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Canterbury Christ Church Cathedral was founded around 604 AD and rebuilt following fire in 1067 to form the present building Canterbury Cathedral Wikipedia
A history of the church is available at Kent Family History Society
The Cathedral church of Christ Church has been designated as a grade I listed building and many other buildings within the precincts have also been listed British listed building
The Canterbury Cathedral Archives contain the deposited records of the Archdeaconries of the Diocese of Canterbury and are located within the Cathedral precinct. The Archive is staffed by archivists from Kent County Council and some records for the diocese will in future be available at the developing Kent Archive Family History Centre and the existing Centre for Kentish Studies has copies of deposited records for Diocese of Canterbury parishes in East Kent.
The church is referred to in Edward Hasted, History of the cathedral', The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 11 (1800), pp. 306-383. British History Online and Hasted has further description of the Cathedral Precints.
Kent County Council (KCC) has a certificate centre at the Mansion House in Tunbridge Wells which holds all the completed registers for Kent since 1 July 1837 and can supply a certified copy of any Kent birth, death or marriage entry from any register within its custody or a Kent civil partnership registration from the government online database.
The Mansion House
Grove Hill Road
Kent TN1 1EP
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.
Family History Library (FHL)film numbers (especially see a "Comprehensive List of Parishes within Canterbury, Kent" for a list of all available church registers on microfilm at FamilySearch's FHL.
Parish registers for Christ Church, Canterbury, 1564-1961 original records in possession of Canterbury Cathedral Archives, Canterbury, Kent, England.
Canterbury Cathedral Archives no.: U3/146/1/1-11
Bishop's transcripts for Christ Church, Canterbury, 1813-1862 original records housed at the Canterbury Cathedral Archives, Canterbury, Kent.
Canterbury Cathedral Archives no.: DCb/BT2/46
For an overview of the City Canterbury Kent Online Parish Clerks
International Genealogical Index Christenings 1564-1861 Batch (P020651) Marriages 1583-1878 Batch (M020651)
FamilySearch microfilm holdings are not readily pin pointed due to the hierarchy of the currently available catalogue online , the search terms England, Kent, Canterbury produce 206 microfilm holdings. Deposited records are described at Kent Family History Society
Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records.
Family Search microfilm for Census Returns for the city are at Census returns for Canterbury, 1841-1891
FamilySearch Records includes collections of census indexes which can be searched online for free. In addition FamilySearch Centres offer free access to images of the England and Wales Census through FHC Portal Computers here have access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
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Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.
Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable)
The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.
Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives.
The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911 and in addition to households and institutions such as prisons and workhouses, canal boats merchant ships and naval vessels it attempted to include homeless persons. The schedule was completed by an individual and for the first time both this record and the enumerator's schedule were preserved.
Two forms of boycott of the census by women are possible due to frustration at government failure to grant women the universal right to vote in parliamentary and local elections. The schedule either records a protest by failure to complete the form in respect of the women in the household or women are absent due to organisation of groups of women staying away from home for the whole night. Research estimates that several thousand women are not found by census search.
Find my Past 1911 census search
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Kent Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
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