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[[England]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Kent]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Kent Parishes]]  
  
[[Image:Higham_St_John_Kent.jpg|thumb|right|Higham St John]]
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Guide to '''Higham, Kent family history and genealogy:''' parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.  
  
== Parish History  ==
 
  
Higham is a village and civil parish in the Gravesham district of Kent. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higham,_Kent+ Higham Kent Wikipedia]<br>
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{{Infobox England Jurisdictions
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| image = Higham St John Kent.jpg
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| caption = Higham St John Kent
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| Type = [[Ancient Parish]]
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| County = Kent
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| Hundred = Shamwell
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| Poor Law Union = North Aylesford
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| Registration District = North Aylesford
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| PRbegin = 1653
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| BTbegin = 1718
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| Province = Canterbury
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| Diocese = Rochester
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| Archdeaconry =
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| Rural Deanery = Rochester
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| Probate Court = Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester
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| Prerogative Court =
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| Archive = [[Kent Record Office]]
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The original church of St Mary is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Mary%27s_Church,_Higham+ St Mary Higham Wikipedia] and has been designated as a grade I listed building [http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-356766-church-of-st-mary-higham+ British listed building] and [http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/Ourchurches/Completelistofchurches/St-Marys-Church-Higham-Kent/+ Churches Conservation Trust]<br>
 
  
The parish church of St John Upshire or Mid Higham, School Lane, Higham has been designated as a grade II listed building [http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-356774-church-of-st-john-higham-upshire-higham+ British listed building]&nbsp; <br>
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=== Parish History  ===
  
See [http://www.nwkfhs.org.uk/high_plc.htm+ Higham North West Kent Family History Society] which includes other places of worship in Higham<br>
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HIGHAM (St. Mary), a '''parish''', in the incorporation and hundred of Samford, E. division of Suffolk, 8 miles (N. N. E.) from Colchester; containing. Higham is a village and civil parish in the Gravesham district of Kent. <ref>Samuel A. Lewis, [http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51030#s10 ''A Topographical Dictionary of England''] (1848), pp. 505-509. Date accessed: 15 August 2013. </ref> [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higham,_Kent+ Higham Kent Wikipedia]<br>  
  
[http://www.nwkfhs.org.uk/high_c01.htm+ Higham St Mary]<br>
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The original church of St Mary is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Mary%27s_Church,_Higham+ St Mary Higham Wikipedia] and has been designated as a grade I listed building [http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-356766-church-of-st-mary-higham+ British listed building] and [http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/Ourchurches/Completelistofchurches/St-Marys-Church-Higham-Kent/+ Churches Conservation Trust]<br>  
  
[http://www.nwkfhs.org.uk/high_c02.htm+ Higham St John Upshire]<br>
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See Edward Hasted&nbsp;The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 481-498 [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=62875+ at British History Online] and [http://www.kentchurches.info/church.asp?p=Higham+1+ Kent Churches website]<br>  
  
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The parish church of St John Upshire or Mid Higham, School Lane, Higham has been designated as a grade II listed building [http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-356774-church-of-st-john-higham-upshire-higham+ British listed building]&nbsp; <br>  
  
== Resources  ==
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See [http://www.nwkfhs.org.uk/high_plc.htm+ Higham North West Kent Family History Society] which includes other places of worship in Higham<br>
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[http://www.nwkfhs.org.uk/high_c01.htm+ Higham St Mary]<br>
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[http://www.nwkfhs.org.uk/high_c02.htm+ Higham St John Upshire] see [http://www.kentchurches.info/church.asp?p=Higham+2+ Kent Churches website]<br>
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Merston belonged to Higham. It has no surviving parish registers.<ref>[http://cityark.medway.gov.uk/query/results/?Mode=Search&amp;amp;PathList=/Z4a_Medway_Ancestors/ 'Medway Ancestors Imagebase: list of parishes, in alphabetical order'], ''Cityark,'' accessed 8 November 2013.</ref>
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=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== Civil Registration  ====
 
