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Kent County Council (Maidstone)


Contents
Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Directories
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Periodicals
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

Maidstone Reference Library
St Faith's Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1LH
Tel: 01622 701943
Fax: 01622 754980
Email:
Contact: Local Studies Department






Opening hours:

Monday 9.30 - 7.00
Tuesday 9.30 - 6.00
Wednesday 9.30 - 6.00
Thursday 9.30 - 6.00
Friday 9.30 - 6.00
Saturday 9.30 - 5.00
Sunday closed






Other Libraries:






3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes - First half hour research (including clerical time) is free, each subsequent half hour, or part thereof, �.00. Cheques from outside UK must be made payable in pounds sterling. Otherwise the equivalent of an extra � in own currency must be added to cover bank charges levied in both UK and country of origin. Please supply as much detail as possible and all dates where known or where can be estimated. Searches lasting longer than 2 hours can unfortunately not be undertaken.

Provided by local Record Office?


4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations Not available






5. Census returns

1821 Maidstone (part only)
1841 Pieces HO 107/456, 457, 459, 490 on microfilm
1851 Pieces HO 107/1616-1618 on microfilm
1861 Pieces RG9/497-506 on microfilm
1871 Pieces RG10/937-948 on microfilm
1881 Whole county on microfiche
1881 CDRom for UK (LDS)
1881 Pieces RG11/924-935 on microfilm
1891 Pieces RG12/668-669, RG12/684-693 on microfilm


6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Microfiche
1792 Universal British Directory (Kent section)
1828/29 & 1840 Pigot's London & Provincial Directory (Kent section)
1845 Post Office Directory of Kent (PO Directory)
1847 Bagshaw. History, Gazeteer & Directory of Kent, vol 1 & 2
1852 PO Directory
1855 PO Directory
1858 Melville's Directory & Gazeteer of Kent
1859 PO Directory
1862 Kelly's Directory of Kent
1865/66 Maidstone, Canterbury, Dover & T Wells Directory & Court Guide
1866 PO Directory
1867 Harrods Postal & Commercial Directory of Kent
1870 PO Directory
1874 PO Directory
1874 Green's Mid-Kent Court Guide & Gazeteer
1878 PO Directory
1882 Kelly's
1884/85 Pike's Weald of Kent & Romney Marsh Directory
1887, 91, 95, 99, 1903, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 18, 22, 24, 27, 30, 34, 38 Kelly's

Hard Copy
1847 Bagshaw's vol 1 & 2
1895, 1907, 09, 13 Kelly's
1914/15 Maidstone, T Wells, Dover & S Kent District Trades Directory
1915 Kelly's
1916/17 Maidstone, T Wells, Dover & S Kent District Trades Directory
1918, 22, 24, 27, 30, 34, 38 Kelly's





6(b) City and Town Directories

Hard Copy
1839 Topography and Directory of Maidstone
1850 Maidstone Directory
1871 Handy Directory & Guide for Maidstone and Villages
1882 & 1885 Steven's Directory of Maidstone & neighbourhood
1898, 1903, 10, 21, 27, 30/31, 33/34, 37/38 Kent Messenger Directory of Maidstone and the surrounding villages
1947, 49, 54, 58, 60, 62-74 Kelly's Directory of Maidstone

6(c) Telephone Directories

Residential
Maidstone & District PO local telephone directories 1971, 72, 74, 76-78, 80
Canterbury 1975, 79-80, 82, 84-85, 87, 89, 92-93, 95
Tunbridge Wells 1975, 79, 81, 86-87, 89, 91-92
Medway 1985, 90, 92-to date

Yellow Pages
Canterbury 1978-79, 83-84, 86, 89-94/95
Maidstone 1994/95-to date
Tunbridge Wells 1978-80, 82-83, 87-88, 1991/92, 1994/95






7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Microfilm
1835-1924, 1926-1934, 1948-1951

Hard copy
1832-43, (+ward lists 1835, 38-70), 1889-1915, 18, 20-39, 45, 47, 49 to date
Coverage - Maidstone town only until 1974, then surrounding villages are included





7(b) Poll Books

Hard copy
Maidstone Borough: 1723-1870 (some gaps)
Kent: 1734, 54, 90, 91, 1802, 32,52, 57, 65
East & West Kent: assorted dates from 1832 on






8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

IGI for Kent only, microfiche, 1992 ed. Please phone to book reader




9. Unpublished Indexes

none






10. Parish Registers

Mostly on microfilm, some on microfiche and hard copy. Please phone to book reader and to check coverage.
Italics indicate scanty coverage or banns only.

