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

Census returns for Westbere 1851-1891

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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

for details of public houses in the 1881 census

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 hips 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

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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