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Kent County Council (Canterbury)

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.kent.gov.uk/e&l/artslib/coutser.html
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): KEN

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Canterbury Library
High Street
Tel: 01227 463608
Fax: 01227 768338
Contact: Chris Hall

Opening hours:

Monday: 1400-1700
Tuesday: 1400-1700
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 0930-1300; 1400-1700
Friday: 0930-1300; 1400-1700
Saturday: 0900-1300; 1400-1700
(Opening hours for Local Studies Room)

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes (first 30 minutes free then charges apply)

Provided by local Record Office? Yes
Contact: Canterbury Cathedral Archives, The Precincts, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury Tel: 01227-865330
Centre for Kentish Studies, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ Tel: 01622-694363

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations None

5. Census returns

1841 to 1891 returns for Canterbury City
1851 to 1891 for Reculver, Seasalter, Sturry, Swalecliffe, Westbere and Whitstable ( 1841 returns missing at PRO)
1841 returns for much of East Kent
Wingham area 1841 to 1891
Chilham 1841-81

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Kent from 1784 to 1938

6(b) City and Town Directories

Canterbury directories from 1838, including street directories from 1882 to 1970

6(c) Telephone Directories

Photocopy of the Kent section of the National directory for 1899-1900
Original directories for the Canterbury area for 1944 to date

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Canterbury registers from 1832 to date. (Some years missing)
'Bridge-Blean' (area around the old city) 1947 to date
Herne Bay/Whitstable 1947-78

7(b) Poll Books

Canterbury Poll Books from 1734 to 1868
Kent Poll Books 1734, 1754, 1790
East Kent 1832, 1837, 1852, 1857, 1863, 1865, 1868

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Microfiche of 1988 edition for Kent, Essex and Sussex, and 1992 edition for Surrey

9. Unpublished Indexes

Name Index including a card index for Freemen of Canterbury from 1836

10. Parish Registers

several printed transcripts for Kent parishes
some microfiche copies published by the Kent Family History Society for parishes in the Canterbury area.
some microfilms of registers

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Archaeologia Cantiana
Kent Family History Society Journal
Bygone Kent
Journal of Kent History

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Kent Records series published by Kent Archaeological Society

13. Other material

Publications of the Huguenot Society

14. Guides to Collections

Canterbury Library Local Studies Collection Guide

15. Local Record Offices

Canterbury Cathedral Archives
The Precincts
Tel: 01227 865330
Fax: 01227 865222

Other information