==== Civil Registration  ====
  
[http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/chatham.html+ Chatham Registration District]
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[http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/north%20aylesford.html+ North Aylesford Registration District]  
  
and registrations from July 1837 to the present day are held at
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[http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/strood.html+ Strood Registration District]
  
Medway district<br>The Register Office<br>Northgate<br>Rochester<br>ME1 1LS<br>Telephone 01634 338902<br>Fax 01634 338913<br>register.office@medway.gov.uk <br>
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[http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/strood%20and%20hoo.html+ Strood and Hoo Registration District]<br>  
  
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The [[England Civil Registration|civil registration]] article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is [http://freebmd.org.uk/ FreeBMD].
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[http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/chatham.html+ Chatham Registration District]
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and registrations from July 1837 to the present day are held at
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Medway district<br>The Register Office<br>Northgate<br>Rochester<br>ME1 1LS<br>Telephone 01634 338902<br>Fax 01634 338913<br>register.office@medway.gov.uk <br>
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Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The [[England Civil Registration|civil registration]] article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is [http://freebmd.org.uk/ FreeBMD].  
  
 
==== Church records  ====
 
==== Church records  ====
  
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'''Higham St Mary''' parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''BIVRI''' = [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1352 British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)]<ref>[http://genoot.com/downloads/BVRI2/ 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records'], ''Genoot,'' accessed 7 November 2013.</ref>
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''BOYD''' = [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-united-kingdom-records-in-birth-marriage-death-and-parish-records?_ga=1.15400819.439752968.1397327276 Boyd's Marriage Index (FindMyPast) - (£)]<ref>Percival Boyd, ''A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index'' (London: Society of Genealogists, 1987). Digital version at {{FSbook|1727134}}.</ref>
| align="center" bgcolor="#99cccc" colspan="6" | <center>'''Baptisms'''</center>
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| align="center" bgcolor="#cccccc" colspan="6" | <center>'''Marriages'''</center>
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| align="center" bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspan="6" | <center>'''Burials'''</center>
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| align="center" bgcolor="#cc99ff" colspan="2" | '''Earliest'''  
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FREG''' = [http://www.freereg.org.uk/ FreeREG - free]<ref>[http://www.freereg.org.uk/parishes/ken.htm 'Kent Coverage'], ''FreeREG,'' accessed 6 November 2013.</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FS BTs''' = [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949386 England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch) - free]<ref>[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949386 'England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911,'] ''FamilySearch,'' accessed 11 November 2013.</ref>
 
