Broadstairs, Kent Genealogy

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Guide to Broadstairs, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Broadstairs, Kent
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Ringslow or Isle of Thanet
County Kent
Poor Law Union Thanet
Registration District Thanet
Records begin
Parish registers: 1582
Bishop's Transcripts: 1560
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Westbere
Diocese Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury
Location of Archive
Kent Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

BROADSTAIRS, a small sea-port and hamlet, in the parish of St. Peter, union of Thanet, hundred of Ringslow, or Isle of Thanet, lathe of St. Augustine, E division of Kent, 2 miles NE by N from Ramsgate, 4 S E by S from Margate, and 75 E from London;. There are places of worship for Anabaptists and Wesleyans.[1]

Broadstairs is a coastal town on the Isle of Thanet in Thanet district of Kent which is part of the civil parish of Broadstairs and St Peter's. For a history of the town see Broadstairs Wikipedia

Broadstairs was formed as an Ecclesiastical parish in 1850 from St Peter in Thanet, Kent Ancient Parish.

(Refer to the Ancient Parish for details of the Broadstairs St Peter Ancient church)

Broadstairs Holy Trinity church has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building See Kent Churches website

Other places of worship include:

  • Broadstairs Methodist Church
  • Broadstairs Baptist Church
  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Stone Road, Broadstairs, which dates from 1830 has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building
  • The Roman Catholic Church of our Lady Star of the Sea, Broadstairs Road, has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Thanet Registration District

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[edit | edit source]

Broadstairs parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FMP = findmypast - (£)[2][3]
Broadstairs Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FMP 1850-1912 1850-1912 1917-1928 1917-1928

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Microfilm FHL Collection

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Records includes collections of census indexes which can be searched online for free. In addition FamilySearch Centres offer free access to images of the England and Wales Census through FHC Portal Computers here have access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.

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.

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Local Family History Centre[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 389-392. Date accessed: 8 July 2013.
  2. 'Canterbury baptism records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 8 November 2013.
  3. 'Canterbury marriage records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 14 November 2013.