Orpington Family History Centre, Kent

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'''E-mail:'''&nbsp; none<br>  
'''E-mail:'''&nbsp; none<br>  
'''Open Hours:'''&nbsp;Tuesday, Thursday 10am-1pm except 5th week; Wednesday 10am-1pm; Thursday 7pm-9pm; Sat 10am-1pm by prior appoinment only.
'''Open Hours:''' Tuesday 10 am to 1pm (every week, including the 5th week);
'''Holiday Schedule:''' From 4 May -6 July 2011 inclusive the centre will not open on Wednesday mornings but will be open Thursday 10am-1pm instead.
Wednesday 10 am to 1pm;
The centre will be closed during Easter Weekend and also closes during the month of August due to seasonal volunteer holiday period.  
Thursday 7 to 9 pm;
Saturdays by prior appointment only.<br>
'''Holiday Schedule:''' <br>
Closed for Christmas from 16th December 2011 to re-open 10th January 2012.<br>

Revision as of 14:00, 3 October 2011

FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Centre, a branch facility of the Family History Library.


Centre Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  1.  Station Approach Orpington BR6 0ST, United Kingdom
  2. To obtain directions 01689 837342 during opening hours. The building is on all local bus Routes and alongside the Railway Station which has main line and suburban routes to Central London termini and to other destinations in Kent
  3. There is ample parking around the building during  opening hours. Entrance to the centre is at the rear of the church building which has Blue Badge parking spaces and ramped wheelchair access to the centre entrance. For first time visitors further directions can be offered.
  4. The centre operates on an appointment system due to the limited equipment available.
  5. Any United Kingdom family history centre may be located at http://www.lds.org.uk/contact-us/ward-locator/search-by-map/

Phone: +44 1689 837342 or 01689 837342 (during centre hours)

E-mail:  none

Open Hours: Tuesday 10 am to 1pm (every week, including the 5th week);

Wednesday 10 am to 1pm;

Thursday 7 to 9 pm;

Saturdays by prior appointment only.

Holiday Schedule:

Closed for Christmas from 16th December 2011 to re-open 10th January 2012.

Calendar and Events

Forthcoming Events

Class Schedule

We would invite you to examine the class schedule at London Family History Centre for classes for all in the London area.The regional FamilySearch Centre offers a variety of classes to assist researchers.

Orpington does not offer  classes at present.

Staff Training Meetings

Centre Resources


Databases and Software

  • 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. 

Hardware and Equipment

Centre Services

We aim to offer a local resource for research and volunteer service opportunity in the Orpington and wider North Kent area for anyone who wishes to use FamilySearch  equipment to advance their research. The local Bromley Central Library Local Studies department offers an additional local Library resource for local and family history.

Resources in the Local Area

Orpington is within easy travel distance of the Regional Centre London Family History Centre, Hyde Park, London, England which supports the Greater London area FamilySearch centres. This Regional centre offers monthly classes for those with interest in research in Ireland, Wales as well as other classes of interest to family historians.

http://www.nwkfhs.org.uk/ The North West Kent Family History Society was formed in 1978 with the object of encouraging and aiding the study of family history and genealogy in South East London and North West Kent.


The Local Studies Library in Bromley Central Library offers resources going back hundreds of years, on topics related to the London Borough of Bromley and its environs. It has specialist collections on The Crystal Palace, Walter de la Mare and H.G. Wells and works closely with Bromley Museum Service based at The Priory, Orpington. It also houses the archives for the borough and has extensive family history resources. A range of local history publications for sale are available from the Local Studies Library.

Telephone: 020 8461 7170
Fax: 020 8466 7860
e-mail: localstudies.library@bromley.gov.uk

Address: High Street, Bromley BR1 1EX

  • Parish registers (Microfilm)
  • Census returns 1841-1881 (Microfilm)
  • Census returns 1891, 1901 (Microfiche)
  • Kent directories (Microfiche)
  • Newspapers (Microfilm)
  • General Register Office Indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths 1837-1997, England and Wales (Microfiche)

Volunteer at the Centre

For many years community volunteers have staffed our service to the family history community in Orpington. If you have an interest in family history and experience of research we would welcome your assistance and service.  Please contact the Centre for further details.