Kentchurch, Herefordshire Genealogy

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Kentchurch, Herefordshire
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Kentchurch St Mary Herefordshire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Webtree
County Herefordshire
Poor Law Union Dore
Registration District Hereford
Records begin
Parish registers: 1686
Bishop's Transcripts: 1661
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Archenfield
Diocese Hereford
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Herefordshire Record Office

Parish History

KENT-CHURCH (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Dore, hundred of Webtree, county of Hereford,13 miles (S. W. by S.) from Hereford. The Abergavenny and Grosmont railway intersects the north-west angle of this parish. [1]

Kentchurch St Mary is an Ancient parish; the present church was rebuilt in the 19th century by the Scudamore family. The civil parish is Kentchurch

The church of St Mary has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building

See also Kentchurch Wikipedia and Kentchurch St Mary


Civil Registration

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

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

The Diocesan Record Office for Herefordshire has deposited Parish registers and Bishop's transcripts

Herefordshire Archive Service
Herefordshire Record Office
Harold Street

Office Tel No: +44 (0)1432 260750

Link to the Family History Library Catalogue showing the film numbers in their collection Kentchurch

Census records

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[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

Dore Poor Law Union, Herefordshire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Herefordshire 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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  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 652-659. Accessed and Adapted: 27 Feb 2013
Contributor: add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.