Dartford, Kent Genealogy

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Parish History

DARTFORD (Holy Trinity), a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Axton, Dartford, and Wilmington, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, W. division of Kent, 15 miles (S. E.) from London, and 22 (N. W.) from Maidstone, on the great road from London to Canterbury and Dovor.[1]

Dartford is a town and borough in the Dartford district of Kent Dartford Wikipedia

Dartford Holy Trinity is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Rochester Dartford deanery; a map of the parish boundary is available at A church near you

The church has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building

See Kent Archeological Society and Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 2 (1797), pp. 286-328 at British History Online and Kent Churches website

Other Anglican parishes formed from this parish include

St Alban St Albans Road see St Alban Dartford

Christ Church dating from 1909; the church has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building see Kent Churches website Christ Church Dartford

See Dartford North West Kent Family History Society

Other places of worship in Dartford include

St Anselm Roman Catholic Church

The Methodist Church Kent Road Dartford dates from 1844-1845 and has been designated asa grade II listed building British listed building

Wesleyan: Waterside Chapel. (1798).
Methodist Spital St see Methodist Church Spital Street.
Primitive Methodist East Hill see Dartford East Hill.

The Zion Strict Baptist Chapel Essex Road Dartford has been designated as a grade II listed building and dates from 1794 British listed building see Zion Chapel Priory Hill

Baptist: Brent Chapel, East Hill. (c.1880).
Baptist Highfield Road see Baptist Chapel Highfield Road


Civil Registration

See Dartford registration District

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

Dartford Holy Trinity Baptisms Marriages and burials 1561-1984 reference P 110 digital images may be searched online at Medway Archives City Ark project http://cityark.medway.gov.uk

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

International Genealogical Index Christenings 1561-1812 Batch (C036541) Marriages 1561-1650; 1660-1812 1840-1843 Batch (M036541, M036543)

Lovefield Street Independent Christenings 1797-1837 Batch (C068141)

Waterside Wesleyan Christenings 1811-1837 Batch (C068151)

Zion Independent Christenings 1820-1822; 1832-1833 Batch (C068131)

Family History Library film numbers

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

Dartford Census returns 1841-1891

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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

Dartford 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

Orpington 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. 8-15.