Staplehurst, Kent Genealogy

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

Staplehurst, Kent
Staplehurst All Saints Kent.jpg
Staplehurst All Saints Kent
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Marden
County Kent
Poor Law Union Maidstone
Registration District Maidstone
Records begin
Parish registers: 1538
Bishop's Transcripts: 1560
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Sutton
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]

STAPLEHURST (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Maidstone, partly in the hundred of Cranbrooke, and partly in that of Marden, Lower division of the lathe of Scray, W division of Kent, 4 miles N by E from Cranbrooke. There is a place of worship for Independents. [1]

Staplehurst is a large village and civil parish in the Maidstone district of Kent, see Staplehurst Wikipedia.

Staplehurst All Saints is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Canterbury since 2008. Deanery website; a map of the parish boundary may be found at A church near you.

The Church of All Saints, High Street, Staplehurst has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building.

All Saints Church Staplehurst Wikipedia Church website includes a tour of the church.

See Kent Archaeological Society and Edward Hasted, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 7 (1798), pp. 119-129. Date accessed: 14 November 2013.

at British History Online and Kent Churches website

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

See Maidstone 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]

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

BOYD = Boyd's Marriage Index (findmypast) - (£)[2]
FMP = FindMyPast - (£)[3][4][5]
FREG = FreeREG - free[6]
FREL = FamilyRelatives - (£)[7]
PALL = Pallot's Marriage Index (Ancestry) - (£)[8]
RWEB = RootsWeb - free[9]
Staplehurst Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images

FMP 1538-1902



RWEB 1538-1900

Original deposited registers are held at:

Centre for Kentish Studies, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XX

From Spring 2012 material formerly held at
Centre for Kentish Studies, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XX
is available at Kent History and Library Centre see Kent Archives which also enables a search of the catalogue for Kent Archives material deposited at Canterbury Cathedral Archives

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Family History Library film numbers
See also England, Kent, Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Land Tax[edit | edit source]

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for Staplehurst 1841-1891

The Parish of Staplehurst in County Kent - Genealogy and Local History.

this includes:
1841 Census, 1851 Census, 1861 Census, 1871 Census, 1881 Census, 1891 Census, 1901 Census
Surname Index, Full Transcription, About the Data, Facts and Figures for the above censuses.

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]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

The Parish of Staplehurst in County Kent - Genealogy and Local History at:

this site includes transcriptions for Parish Registers, Census, Probate Indexes, Tithe Awards, Monumental Inscriptions, and more.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 192-195. Date accessed: 08 May 2013.
  2. Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists, 1987).
  3. 'Coverage of Kent parish baptism records', Find My Past, accessed 5 November 2013.
  4. 'Coverage of Kent parish marriage records', Find My Past, accessed 6 November 2013.
  5. 'Coverage of Kent parish burial records', Find My Past, accessed 6 November 2013.
  6. 'Kent Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 6 November 2013.
  7. 'Kent Parish registers collection 1538 on,' Family Relatives, accessed 12 March 2012. Derived from Phillimore Marriage Indexes.
  8. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes.
  9. Cathy Goodwin, 'Staplehurst All Saints Parish Church Registers of Births, Marriages and Burials,' RootsWeb, accessed 13 March 2012. Includes marriage banns 1754-1809.