry
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Folkestone
County Kent
Poor Law Union Dover
Registration District Dover
Records begin
Parish registers: 1592; For more records see Alkham
Bishop's Transcripts: 1563
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Dover
Diocese Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury
Location of Archive
Kent Record Office

Parish History

CAPEL-LE-FERNE (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Dovor, hundred of Folkestone, lathe of Shepway, E. division of Kent, 3¼ miles (N. N. E.) from Folkestone. [1]

Capel-le-Ferne is a village and civil parish in the Dover District of Kent , see Capel-le-Ferne Wikipedia

Capel-le-Ferne St Mary is a redundant church in the care of the  Churches Conservation Trust since 1986 and has been designated as a Grade 1 listed building by English Heritage. See St Mary's Church, Capel-le-Ferne WikipediaBritish Listed building and Churches Conservation Trust

The church is 12th century in origin with 14th century additons and lies distant from the settlement of Capel-le-Ferne.See Kent Churches website

Capel- le Ferne was originally a chapelry of Alkham, Kent Ancient Parish.

The modern parish is served by St Radigund's church Capel-le-Ferne.


Civil Registration

See Dover 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

Capel-le-Ferne, Kent Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FMP = findmypast - (£)[2][3][4][5]
Capel-le-Ferne, Kent Genealogy Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FMP 1708-1912 1708-1912 1602-1928; 1758-1818 (Banns) 1602-1928; 1758-1818 (Banns) 1708-1959 1708-1959

Census records

Census returns for Capel-le-Ferne 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.
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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

Dover 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

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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 501-511. Date accessed: 8 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 banns coverage', Find My Past, accessed 11 November 2013.
  5. 'Canterbury burial records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 14 November 2013.