Broadstairs, Kent Genealogy

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BROADSTAIRS, a small sea-port and  hamlet, in the parish of St. Peter, union of Thanet, hundred of Ringslow, or Isle of Thanet, lathe of St. Augustine, E. division of Kent, 2 miles (N. E. by N.) from Ramsgate, 4 (S. E. by S.) from Margate, and 75 (E.) from London;. There are places of worship for Anabaptists and Wesleyans.[1]

Broadstairs is a coastal town on the Isle of Thanet in Thanet district of Kent which is part of the civil parish of Broadstairs and St Peter's. For a history of the town see Broadstairs Wikipedia
Broadstairs was formed as an Ecclesiastical parish in 1850 from St Peter in Thanet, Kent Ancient Parish.

(Refer to the Ancient Parish for details of the Broadstairs St Peter Ancient church)

Broadstairs Holy Trinity church has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building See Kent Churches website

Other places of worship include:

Old St Mary's Chapel, Albion Street, dates from the ancient shrine of Our Lady of Bradstow and was restored in1601 when it was adapted for Protestant worship. It has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building  see Shrine of Our Lady Bradstowe Wikipedia

Broadstairs Methodist Church

Broadstairs Baptist Church

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Stone Road, Broadstairs, which dates from 1830 has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building

The Roman Catholic Church of our Lady Star of the Sea, Broadstairs Road, has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building


Civil Registration

Thanet Registration District

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
(Certificate Centre)
Grove Hill Road
Tunbridge Wells
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.

Church records

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

From Spring 2012 material formerly held at
Centre for Kentish Studies,County Hall,Maidstone,Kent ME14 1XX
is available at Kent History and Library Centre see Kent Archives which also enables a search of the catalogue for Kent Archives material deposited at Canterbury Cathedral Archives

Family History Library film numbers

Parish registers for Broadstairs, 1850-1933

See also England, Kent, Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records.

Census records

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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.

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

Thanet 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.

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

Local Family History Centre

Canterbury Family History Centre, Kent

Maidstone Family History Centre, Kent

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 389-392. Date accessed: 8 July 2013.