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Guide to '''Penshurst, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy:''' parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.  
  
== Parish History<br> ==
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| caption = Penshurst St John the Baptist Kent
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| Type = [[Ancient Parish]]
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| County = Kent
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| Hundred = Somerden
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| Poor Law Union = [http://www.workhouses.org.uk/Sevenoaks/ Sevenoaks]
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| Registration District = Sevenoaks
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| PRbegin = 1558
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| BTbegin = 1700; Separate records exist for St Peter's Chapel beginning 1849
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| Province = Canterbury
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| Diocese = Pre-1845 - Rochester; Post-1844 - Canterbury
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| Rural Deanery = Shoreham
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| 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
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Penshurst is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks district of Kent [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penshurst+ Penshurst Wikipedia]<br>
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== Parish History  ==
  
Penshurst St John the Baptist is an Ancient Parish which includes the village of Fordcombe and St Peter's Chapel&nbsp; in the parish.See [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fordcombe+ Fordcombe Wikipedia]<br>  
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PENSHURST (St. John the Baptist), a '''parish''', in the union of Seven-Oaks, hundred of Somerden, lathe of Sutton at-Hone, W division of Kent, 6 miles WSW from Tonbridge. There is a place of worship for '''Baptists'''. <ref>Lewis, Samuel A., [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51209#s12 ''A Topographical Dictionary of England''] (1848), pp. 549-555. Date accessed: 27 April 2013.</ref>
  
The village and civil parish includes&nbsp; Fordcombe and a second church in the parish, Fordcombe St Peter which was built in 1847, previously a chapel of ease within the parish for Fordcombe residents.  
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Penshurst is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks district of Kent [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penshurst Penshurst Wikipedia]
  
The church is situated behind Leicester Square in the village and adjacent to Penshurst Place the ancestral Home and estate of the Sidney family and Viscounts de L'Isle.&nbsp; Penshurst Place was built in 1341.See [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penshurst_Place+ Penshurst Place Wikipedia] A map of the parish boundary may be found at [http://www.achurchnearyou.com/penshurst-st-john-the-baptist/+ A church near you]<br>
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Penshurst St John the Baptist is an Ancient Parish which includes the village of Fordcombe and St Peter's Chapel in the parish. See [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fordcombe Fordcombe Wikipedia]
  
The parish church of St John the Baptist has been designated as a grade B listed building [http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-446486-church-of-st-john-the-baptist-penshurst+ British listed building]<br>
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The village and civil parish includes Fordcombe and a second church in the parish, Fordcombe St Peter which was built in 1847, previously a chapel of ease within the parish for Fordcombe residents.See [http://www.kentchurches.info/church.asp?p=Fordcombe Kent Churches website]  
  
The church of St Peter (known locally as St Peter's chapel Fordcombe) has been designated as a grade C listed building [http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-446461-church-of-st-peter-penshurst+ British listed building] A map of the parish boundary may be found at [http://www.achurchnearyou.com/fordcombe-st-peter/+ A church near you]<br>
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The church is situated behind Leicester Square in the village and adjacent to Penshurst Place the ancestral Home and estate of the Sidney family and Viscounts de L'Isle. Penshurst Place was built in 1341. See [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penshurst_Place Penshurst Place Wikipedia] A map of the parish boundary may be found at [http://www.achurchnearyou.com/penshurst-st-john-the-baptist/ A church near you]  
  
See Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 227-257 [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=62856&amp;strquery=Penshurst+ at British History Online]<br>
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The parish church of St John the Baptist has been designated as a grade B listed building [http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-446486-church-of-st-john-the-baptist-penshurst British listed building]  
  
See [http://www.nwkfhs.org.uk/pens_plc.htm+ Penshurst North West Kent Family History Society] for Anglican churches and chapels and other places of worship in Penshurst area and [http://www.nwkfhs.org.uk/pens_c01.htm+ Penshurst St John the Baptist]<br>
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The church of St Peter (known locally as St Peter's chapel Fordcombe) has been designated as a grade C listed building [http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-446461-church-of-st-peter-penshurst British listed building] A map of the parish boundary may be found at [http://www.achurchnearyou.com/fordcombe-st-peter/ A church near you]
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See Edward Hasted, ''The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent'': Volume 3 (1797), pp. 227-257. Date accessed: 12 September 2013. [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=62856&strquery=Penshurst at British History Online] and [http://www.kentchurches.info/church.asp?p=Penshurst Kent Churches website]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
==== Civil Registration  ====
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=== Civil Registration  ===
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See [http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/sevenoaks.html Sevenoaks Registration District] 1837-1941 [http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/tonbridge.html Tonbridge Registration District]
  
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The [[England Civil Registration|civil registration]] article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is [http://freebmd.org.uk/ FreeBMD].  
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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.  
  
==== Church records ====
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The Mansion House (Certificate Centre)<br>Grove Hill Road<br>Tunbridge Wells<br>Kent TN1 1EP  
  
Original deposited registers are held at:  
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Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The [[England Civil Registration|civil registration]] article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is [http://freebmd.org.uk/ FreeBMD].
  
