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Guide to Grain, Kent family history and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

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Parish History

GRAIN, ISLE OF (St. James), a parish, in the union and hundred of Hoo, lathe of Aylesford, W. division of Kent, 1¾ mile (N. W. by W.) from Sheerness. There is a place of worship for Independents.[1]
The Isle of Grain is a civil parish in the Medway district of Kent, see Isle of Grain Wikipedia

St James Grain is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Rochester on the Isle of Grain at the easternmost point of the Hoo Peninsula Wikipedia. A map of the parish boundary is available at A church near you

The church is 12th century in origin with later restoration in subsequent centuries and has been designated a grade I listed building by English heritage.British Listed Building

The Isle of Grain constitiutes a civil parish but is mostly marshland which has a defense tower, Grain Tower accessible by a tidal causeway and industrial areas including an oil refinery and electricity generating station.

See Grain Kent Wikipedia Hoo Peninsula Wikipedia

See Kent Archeological Society and Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 4 (1798), pp. 250-258 at British History Online

Isle of Grain North West Kent Family History Society and [Grain St James]


Civil Registration

This parish was part of Hoo sub district Chatham Registration District

and registrations from July 1837 to the present day are held at

Medway district
The Register Office
Telephone 01634 338902
Fax 01634 338913

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.

Church records

Grain, Kent Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FREG = FreeREG - free[2]
FS BTs = England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch) - free[3]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[4]
MED = Medway Ancestors - free[5]
Grain, Kent Genealogy Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FREG 1813-1819

FS BTs 1812-1813 1812-1813 1812-1813
IGI 1813-1856 1813-1837
MED 1653-1981 1653-1981 1653-1981

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Census records

Census returns for Isle of Grain-St. James, 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.
[1] to locate local Family History Centres in UK
[2] to locate outside UK.
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.

Ancestry UK Census Collection

Find my Past census search 1841-1901

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

Poor Law Unions

Hoo Poor Law Union, Kent

Probate records

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 322-325. Date accessed: 12 Agutust 2013.
  2. 'Kent Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 6 November 2013.
  3. 'England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 11 November 2013.
  4. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 15 November 2013.
  5. 'Medway Ancestors Imagebase: list of parishes, in alphabetical order', Cityark, accessed 8 November 2013.


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