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Kent County Council (Sevenoaks)

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Unpublished indexes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

Sevenoaks Library
Buckhurst Lane
TN13 1LQ
Tel: 01732 453118
Fax: 01732 742682
Contact: Andrew Lister

Opening hours:

Monday: 0930-1700
Tuesday: 0930-1700
Wednesday: closed
Thursday 0930-1900
Friday 0930-1700
Saturday 0900-1300

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? No. Half an hour per enquiry It is necessary to make an appointment to use archival material, e.g. Title deeds, Sevenoaks Union Workhouse Records

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office? Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone. £12 per half hour

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations -

5. Census returns

Sevenoaks district 1841-1891. Microfilm
Bromley and ?Dartford Registration Districts 1851 only. Microfilm

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Kelly's Directory of Kent 1891-1938 (pt); in book format: 1891, 1918, 1924, 1927, 1930, 1934, 1938
Kelly's Directory of Surrey 1927
Kelly's Directory of Kent, Surrey and Sussex 1924, 1927, 1930, 1934
Microfiche holdings:
Post Office Directory of Kent 1845-1838 (Kelly's Directory of Kent)
Universal British Directory (Kent section) 1792
Pigot's London and Provincial Directory (Kent) 1828-9, 1832-4, 1840

6(b) City and Town Directories

Local (i.e. Sevenoaks)
(Salmon's) Sevenoaks Directories 1903-4 - 1968 (some gaps). (pt)
Regency Directory Sevenoaks 1966-7, 1968-9
Sevenoaks Almanack 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1908
Sevenoaks Telegraph Calendar 1901, 1909, 1911, 1914

6(c) Telephone Directories


7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

For Sevenoaks area 1912 onwards (pt) with some gaps in stock.
(Polling districts included vary due to boundary changes, e.g. at 1974 local government reorganisation)

7(b) Poll Books

West Kent Poll Books for the years 1835, 1837, 1847, 1865

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)


9. Unpublished Indexes

Parishes indexed for 1851 census: Brasted, Kemsing, Otford, Riverhead, Seal, Sevenoaks, Sundridge, Westerham
Index to Sevenoaks: St Nicholas Baptisms Register 1813-1855
Index (people and places) to Gordon Ward Notebooks

10. Parish Registers

Available in 3 formats: transcript form, microfilm, microfiche.
Covers most (but not all) parishes within a 12 mile radius of Sevenoaks.
Further details available at Sevenoaks Library.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Bygone Kent
Kent Life
Journal of Kent History
North West Kent Family History Society Journal
Archaeologia Cantiana

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

Monumental Inscriptions: Brasted, Crockenhill, Darenth, Dunton Green, Eynsford, Halstead, Kemsing, Mark Beech, Ide Hill, Westerham.
Gordon Ward Notebooks: 32 boxes comprising over 100 volumes in total on a range of subjects, e.g. antiquities, Knole, Chevening, ? subsidies, wills.
Newspapers: Sevenoaks Chronicle 1881-date (pt), Westerham Herald 1882-1935, Sevenoaks News 1935-1981

14. Guides to Collections

(Needs updating)

15. Local Record Offices

Centre for Kentish Studies
Tel: 01622 694363
Fax: 01622 694379

Other information

The Archives Collection is separate to the Local Studies Collection (appointment necessary). Local studies material only requires an appointment if reader wishes to use the microfilm reader/printer to view material held on microfilm (e.g. parish registers, census returns, newspapers).