This database is a collection of historical parish registers from the county of Kent in the country of England. Parish records--primarily baptisms, marriages, and burials--provide the best source of vital record information in the centuries before civil registration. All of the data was converted as it was originally presented in various published registers and books.
Some of the records may be in Latin or even a Welsh or Scottish dialect depending on location. The spelling is archaic, and is transcribed as it was written. There are many spelling inconsistencies and non-standard grammar and phonetic spelling is often used. Try using variant spellings if a search yields no results.
The individual files in this database may not include all dates and records for each parish/church. Use caution in assuming that any database is a complete set of records--even for the parishes and time period listed. Due to the legibility of the original sources, there may be gaps in the records, including partial sentences, cut-off words, and other omissions.
Due to the nature of the records and because the records were originally compiled by a third party, it is difficult to absolutely verify the completeness and validity of the data. The information in this collection is as correct as it was when Ancestry.com received it, and has merely been reproduced in an electronic format.
What historical background should I know to use this data?
A large number of parish records date from the sixteenth century, when a series of mandates required clergy to compile records of baptisms, marriages, and burials within the parish, and to send an annual copy to the Bishop. Essentially, there are two sets of records: the parish copy and the copy the clergyman sent to the Bishop each year, known as Bishops Transcripts. Many records were destroyed, lost, or simply not kept during the Civil War (1642-1660). Of the surviving records, many have since been transcribed and collected by genealogical societies. The records are a valuable resource for finding vital information of people of the time. The content of the records may vary between the two sets.
Kent: Canterbury - Marriage Licence allegations, Dean of Westminster, 1558-1699 and Vicar-General of the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1660 to 1679
Kent: Boughton under Blean - Parish Registers, 1558-1626
Kent: Lullingstone - Parish Register
Kent: Horton Kirbie - Parish Registers
Kent: - Register of Marriages, 1538-1837 a
Kent: - Register of Marriages, 1538-1837 b
Kent, Surrey, London: - Canterbury Marriage Licences, 1751-1780
Kent, Surrey, London: - Canterbury Marriage Licences, 1781-1809
Kent, Surrey, London: - Canterbury Marriage Licences, 1810-1837