England, Kent, Manorial Documents (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Kent,  England
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Record Description
Record Type Manorial Documents
Collection years 1241-1976
FamilySearch Resources
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Kent History and Library Centre


Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The England, Kent, Manorial Documents collection is available to the Family History Library, FamilySearch Centers, and to members of the supporting organization. The images can be viewed at a FamilySearch Center near you.

For those in the United Kingdom, images may also be viewed by visiting the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone, England.

What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of manorial documents for the County of Kent. Availability of the records varies by year and locality.

Records of these courts give information about the day-to-day life on a manor (an estate held by a lord), including petty crimes, land transfers, manorial appointments, customs, rental fees, and so on. The court regulated the responsibilities and relationships of the manorial lord, his steward and bailiff (law officer), and the village people. Manorial court records began in 1066 and ended in the early 1900s.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for England, Kent, Manorial Documents, 1241-1976.

Collection Content

Manorial documents usually contain the following information:

  • Name of owner
  • Occupation
  • Year of purchase
  • Age

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of manor owner
  • Name of parish
  • Name of county

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "County"
⇒Select the appropriate "Manor"
⇒Select the appropriate "Event Type and Year Range (Catalog Reference)" which will take you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

The information from the documents that you have found will help you with the following:

  • Calculate the birth year of your ancestor using the age that is found on the document.
  • When you have located the document, you can use the place of purchase to help you determine the birth place of your ancestor.

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"England, Kent, Manorial Documents, 1241-1976" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Kent Archives Office, Maidstone.


Image Citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for England, Kent, Manorial Documents, 1241-1976.