Southfleet, Kent Genealogy

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

Southfleet, Kent
Southfleet St Nicholas Kent.jpg
Southfleet St Nicholas Kent
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Axton, Dartford and Wilmington
County Kent
Poor Law Union Dartford
Registration District Dartford
Records begin
Parish registers: 1558
Bishop's Transcripts: 1718
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Rochester
Diocese Rochester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester
Location of Archive
Kent Record Office

Parish History

Southfleet is a village and civil parish within the Borough of Dartford in Kent Southfleet Wikipedia.

Southfleet St Nicholas is an Ancient Parish in the diocese of Rochester.

The Church of St Nicholas Church Street Southfleet has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building

Southfleet (St. Nicholas)

SOUTHFLEET (St. Nicholas), a parish, in the union of Dartford, hundred of Axton, Dartford,and Wilmington, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, W. division of Kent, 3½ miles (S. W.) from Gravesend; containing, with the hamlets of Betsome, Hook-Green, andWestwood, 667 inhabitants. This was a place of importance during the heptarchy, when it was called Sudfleta;and from its proximity to the old Watling-street, itsdistance from the station Durobrivis (Rochester), andthe numerous Roman relics found on the spot, it is supposed to have been known long before the heptarchy,and to occupy the site of the Vagniacæ of Antoninus.The parish comprises 2541a. 2r. 30p., of which 229acres are in wood. The living is a rectory, valued in theking's books at £31. 15., and in the gift of the Bishopof Rochester: the tithes have been commuted for £872,and the glebe contains 6 acres. The church is principally in the decorated English style, and exhibits manymarks of antiquity, including six stone stalls underpointed arches, a piscina, a window of stained glass, anda font much admired for its curious workmanship. Aschool is endowed with a rent-charge of £20.

A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 149-152. URL: Date accessed: 18 November 2013.

See Edward Hasted [The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 2 (1797), pp. 421-440. Date accessed: 21 October 2013. at British History Online and Kent Churches website

See Southfleet North West Kent Family History Society which includes other places of worship and Southfleet St Nicholas


Civil Registration

See Dartford registration District

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

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

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[1]
FREG = FreeREG - free[2]
FS BTs = England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch) - free[3]
MED = Medway Ancestors - free[4]
Southfleet, Kent Genealogy Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1718-1853

FREG 1558-1920
FS BTs 1718-1853 1718-1853 1718-1853
MED 1558-1932 1558-1932 1558-1932

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

From Spring 2012 material formerly held at
Centre for Kentish Studies,County Hall,Maidstone,Kent ME14 1XX
is available at Kent History and Library Centre see Kent Archives which also enables a search of the catalogue for Kent Archives material deposited at Canterbury Cathedral Archives

Family History Library film numbers

Census records

Census returns for Southfleet 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
Introduction to Family History Centers to locate outside UK.
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

Dartford 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

Orpington Family History Centre, Kent

Maidstone Family History Centre, Kent

Maps and Gazetteers

SOUTHFLEET (St. Nicholas), a parish, in the union of Dartford, hundred of Axton, Dartford, and Wilmington, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, W. division of Kent, 3½ miles (S. W.) from Gravesend. [5]

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



  1. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 7 November 2013.
  2. 'Kent Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 6 November 2013.
  3. 'England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 11 November 2013.
  4. 'Medway Ancestors Imagebase: list of parishes, in alphabetical order', Cityark, accessed 8 November 2013.
  5. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 149-152. Date accessed: 20 May 2013.