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| align="center" bgcolor="#cc99ff" rowspan="2" colspan="2" | '''Images'''  
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FS PRs''' = {{RecordSearch|1952887|England, Kent, Parish Registers (FamilySearch) - free}}<ref>{{RecordSearch|1952887|'England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911,'}} ''FamilySearch,'' accessed 13 November 2013.</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''IGI''' = [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free]<ref>Hugh Wallis, [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hughwallis/IGIBatchNumbers/CountyKent.htm#PageTitle 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,'] ''IGI Batch Numbers,'' accessed 18 November 2013.</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''MED''' = [http://cityark.medway.gov.uk/query/results/?Mode=Search&PathList=/Z4a_Medway_Ancestors/ Medway Ancestors - free]<ref>[http://cityark.medway.gov.uk/query/results/?Mode=Search&amp;amp;PathList=/Z4a_Medway_Ancestors/ 'Medway Ancestors Imagebase: list of parishes, in alphabetical order'], ''Cityark,'' accessed 8 November 2013.</ref>
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! bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" scope="col" colspan="7" | '''Higham St Mary Parish Online Records'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" colspan="2" | <center>'''''Baptisms'''''</center>
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" colspan="2" | <center>'''''Marriages'''''</center>
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''BIVRI'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1351 '''1718-1877''']
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1352 '''1718-1851''']
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''BOYD'''
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-united-kingdom-records-in-birth-marriage-death-and-parish-records?_ga=1.15400819.439752968.1397327276 '''1696-1774''']
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FREG'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | [http://www.freereg.org.uk/ '''1744-1846''']
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| bgcolor="#ccffff" | [http://www.freereg.org.uk/ '''1813-1864''']
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FS BTs'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | {{RecordSearch|1949386|'''1719-1745, 1779-1877'''}}
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | {{RecordSearch|1949386|'''1719-1745, 1779-1877'''}}
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FS PRs'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | {{RecordSearch|1952887|'''1653-1743'''}}
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | {{RecordSearch|1952887|'''1653-1743'''}}
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''IGI'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | [http://www.familysearch.org '''1653-1875''']
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [http://www.familysearch.org '''1654-1877''']
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | [http://cityark.medway.gov.uk/query/results/?Mode=Search&PathList=/Z4a_Medway_Ancestors/ '''1653-1973''']
| align="center" bgcolor="#cccccc" colspan="2" | 1696-1774
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" |  
| align="center" bgcolor="#cccccc" colspan="4" | [http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/sog/misc-series FindMyPast]<ref name="boyd">[http://web.archive.org/web/20110108163855/http://www.origins.net/help/aboutbo-bmi-parish-KEN.aspx "Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,"] ''Origins.net,'' (WayBack Machine) accessed 13 March 2012.</ref> 
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [http://cityark.medway.gov.uk/query/results/?Mode=Search&PathList=/Z4a_Medway_Ancestors/ '''1653-1973''']
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| bgcolor="#ccffff" | [http://cityark.medway.gov.uk/query/results/?Mode=Search&PathList=/Z4a_Medway_Ancestors/ '''1653-1973''']
 
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Higham with Merston St. Mary's Church, Church Street, Lower Higham and St. John's Church, Hermitage Lane, Upper Higham (established 1862) Baptism Marriage andBurials 1653-1973 reference P185 [Note the name Merston is symbolic and pertains to the abandoned medieval village of that name for which no parish records survive] digital images may be searched online at Medway Archives City Ark project http://cityark.medway.gov.uk<br>
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'''Higham St John''' parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:  
  
Family History Library film numbers<br>{{FHL|England%2C+Kent%2C+Higham+%28near+Rochester%29|subject|disp=Higham}} <br><br>  
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FREG'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | [http://www.freereg.org.uk/ '''1862-1894''']
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [http://www.freereg.org.uk/ '''1900-1916''']
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | [http://www.familysearch.org '''1862-1875''']
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==== Census records  ====
 
==== Census records  ====
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F508002+ census returns for Higham 1841-1891]  
 
[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F508002+ census returns for Higham 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 [http://fhc.familysearch.org/ '''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.<br>[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Category:England_Family_History_Centres] to locate local Family History Centres in UK<br>[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Introduction_to_LDS_Family_History_Centers] to locate outside UK.<br>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.
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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.<br>[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Category:England_Family_History_Centres] to locate local Family History Centres in UK<br>[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Introduction_to_LDS_Family_History_Centers] to locate outside UK.<br>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)
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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.
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The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.  
  
[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/group/ukicen/UK_Census_Collection.aspx+ Ancestry UK Census Collection]
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[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/group/ukicen/UK_Census_Collection.aspx+ Ancestry UK Census Collection]  
  
[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/search-menu/census-land-and-surveys+ Find my Past census search 1841-1901]
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[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/search-menu/census-land-and-surveys+ Find my Past census search 1841-1901]  
  
[http://www.1881pubs.com/+ for details of public houses in the 1881 census]
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Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives.
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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. <br>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.<br>[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/census/1911/person?ukwid=394505&amp;sourceid=1&amp;utm_source=Google+FMP+Main_CPC&amp;utm_medium=Key+Keywords&amp;utm_campaign=1911+census+ Find my Past 1911 census search]<br>
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==== Poor Law Unions  ====
  
==== Poor Law Unions ====
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[[North Aylesford Poor Law Union, Kent (renamed Strood)]]<br>  
 
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[[North Aylesford Poor Law Union, Kent (renamed Strood)]]<br>
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==== Probate records  ====
 
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Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to [[Kent Probate Records|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.  
 
