England, Kent, Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911
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|Location of Kent, England|
|Record Type||Parish Registers|
|Kent History and Library Centre|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Known Issues with This Collection
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection contains an index and images of baptismal, marriage, and burial records from the county of Kent for the years 1538-1911. Availability of records varies by year and locality.
Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are central to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.
To learn more about parish registers, please see the England Parish Registers page.
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To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
Christening records include:
- Name of the child
- Date and place of christening
- Names of the parents
Marriage records include:
- Names of the bride and groom
- Date and place of marriage
- Marital status
- Often includes age, estimated birth year and parents' names
Burial records include:
- Name of the deceased
- Date and place of burial
- Estimated birth year
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the individual
- The approximate date of the event
Search the Index
View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select County
- Select Parish
- Select Event Type and Year Range (with Volume) to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Save or print a copy of the image or record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
- Use the information which you have found to estimate ages in other life events. For example, use a christening date to approximate a marriage date, or a burial record to calculate an estimated year of birth
- Once you have found a christening or a burial church record, you may want to search for birth and death in civil records (1837 and later)
- Use the information you have found to find the person and families in census records
- Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
- Be careful using the listed age on a marriage record to estimate a birth year. Rather than listing actual ages, clerks often wrote in 21 as the age of both the bride and groom to show that they each were of legal age
- Search the records of nearby locations
- Check for other names. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
- Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as scribes heard them. Try searching based on how the name may have been pronounced
- Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of results
- The individual might not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination
- When you search baptismal records, remember that it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
- Note that marriages often took place in the parish where the bride resided
- Consult the England Record Finder to find other records
Known Issues with This Collection
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Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
"England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Kent Archives Office, Maidstone.
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