Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Kent Archives

Kent: From Garden of England to Gateway to Europe its development is recorded in many ways, through documents, letters, diaries, official records, books, illustrations, photographs and maps.

The Kent County Archives Service collects, cares for and shares this documentary past from The Centre for Kentish Studies at County Hall, Maidstone, Canterbury Cathedral Archives, the East Kent Archives Centre and a number of town centre libraries.

Which Centre Should I Visit?


As a guide family history sources for mid and south Kent can be found at the Centre for Kentish Studies and for East Kent at Canterbury Cathedral Archives. Records for north west Kent are at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre. Family history records for those London boroughs that were formerly part of Kent can be found at Bexley and Bromley or London Metropolitan Archives.

The Centre for Kentish Studies

The headquarters of the Kent County Archives Service, combining archival, printed and educational resources. The Centre houses the records of the County Council, as well as census and parish records, wills, borough records, school records, probate records, documents deposited by companies and individuals for the mid and south Kent areas.

There is an extensive collection of books on the history and topography of Kent as well as over 15,000 photographs, postcards, prints and slides, Kentish periodicals, brochures of property sales, and local Acts of Parliament.

Our specialist Education Resources service supports Kent Schools, teachers and students of all ages.

For more information go to the link on the rhs

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