Westbere, Kent Genealogy

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Westbere All Saints contributor Nick Smith

Parish History

Westbere All Saints was an Ancient Parish in the Westbere deanery of the Diocese of Canterbury in the County of Kent.


Civil Registration

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

Family History Library film numbers

Parish registers for Westbere, 1577-1952  Microfilm of original records in possession of Canterbury Cathedral Archives, The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent.
The parish church is known as All Saints'.
Canterbury Cathedral Archives no.: U3/145/1/1-10, D4.

Baptisms, 1577-1814; marriages, 1577-1651, 1656-1778; burials, 1577-1652, 1662-1678. Baptisms, 1706-1814; burials, 1678-1813, 1678-1749. Baptisms, 1813-1933. Marriages (incomplete), 1754-1774. Marriages, 1774-1836; banns, 1774-1813, 1824-1932. Burials, 1813-1947.
1836032 Items 1 - 10
Marriages, 1837-1952.
2354778 Item 3

Archdeacon's transcripts, 1560-1812; Bishop's transcripts, 1602-1912 Microreproduction of original records housed at the Canterbury Cathedral Archives, Canterbury, Kent.
Some early pages damaged.
The church was named All Saints.
Canterbury Cathedral Archives nos.: DCa/BT/206; DCb/BT1/252; DCb/BT2/319

Archdeacon's transcripts: Baptisms, marriages and burials 1560-1812 (missing: 1561/2, 1562/3, 1564/5, 1565/6, 1569/70, 1580/1, 1594/5, 1598/9, 1603/4, 1604/5 1606/7, 1629/30, 1640/1-1660/1, 1681/2, 1734/5, 1740/1, 1765/6, 1789/90)
1752240 Item 5
Bishop's transcripts: Baptisms, marriages and burials 1602-1813 (missing: 1604/5-1610/1, 1613/4, 1621/2, 1627/8 1640/1-1661/2, 1681/2, 1699/1700)
1751477 Item 3
Bishop's transcripts contd.: Baptisms 1813-1854, 1856-1868, 1871-1892 1894-1911 Marriages 1813-1836 Burials 1813-1854, 1856-1868, 1871-1892 1894-1900, 1902-1912
1835832 Item 2

Known Issues

 England Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records) known issue England Easy collection Indexing Project Batch 100354-3 Incorrect parish names entered also affects Swingfield, Kent  Ripple, Kent,   Ramsgate Holy Trinity, Kent Error caused by incorrect place data entry field for four parishes in items on same film FHL BRITISH Film 1836032.

Census records

Contributor: Include an overview if there is any unique information, such as the census for X year was destroyed. Add a link to online sites for indexes and/or images. Also add a link to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection.See Kent Census

http://www.1881pubs.com/ for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Blean 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites

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