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Kent County Council (Folkestone)

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Unpublished indexes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

Heritage Room
Folkestone Library
2 Grace Hill
CT20 1HD
Tel: 01303 850123
Fax: 01303 242907
Tel/Fax: 01303 256710
Minicom: 01303 240258
Email: folkestonelibrary@kent.gov.uk

Opening hours:

Monday: 09.00-18.00
Tuesday: 09.00-18.00
Wednesday: 09.00-17.00
Thursday: 09.00-20.00
Friday: 09.00-18.00
Saturday: 09.30-17.00
Sunday: 10.00-16.00

Other Libraries:

Hythe Library,
Stade Street,
CT21 6BQ
Phone 01303 267111
Fax. 01303 230232

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes. Provided locally.

Fee-based? Yes, although the first 30 minutes research time is free.

Provided by local Record Office? Also by Canterbury Cathedral Archives; Centre for Kentish Studies: East Kent Archives Centre.

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations Not held.

5. Census returns

1841: Shepway District (i.e. Folkestone, Hythe, Romney Marsh, Elham Valley & Capel)
1851: Shepway District (+ name indexes for 1851)
1861: Shepway District
1871: Shepway District
1881: Shepway District (+ 1881 Census Index for Kent FFHS)
1891: Shepway District
1881: CDRom National Index.

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

County: microfiche 1792-1938
Hard copy: 1859, 1862, 1882, 1891, 1895, 1899, 1903, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911-30, 1934, 1938

6(b) City and Town Directories

1875-1974 Folkestone, Hythe, Cheriton and Sandgate
Also some on microfiche

6(c) Telephone Directories

Canterbury (East Kent): 1956 to date.
Yellow Pages

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

1920 to date: Folkestone & Hythe Electoral District

7(b) Poll Books

Microfiche: 1734, 1754, 1790, 1802, 1818, 1830, 1832, 1837, 1863, 1865, 1857, 1868
Most also in hard copy

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992 Kent. Microfiche

9. Unpublished Indexes

Indexes to local census (name and street) for: Folkestone 1841-1871 inclusive; Capel 1841-1891 (inclusive)
Streets, places, public houses, name index to much of Archives Collection

10. Parish Registers

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Family Tree Magazine
Archaeologica Cantiana
Kent Life
Bygone Kent

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Not published (many local typescripts)

13. Other material

Large collections of newspapers, cuttings, photographs, maps all relavant to Folkestone area. Also artefacts in Museum

14. Guides to Collections

15. Local Record Offices

Centre for Kentish Studies
County Hall
ME14 1XQ
Tel: 0622 694363
Fax: 0622 694379

Canterbury Cathedral Archives
The Precincts
Tel: 01227 463510
Fax: 01227 762897

South East Kent Archives Centre
Enterprise Zone
Honeywood Road
CT16 3EH
Tel: 01304 829306
Fax: 01304 820783

Other information

Evening classes and day schools run on family history

Museum adjoining Heritage Room refurbished 1999 (this includes building work). Full disabled access and hearing loop on upper floor. The museum includes much local material, e.g. trades, entertainment, architecture of Folkestone.