Allington, Ash, Aylesford, Barming, Bearsted, Bexley, Bicknor, Bidborough, Bobbing, Boughton Aluph, Boughton Malherbe, Boughton Monchelsea, Boxley, Brasted, Brenzett, Broomfield, Burham, Chart Sutton, Cranbrook, Detling, Ditton, Dymchurch, East Farleigh, East Malling, East Sutton, Edenbridge, Eynsford, Fairfield, Farningham, Halstead, Harrietsham, Hayes, Headcorn, Hever, Higham, Hinxhill, Hollingbourne, Hoo All Hallows, Hoo St Marie's, Hothfield, Hucking, Hunton, Ightham, Iwade, Kemsing, Kennardington, Kennington, Knockholt, Langley, Leeds, Leigh, Leybourne, Lidsing, Linton, Loose, Maidstone, Maidstone Holy Trinity, Maidstone St Peter's, Marden, Meopham, Mereworth, Milton next Gravesend, Milton next Gravesend Holy Trinity, Milton Regis, Nettlestead, Offham, Orleston, Otham, Pembury, Snodland, Speldhurst, Staplehurst, Sutton Valence, Teston, Thurnham, Ulcombe, Upchurch, Warden (Sheppey), Wateringbury, West Farleigh, West Malling, Westwell, Willesborough, Woodchurch, Wrotham, Yalding

Hard Copy
Canterbury - St Alphage 1558-1800, St Mary Magdalene 1559-1800, St Paul's 1562-1800, Canterbury Cathedral 1564-1878, St Peter's 1560-1800, St Dunstan's 1559-1800, St George's 1538-1800
Phillimore Kent Parish Registers, vol 1 & 2




11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Bygone Kent: most issues
Archaelogia Cantiana: all volumes
Kent Life: all issues
Gentleman's Magazine: 1731-1852




12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

n/a




13. Other material

Vital Records Index, British Isles on CDRom. Must be booked, please phone.

Internet access. Must be booked, please phone.

Local files of cuttings from newspapers, periodicals, pamphlets etc on Maidstone and villages, and Kent in general.

Maps
50": 1950s to date (mainly 1950s)
25": 1866, 1897, 1908, 1932/34, 1960s on
6": 1970s to date
Goad plans of Maidstone 1912, 29, 68, 72, 74, 78, 82-84, 88-89, 93, 98
Geological maps plus accompanying volumes
Definitive footpath maps

Monumental Inscriptions on microfiche & hard copy for some local churches.

Newspapers mostly on microfilm. No copies can be made from hard copy. Please phone to check availability and to book reader.
Maidstone Telegraph: 1859-1871
Kent Messenger (Maidstone): 1871 to date
Maidstone Journal: 1786-1853
Maidstone & Kentish Journal: 1853-1911
Maidstone Gazette: 1815-1851
South Eastern Gazette: 1852-1962
Kent & Sussex Times: 1875-1887
Kent Times: 1888-1912
Kent Today: 1991- Oct 1999

Books
We stock a range of books on all topics concerning Kent in general, and Maidstone and surrounding villages in particular. These include -
Hasted E, History and topographical survey of the county of Kent, 12 vols
Igglesden C, A saunter through Kent with pen and pencil, vols 1-32, 1900-39
Ireland W, A new and complete history of the county of Kent, 4 vols, 1828
Page W, Victoria history of the county of Kent, 3 vols, 1908

Wills indexes etc
Various PCC wills indexes 1383- 1693 (some gaps)
Camp A J, PCC will index 1750-1800 vol1,2,3 only (A-G)
Duncan L, Index of wills in Rochester Consistory Court 1440-1561 vol 9
PCC probates 1630-1649
PCC administrations 1655-60, vols 2 & 3
Calendar of Kentish wills 1384-1559

Marriage Licences
Canterbury licences (general) 1568-1646
Canterbury marriage licences 1568-1750, 1st-6th series
Marriage licences issued from the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury 1543-1869
Marriage licences of the Vicar General 1660-1679
Willis A J, Canterbury marriage licences 1751-1837

Visitations
Visitations of Kent 1574 & 1592, vol 1&2
Pedigrees from the Visitation of Kent

Jurors' lists 1838-1921 (with gaps)




14. Guides to Collections

Maidstone Library: a guide to the Local Studies Collection
Kent Parish Registers and Census Returns held in Maidstone Reference Library
Obtainable free from the Reference Library. Please enclose sae




15. Local Record Offices

Centre for Kentish Studies (CKS)
Sessions House, County Hall, MAIDSTONE, Kent ME14 1XQ
Tel 01622 694363 Fax 01622 694379

Canterbury Cathedral Archives
The Precincts, CANTERBURY, Kent CT1 2EH
Tel 01227 463510 Fax 01227 762897 (specify "Archives")

Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre
Civic Centre, STROOD, Kent ME2 4AU
Tel 01634 732714 Fax 01634 297060 E-mail: archives@rochester.gov.uk





Other information

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