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Kent County Council (Gravesend)

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Unpublished indexes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

Gravesend Library
Windmill Street
DA12 1BE
Tel: 01474 352758/365600
Fax: 01474 320284
Email: -
Contact: -

Opening hours:

Monday: 0930-1800
Tuesday: 0930-1700
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 0930-1700
Friday: 0930-1800
Saturday: 0900-1300

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? Yes (limited)

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office? Rochester

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations No

5. Census returns

1841-1891 inclusive. Parishes in Gravesham

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Kent directories on microfilm 1845-1938

6(b) City and Town Directories

Local directories: Gravesend street directories on microfilm 1839-1956
Later 19th century directories include Northfleet and surrounding villages.

6(c) Telephone Directories

Residential directories 1949 to date (not complete)
Yellow Pages 1988 to date

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

1893 to date (some gaps before 1950)

7(b) Poll Books

1790, 1802, 1835, 1852, 1857, 1859, 1865

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)


9. Unpublished Indexes

1851 Census to Gravesend, Milton and Northfleet surname index

10. Parish Registers

Cobham 1655-1938 (microfilm of original)
Ifield 1751-1924 (microfilm of original)
Nurstead 1561-1827 (microfilm of original)
Parish transcripts: Ash 1553-1812 (microfiche); Chalk 1661-1812; Cobham 1655-1812; Gravesend 1547-1812 (microfiche); Hartley 1712-1812; Higham 1653-1812; Ifield 1751-1812; Longfield 1558-1812 (microfiche); Luddesdown 1681-1812; Meopham 1561-1812; Milton 1558-1812 (microfiche); Northfleet 1539-1812; Nurstead 1561-1812; Ridley 1626-1812; Shorne 1538-1812; Southfleet 1558-1812 (microfiche); Swanscombe 1559-1812 (microfiche);
Indexes of microfiche: St Marys Chalk 1768-1876; St George's, Gravesend 1813-37 and 1837-1876; Northfleet 1813-1837; St Peter & Paul, Milton 1813-1845; Holy Trinity, Milton 1845-1876; St James, Gravesend 1852-1878; St Peter & Paul, Shorne 1860-1875; St Mary Higham 1813-1877; St John Higham 1862-1877

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

There is an extensive file of local newspapers, many on microfilm. The more recent newspapers have been indexed, and the following are the major ones available:
Evening Post (Gravesend Edition) (Now Kent Today): 1974-1992; Gravesend & Milton Journal: 1834-1837; Gravesend & Northfleet Standard: 1892-1915; Gravesend Argus: 1880-1885; Gravesend Journal: 1864-1892; Gravesend Reporter: 1856 to date; Kent & Essex Globe: 1898-1907; Kent Today (formerly Evening Post): 1992 to date; News Advertiser: 1972-1974; Northfleet & Swanscombe Standard: 1895-1915
Local periodicals: these cover many subjects from all areas of the borough, such as The Meopham Review and various church publications. The Transactions of the Gravesend Historical Society is a major periodical containing many useful articles. There are back issues of most journals.

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

13. Other material

14. Guides to Collections

~attached printed Guide to the collection$

15. Local Record Offices

Centre for Kentish Studies/County Archives
County Hall
ME14 1XQ
Tel: 01622 671411
Fax: 01622 694379

Rochester-upon-Medway Studies Centre
Civic Centre
Tel: 01634 732714
Fax: 01634 297060

Other information