Sevenoaks, Kent Genealogy

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

Sevenoaks, Kent
Sevenoaks St Nicholas Kent.jpg
Sevenoaks St Nicholas Kent
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Codsheath
County Kent, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Sevenoaks
Registration District Sevenoaks
Records begin
Parish registers: 1559
Bishop's Transcripts: 1670
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Shoreham
Diocese Pre-1845 - Rochester; Post-1844 - Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Pre-1845 - Court of the Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Deaneries of Arches, Croydon and Shoreham; Post-1844 - Search the courts of surrounding parishes
Location of Archive
Kent History and Library Centre

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Sevenoaks St Nicholas is the primary Ancient parish in the market town of Sevenoaks Kent. Sevenoaks Wikipedia

Sevenoaks St Nicholas parish boundary included Riverhead, Weald and Kippington; a map of this and other Sevenoaks parishes may be found at A church near you

Sevenoaks Weald, Kent Genealogy is a former chapelry and the subsequent churches of St Luke Kent Churches website, St Mary and St John the Baptist were formed from parts of the Ancient Parish.

The church dates from the 13th century with rebuilding in the fifteenth century. The church of St Nicholas High Street Sevenoaks has been designated as a grade II* listed building British listed building

See Edward Hasted, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 60-105. Date accessed: 12 October 2013. at British History Online and Kent Churches website

See Sevenoaks North West Kent Family History Society which includes other places of worship in the town.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

See Sevenoaks Registration District 1837-1941 Tonbridge 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]

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

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[1]
FS BTs = England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch) - free[2]
FS PRs = England, Kent, Parish Registers (FamilySearch) - free[3]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[4]
Sevenoaks St Nicholas Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1813-1906

FS BTs 1813-1890 1813-1890 1813-1890
FS PRs 1559-1879 1559-1898; 1754-1900 (banns) 1559-1887
IGI 1816-1839

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

Sevenoaks St John Online Parish Records


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FS BTs 1897-1907

Kippington St Mary registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

Kippington St Mary Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS BTs 1896-1904

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for Sevenoaks 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 Family History Center 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]

A Parish workhouse at St John's Hill which could accommodate up to 80 people existed in the 18th century and upon creation of Sevenoaks Poor Law Union, Kent Genealogy the Union decided to enlarge these premises; however criticism of the resulting conditions lead to the Union building a new workhouse at Sundridge and the sale of the former St John's Hill land and buildings in the mid 1840s.

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]

Orpington Family History Centre, Kent is within reach of the Sevenoaks district, located adjacent to Orpington Station.

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]

The History of Sevenoaks up to 1650 by Jean Fox is a well researched, documented website that would equal a stack of 18 inches of printed paper which includes the wills, parish register entries and families from Sevenoaks and some of the surrounding areas.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 7 November 2013.
  2. 'England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 11 November 2013.
  3. 'England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 13 November 2013.
  4. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 15 November 2013.