Tracing Your Kent Ancestors: A Guide for Family and Local Historians

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 240 pages
Author: D. Wright
Year: 2016
ISBN: 9781473833456
Other: b&w photos, addresses, bibliog, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

Genealogically and hsitorically, Kent is an important maritime county which has played a prime defensive role in English history. It is large and diverse and replete with great houses, castles and other family homes, many with their own archives. It is also a fascinting area of research for family and local historians, and David Wright's handbook is the perfect guide to it.

Concise, and yet authoritative this is the ultimate guide to Kent's family and local history sources. It describes the extraordinarily wide range of records stored in the county and includes relevant national records as well as local ones.

Map of Kent Parishes
Introduction: Some Entish History and Geography
1. Preliminaries
- Genealogical Introduction
- Getting Started
- Research Problems
- My Family History: Some Warnings
2. Principal Basic Sources
- Civil Registration
- Census Returns
- Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts
- Monumental Inscriptions
- Probate Records
3. Mainly Local Records
- Borough
- Cathedral and Church Courts
- Directories
- House Histories
- Newspapers
- Nonconformity
- Parish Chest
- Poor Law and Hospitals
- Quarter Sessions
- Schools and Education
- Maps (County maps, estate maps, tithe maps, town maps)
- Trades and Industry (Banks and bankruptcy, Bell-founding, Brewing, Brick-making, Cement-making, Cloth-making, Coal-mining, Copperas, Dockyards, Fishing, Gunpowder, Iron-making, Paper-making, Quarrying, Silk-weaving)
- Voters
4. Mainly National Records
- Crime and Punishment
- Domesday Book
- Heraldry
- Land and its Possession
- Manorial Period
- The Professions (Church, Coastguards, Customs, Government, Law, Medicine)
- The Services (The Army, The Navy)
- Tax Records (Association Oath Rolls, Hearth Tax, Land Tax, Lay Subsidies, Marriage Duty Act, Poll Taxes, Protestation Returns, Window Tax, Miscellaneous)
Directory of Archives, Libraries and Societies
General Bibliography
Gazetteer of Kent Ancient Parishes

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