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=== Parish History  ===
=== Parish History  ===

Revision as of 19:53, 5 December 2013

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Higham St John Kent

Parish History

HIGHAM (St. Mary), a parish, in the incorporation and hundred of Samford, E. division of Suffolk, 8 miles (N. N. E.) from Colchester; containing. Higham is a village and civil parish in the Gravesham district of Kent. [1] Higham Kent Wikipedia

The original church of St Mary is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust St Mary Higham Wikipedia and has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building and Churches Conservation Trust

See Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 481-498 at British History Online and Kent Churches website

The parish church of St John Upshire or Mid Higham, School Lane, Higham has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building 

See Higham North West Kent Family History Society which includes other places of worship in Higham

Higham St Mary

Higham St John Upshire see Kent Churches website

Merston belonged to Higham. It has no surviving parish registers.[2]


Civil Registration

North Aylesford Registration District

Strood Registration District

Strood and Hoo Registration District

Chatham Registration District

and registrations from July 1837 to the present day are held at

Medway district
The Register Office
Telephone 01634 338902
Fax 01634 338913

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

Higham St Mary parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[3]
BOYD = Boyd's Marriage Index (FindMyPast) - (£)[4]
FREG = FreeREG - free[5]
FS BTs = England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch) - free[6]
FS PRs = England, Kent, Parish Registers (FamilySearch) - free[7]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[8]
MED = Medway Ancestors - free[9]
Higham St Mary Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1718-1877


FREG 1744-1846

FS BTs 1719-1745, 1779-1877 1719-1745, 1779-1877 1719-1745, 1779-1877
FS PRs 1653-1743 1653-1743 1653-1743
IGI 1653-1875 1654-1877
MED 1653-1973 1653-1973 1653-1973

Higham St John parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

Higham St John Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FREG 1862-1894

IGI 1862-1875 1825-1855

Census records

census returns for Higham 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

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

North Aylesford Poor Law Union, Kent (renamed Strood)

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

Gillingham Family History Centre, Kent

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.

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 505-509. Date accessed: 15 August 2013.
  2. 'Medway Ancestors Imagebase: list of parishes, in alphabetical order', Cityark, accessed 8 November 2013.
  3. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 7 November 2013.
  4. Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists, 1987). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.
  5. 'Kent Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 6 November 2013.
  6. 'England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 11 November 2013.
  7. 'England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 13 November 2013.
  8. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 18 November 2013.
  9. 'Medway Ancestors Imagebase: list of parishes, in alphabetical order', Cityark, accessed 8 November 2013.