Kent Family History

Trace your Kent family history and ancestors from the 1500s onwards with this list of genealogy and local history links and resources.

Archives

Cityark
CityArk is the online catalogue of the Medway Council Archives Service which is based at the Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, Civic Centre, Strood, Kent, England. They preserve and make available for research the archives of the Medway area of Kent and also the parish records of north-west Kent. Their oldest records date from 604.
There are many parish registers and records available to view online for free.
Kent Archives

Births, Marriages & Deaths

England BMDs
FreeBMD
Kent Parish Records
Mid-Kent Marriage Index 1754-1911
The online Mid-Kent Marriages Index 1754-1911 is the work of local historians and genealogists David Hills and Gary Samson. David has painstakingly transcribed the marriage records of seven registration districts in the mid Kent area: East Ashford, West Ashford, Cranbrook, Elham, Hollingbourne, Romney Marsh and Tenterden. Also included are marriages celebrated at Maidstone (All Saints) for this period.

Burials & Cemeteries

Billion Graves
Kent Monumental Inscriptions
The Kent Archaeological Society website had free access to thousands of memorial inscriptions from hundreds of churchyards all over the county of Kent, England. The records were collected from the 1760s onwards.
Kent Cemetery Photos

Census Records

1939 Register
FreeCen
UK Census 1841-1911

Criminals and Convicts

Criminal Ancestor Records
Kent Quarter Sessions Index

Electoral Registers

Electoral Registers 1832-1932
Kent Register of Electors 1570-1907

Forums

Kent History Forum
Kent History Forum is the place to discuss all things history related in Kent. You’ll find many others discussing all manner of topics from aircraft to dockyards to POW camps. It’s also possible to make family history look-up requests from other users.
RootsChat Kent

Heraldry

Visitation of Kent 1663-1664

Historical Directories

Kent Historical Directories
Ramsgate 1895 Directory
Ramsgate Directory 1914/15

Local History

Bygone Kent 1892
Genuki Kent
Here’s History Kent
Here’s History Kent brings together an impressive collection of articles, maps and images relating to the history of Kent and its people. Lots of information about Kent’s parishes is included.
Kent Genealogy
This site is an excellent resource for genealogy in the County of Kent, England. It includes many indexes and transcripts containing over 90,000 names and over 350 links to other useful sites.
Kent Resources
Kent Resources provides lots of historical material proving help for family historians and genealogists in Kent.
The Weald
The history, genealogy and topography of the Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. This site catalogues the people, places, maps, drawings, engravings, books, writings and numerous lists and directories that are over 70 years old into an integrated database of information about one of the most attractive parts of England – The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. In addition, the site and its many contributors have derived extensive familial relationships and pedigrees which can be of great use for genealogical study and research. Where appropriate, the viewer should verify the information presented by consulting the original sources that are noted at every point on this site.
Woodchurch Local and Family History
Woodchurch Local and Family History has an amazing list of online resources including parish records, directories, census, baptisms, monumental inscriptions, burial, banns and much more.

Maps

Kent Maps and Tithe Award Schedules
Old Kent Maps

Military Records

British Military Records
East Kent War Memorials
Kent Fallen
Kent War Memorials Transcription Project
Kent Roll of Honour

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Collection 1710-1953
Kent Newspaper Archives
South Eastern Gazette 1852-1912

Obituaries

Legacy UK Obituaries

Occupations

Kent Police Roll of Honour
Sheriffs of Kent
Lost Pubs of Kent

Parish Records

FreeREG
Kent Online Parish Clerks
Kent Parish Records

Photos and Postcards

Old Ramsgate Postcards

Poor Law Records

Bromley Workhouse Records
Canterbury Workhouse Records
Dover Workhouse Records
Maidstone Workhouse Records

School Records

School Admission Registers 1870-1914

Societies and Groups

Ashford Family History Society
Canterbury FHS
Kent Family History Society
Medway Family History Society
North West Kent FHS
The North West Kent Family History Society was formed in 1978 with the object of aiding and encouraging the study of family history and genealogy in South East London and North West Kent. There are around 1,400 members, whose interests cover the whole of Great Britain and beyond. Amongst its many advantages membership offers a quarterly journal, meetings with talks at each of our three venues, house group meetings, an internet mailing list, a document ordering service; and occasional coach trips to Kew etc.

Surnames

Families of Kent

Wills and Probate

Canterbury Probate Records 1396-1858
Henry Plomer indexed all the probate documents up to 1558 before WW1. His work was published in 1920 by KAS and has been retained with corrections as it is still the best record of early probate documents at Canterbury. We have indexed from the original documents:- Consistory Court registered wills from 1550-1857 and original wills from 1559-1857, Archdeaconry Court registered and original wills from 1550-1858.
Kent Administrations 1559-1649
Kent Wills & Probate 1328-1890
Kent Will Transcripts pre 1858
View Kent wills with details from pre 1858.