Rochester St Nicholas with St Clement, Kent Genealogy

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Rochester St Nicholas with St Clement

Guide to Rochester St Nicholas with St Clement, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Rochester St Nicholas with St Clement, Kent
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Rochester City
County Kent
Poor Law Union Medway
Registration District Medway
Records begin
Parish registers: 1624
Bishop's Transcripts: 1718
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Rochester
Diocese Rochester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester
Location of Archive
Kent Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Rochester is a town and former city now within the Medway towns unitary authority of Kent. See Rochester Kent Wikipedia

Rochester St Nicholas with St Clement is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Rochester.

St Nicholas' Church has been converted into the Diocesan offices, but remains consecrated.

See Kent Archaeological Society and Edward Hasted, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 4 (1798), pp. 153-182. Date accessed: 30 September 2013. at British History Online and Kent Churches website

The former church of St Peter King Street was created from St Nicholas in 1860; the church dated from 1858-1860 and was demolished in 1973/4. St Peter's and Rochester St Margaret, Kent were recombined into a joint parish in 1953 and in 1971 the parish of St Nicholas with St Clement was absorbed into it. The combined parish is now "The Parish of St Peter with St Margaret" centred on the new (1973) Parish Centre in the Delce (St Peter's) with St Margaret's being retained as a Chapel of Ease. Old St Peter's was demolished in 1974

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Medway 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]

Rochester St Nicholas with St Clement parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FMP = FindMyPast - (£)[1]
FREG = FreeREG - free[2]
FS BTs = England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch) - free[3]
FS PRs = England, Kent, Parish Registers (FamilySearch) - free[4]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[5]
MED = Medway Ancestors - free[6]
Rochester St Nicholas with St Clement Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images

FREG 1796-1837
1673-1698, 1704-1849
FS BTs 1718-1857 1791-1857 1791-1874
FS PRs 1736-1768, 1813-1837, 1868-1876 1673-1876 1673-1875
IGI 1624-1875 1624-1876
MED 1624-1950 1624-1950 1624-1950

International Genealogical Index Batch Numbers

  • Christenings 1624-1875 Batches (C135091, C135093)
  • Marriages 1624-1876 Batches (M135091-M135093)


  • Rochester Bethel Wesleyan International Genealogical Index Christenings 1796-1837 Batch (C068561)
  • Rochester Presbyterian International Genealogical Index Christenings1700-1808 Batch (C068821)

Land Tax[edit | edit source]

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census Returns for Rochester 1841-1891

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.

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. 'Coverage of Kent parish marriage records', Find My Past, accessed 6 November 2013.
  2. 'Kent Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 6 November 2013.
  3. 'England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 11 November 2013.
  4. 'England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 13 November 2013.
  5. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 18 November 2013.
  6. 'Medway Ancestors Imagebase: list of parishes, in alphabetical order', Cityark, accessed 8 November 2013.