Canterbury St Peter, Kent Genealogy

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Canterbury St Peter the Apostle

Parish History

Canterbury St Peter the Apostle is an Ancient Parish which expanded and neighboured Canterbury Holy Cross Westgate, Kent and Canterbury St Mildred with St Mary de Castro, Kent

A history of the parish is available at Kent Family History Society

The church is referred to in Edward Hasted, 'Canterbury: The churches within the city and suburbs', The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 11 (1800), pp. 209-288. at British History Online and at one time from 6 March 1681 formed part of a united benfice. At  later period when other churches contracted the church expanded.


Civil Registration

See Canterbury 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

For an overview of the City Canterbury Kent Online Parish Clerks

Canterbury St Peter Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Records deposited at the Canterbury Cathedral Archives are described at Kent Family History Society

International Genealogical Index Christenings 1560-1800 Batch (P020591) Marriages 1560-1800 Batch (M020591)
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.
Family History Library film numbers
Canterbury St Peter
Archdeacon's transcripts, 1563-1812; Bishop's transcripts, 1603-1898 original records housed at the Canterbury Cathedral Archives, Canterbury, Kent.

Some early pages damaged.

"For 1883-1892, the entries are for the parish of St. Peter with Holy Cross; the 1894 entries are for St. Peter alone, and in 1898 there are separate returns for St. Peter and Holy Cross parishes."

Canterbury Cathedral Archives no.: DCa/BT/47; DCb/BT1/55; DCb/BT2/61

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

International Genealogical Index St Peter St Wesleyan Christenings 1798-1837 Batch (C068071)

For non-conformist Records held at the Canterbury Cathedral Archive see Kent Family History Society

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 306878.


Poor Law Unions

Canterbury 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.

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