Minster in Sheppey, Kent Genealogy

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Minster in Sheppey

Guide to Minster in Sheppey, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Minster in Sheppey, Kent
Minster St Mary(Minster Abbey) Kent.jpg
Minster St Mary(Minster Abbey) Kent
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Isle of Sheppey Liberty
County Kent, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Sheppey
Registration District Sheppey
Records begin
Parish registers: 1568
Bishop's Transcripts: 1566
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Sittingbourne
Diocese Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury
Location of Archive
Kent History and Library Centre

Parish History[edit | edit source]

MINSTER-in-Sheppey (St. Mary and St. Sexburgh), a parish, in the union of Sheppy, liberty of the Isle of Sheppy, lathe of Scray, county of Kent; containing the port of Sheerness. There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, Primitive Methodists and Wesleyans and a Roman Catholic chapel. [1]

Minster St Mary (the Minster Abbey church) is an Ancient parish in Minster in Sheppey.

The church dates from the 11th and 12th century with additions in subsequent centuries and restored by Ewan Christian in 1863.

The church is designated a grade I listed building by English Heritage.

Minster is a small town on the Isle of Sheppey in the Swale district of Kent and should not be confused with Minster (Thanet) in the same county see Minster in Thanet, Kent Genealogy.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Minster was a sub-district in Sheppey registration district.

Kent County Council Registration Services
Invicta House
County Hall
Kent ME14 1XX Telephone 08458 247 400 http://www.kent.gov.uk are developing online search for all birth marriages and deaths as a result of a community volunteer effort. Not all events are capable of search but the index is updated annually.

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]

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

FMP = FindMyPast - (£)[2][3][4]
FS PRs = England, Kent, Parish Registers (FamilySearch) - free[5]
Minster in Sheppey Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FMP 1569-1911
FS PRs 1754-1884; 1754-1781 (banns) 1770-1891

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)


International Genealogical Index

  • Little Bethel Independent Christenings 1834-1837 Batch (C068841)

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 321-325. Date accessed: 17 April 2013.
  2. 'Coverage of Kent parish baptism records', Find My Past, accessed 5 November 2013.
  3. 'Coverage of Kent parish marriage records', Find My Past, accessed 6 November 2013.
  4. 'Coverage of Kent parish burial records', Find My Past, accessed 6 November 2013.
  5. 'England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 13 November 2013.