Folkestone Christ Church, Kent Genealogy

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Guide to Folkestone Christ Church, Kent family history and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Folkestone Christ Church, Kent
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Folkestone
County Kent
Poor Law Union Elham
Registration District Elham
Records begin
Parish registers: 1851
Bishop's Transcripts: 1851
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Dover
Diocese Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury
Location of Archive
Kent Record Office

Parish History

Folkestone is the principal town in the Shepway district of Kent and a cross Channel port. Folkestone Wikipedia

Christ Church was formed from Folkestone St Mary and St Eanswythe, Kent Ancient Parish as a church for mariners and fishermen.

The church was consecrated on 27th July 1850 and destroyed by a German bomb on 17th May 1942.

The ruins of Christchurch have been designated as a grade II listed monument British listed building only the tower remains. See Kent Churches website

As part of the development of the town churches it was followed by Folkestone Holy Trinity and St Peter.

Folkestone Holy Trinity with Christ Church is the United benefice in the Diocese of Canterbury Church website

The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel dates from 1866; Independent Baptist and Society of Friends Chapels were also built.


Civil Registration

See Elham Registration District Folkestone 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

Folkestone Christ Church, Kent Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FMP = FindMyPast - (£)[1][2][3]
Folkestone Christ Church, Kent Genealogy Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FMP 1813-1887; 1851-1886 (Banns) 1813-1887; 1851-1886 (Banns) 1851-1913 1851-1913

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Census records

FamilySearch has census index collections and a search within the town and surrounding enumerations districts may be easier than referrring to the Family History Library collection of microfilms.

Census Returns for Folkestone 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

Elham 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

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



  1. 'Canterbury marriage records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 14 November 2013.
  2. 'Canterbury banns coverage', Find My Past, accessed 11 November 2013.
  3. 'Canterbury burial records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 14 November 2013.