St Peter in Thanet, Kent Genealogy

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St Peter in Thanet

Guide to St Peter in Thanet, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

St Peter in Thanet, Kent
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Ringslow or Isle of Thanet
County Kent
Poor Law Union Thanet
Registration District Thanet
Records begin
Parish registers: 1582
Bishop's Transcripts: 1560
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Westbere
Diocese Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury
Location of Archive
Kent Record Office

Parish History

St Peter in Thanet is the name in some records given to the area of Broadstairs which forms the Anglican Ancient parish formed in the 11th century from Minster, Kent The first documented use of the name St Peter in Thanet is in 1124 St Peter's Kent Wikipedia

The civil parish of Broadstairs and St Peter's includes the area of the Ecclesiastical parish of St Peter the Apostle Broadstairs.

The parish church of St Peter the Apostle, Church Street Broadstairs has been designated as a grade II* listed building British listed building

British Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath was born here and had a lifetime association with the parish Edward Heath Wikipedia

See also Church website and St Peter's village Tour

See Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 10 (1800), pp. 355-377. Date accessed: 14 November 2013. at British History Onlineand Kent Churches website

Here is an important jurisdictional perspective by Samuel A. Lewis -

PETER, ST., a parish, and a member of the cinqueport liberty of Dovor, locally in the hundred of Ringslow, or Isle of Thanet, union of Thanet, lathe of St. Augustine, E. division of Kent, 2½ miles (N.) from Ramsgate. There are places of worship for Baptists and Wesleyans. [1]


Civil Registration

Thanet 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

St Peter in Thanet, Kent Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FMP = FindMyPast - (£)[2][3][4][5]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[6]
St Peter in Thanet, Kent Genealogy Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FMP 1582-1902 1582-1902 1582-1928; 1754-1825 (Banns) 1582-1928; 1754-1825 (Banns) 1582-1909 1582-1909
IGI 1582-1777 1582-1777

Kent Parish Clerks Online (OPC)

Census records

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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

Thanet 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. 558-564. Date accessed: 20 May 2013.
  2. 'Canterbury baptism records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 11 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.
  6. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 15 November 2013.