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to [[Kent Probate Records|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  ==
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See [[England, Kent, Wills and Probate (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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==== Local Family History Centre  ====
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[[Gillingham Family History Centre, Kent]]
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[[Canterbury Family History Centre, Kent]]
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[[Maidstone Family History Centre, Kent]]
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:*'''[[FHC Portal]]''' This centre has access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access in the centre to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
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:*Publication of the restricted access images [[England, Kent, Wills and Probate (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] and [[England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] means that it is advisable to telephone the centre to reserve a computer if you wish to view these<br>
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=== Maps and Gazetteers  ===
  
 
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.<br>  
 
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.<br>  
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*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
 
*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
  
== Web sites ==
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=== References  ===
  
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Guide to Higham, Kent family history and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.


Higham, Kent
Higham St John Kent.jpg
Higham St John Kent
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Shamwell
County Kent
Poor Law Union North Aylesford PLU
Registration District North Aylesford
Records begin
Parish registers: 1653
Bishop's Transcripts: 1718
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Rochester
Diocese Rochester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
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Location of Archive
Kent Record Office


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Parish History

HIGHAM (St. Mary), a parish, in the incorporation and hundred of Samford, E. division of Suffolk, 8 miles (N. N. E.) from Colchester; containing. Higham is a village and civil parish in the Gravesham district of Kent. [1] Higham Kent Wikipedia

The original church of St Mary is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust St Mary Higham Wikipedia and has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building and Churches Conservation Trust

See Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 481-498 at British History Online and Kent Churches website

The parish church of St John Upshire or Mid Higham, School Lane, Higham has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building 

See Higham North West Kent Family History Society which includes other places of worship in Higham

Higham St Mary

Higham St John Upshire see Kent Churches website

Merston belonged to Higham. It has no surviving parish registers.[2]

Resources

Civil Registration

North Aylesford Registration District

Strood Registration District

Strood and Hoo Registration District

Chatham Registration District

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

Medway district
The Register Office
Northgate
Rochester
ME1 1LS
Telephone 01634 338902
Fax 01634 338913
register.office@medway.gov.uk

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

Higham St Mary parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[3]
BOYD = Boyd's Marriage Index (FindMyPast) - (£)[4]
FREG = FreeREG - free[5]
FS BTs = England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch) - free[6]
FS PRs = England, Kent, Parish Registers (FamilySearch) - free[7]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[8]
MED = Medway Ancestors - free[9]
Higham St Mary Parish Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1718-1877
1718-1851

BOYD
1696-1774

FREG 1744-1846

1813-1864
FS BTs 1719-1745, 1779-1877 1719-1745, 1779-1877 1719-1745, 1779-1877
FS PRs 1653-1743 1653-1743 1653-1743
IGI 1653-1875 1654-1877
MED 1653-1973 1653-1973 1653-1973

Higham St John parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

Higham St John Parish Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FREG 1862-1894
1900-1916

IGI 1862-1875 1825-1855

Census records

census returns for Higham 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



Poor Law Unions

North Aylesford Poor Law Union, Kent (renamed Strood)

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.

See England, Kent, Wills and Probate (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Local Family History Centre

Gillingham Family History Centre, Kent

Canterbury Family History Centre, Kent

Maidstone Family History Centre, Kent

Maps and Gazetteers

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

Websites

References

  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 505-509. Date accessed: 15 August 2013.
  2. 'Medway Ancestors Imagebase: list of parishes, in alphabetical order', Cityark, accessed 8 November 2013.
  3. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 7 November 2013.
  4. Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists, 1987). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.
  5. 'Kent Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 6 November 2013.
  6. 'England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 11 November 2013.
  7. 'England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 13 November 2013.
  8. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 18 November 2013.
  9. 'Medway Ancestors Imagebase: list of parishes, in alphabetical order', Cityark, accessed 8 November 2013.