Centre for Kentish Studies,County Hall,Maidstone,Kent ME14 1XX
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=== Church Records ===
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'''Penshurst St John the Baptist''' parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
  
01622 694363
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''BIVRI''' = [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1351 British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)]<ref>[http://genoot.com/downloads/BVRI2/ 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records'], ''Genoot,'' accessed 7 November 2013.</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''BOYD''' = [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-united-kingdom-records-in-birth-marriage-death-and-parish-records Boyd's Marriage Index (findmypast) - (£)]<ref>Percival Boyd, ''A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index'' (London: Society of Genealogists, 1987).</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FAMR''' = [http://www.familyrelatives.com/ FamilyRelatives - (£)]<ref>[http://www.familyrelatives.com/information/info_detail.php?id=63 'Kent Parish registers collection 1538 on Familyrelatives.com,'] ''Family Relatives,'' accessed 12 March 2012. Derived from Phillimore Marriage Indexes.</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FREG''' = [http://www.freereg.org.uk/ FreeREG - free]<ref>[http://www.freereg.org.uk/parishes/ken.htm 'Kent Coverage'], ''FreeREG,'' accessed 6 November 2013.</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FS BTs''' = [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949386 England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch) - free]<ref>[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949386 'England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911,'] ''FamilySearch,'' accessed 11 November 2013.</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FS PRs''' = {{RecordSearch|1952887|England, Kent, Parish Registers (FamilySearch) - free}}<ref>{{RecordSearch|1952887|'England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911,'}} ''FamilySearch,'' accessed 13 November 2013.</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''IGI''' = [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free]<ref>Hugh Wallis, [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hughwallis/IGIBatchNumbers/CountyKent.htm#PageTitle 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,'] ''IGI Batch Numbers,'' accessed 15 November 2013.</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''PALL''' = [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=5967 Pallot's Marriage Index (Ancestry) - (£)]<ref>''Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes.''</ref>
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Fax: 01622 694379
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" colspan="2" | <center>'''''Baptisms'''''</center>
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" colspan="2" | <center>'''''Marriages'''''</center>
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| bgcolor="#ccffff" colspan="2" | <center>'''''Burials'''''</center>
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''BIVRI'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1351 '''1813-1842''']
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''BOYD'''
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-united-kingdom-records-in-birth-marriage-death-and-parish-records '''1651-1725''']
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FAMR'''
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [http://www.familyrelatives.com/ '''1647-1812''']
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FREG'''
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [http://www.freereg.org.uk/ '''1560-1837''']
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FS BTs'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | {{RecordSearch|1949386|'''1813-1905'''}}
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | {{RecordSearch|1949386|'''1813-1905'''}}
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| bgcolor="#ccffff" | {{RecordSearch|1949386|'''1813-1905'''}}
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FS PRs'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | {{RecordSearch|1952887|'''1648-1753'''}}
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | {{RecordSearch|1952887|'''1648-1812; 1754-1813, 1823-1900 (banns)'''}}
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=5967 '''1790-1812''']
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archives@kent.gov.uk<br>
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'''Penshurst St Peter''' parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
  
International Genealogical Index Christenings 1813-1842 Batch (C165421)<br>  
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" colspan="2" | <center>'''''Baptisms'''''</center>
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" colspan="2" | <center>'''''Marriages'''''</center>
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FS BTs'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | {{RecordSearch|1949386|'''1849-1902'''}}
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| bgcolor="#ccffff" | {{RecordSearch|1949386|'''1849-1902'''}}
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Family History Library film numbers<br>{{FHL|England%2C+Kent%2C+Penshurst|subject|disp=Penshurst}} <br>
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'''Fordcombe''' parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
  
[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F607791+ Bishop's transcripts for Penshurst, 1813-1905]<br>  
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" colspan="2" | <center>'''''Baptisms'''''</center>
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" colspan="2" | <center>'''''Marriages'''''</center>
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| bgcolor="#ccffff" colspan="2" | <center>'''''Burials'''''</center>
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''BIVRI'''
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1351 '''1849-1872 (gaps)''']  
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F607797+ Bishop's transcripts for Fordcombe, 1849-1902]
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'''Family History Library film numbers'''
  
See also [[England, Kent, Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br><br>
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*{{FHL|607791|item|disp=Bishop's transcripts for Penshurst, 1813-1905}}
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*{{FHL|607797|item|disp=Bishop's transcripts for Fordcombe, 1849-1902}}
  
Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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==== Land Tax  ====
  
==== Land Tax ====
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*Images for the Borough of Hall and Penshurst are available at FamilySearch Records see [[England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments - FamilySearch Historical Records]] 1780-1832
  
Images for the Borough of Hall and Penshurst are available at FamilySearch Records see [[England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] 1780-1832<br>
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*The image series described as "the borough of Hall" and later as Hall borough in the hundred of Wachlingstone" Land tax assessments for the parish of Penshurst and Hall borough, 1780-1832  
  
Images for Penshurst 1780-1832 are in a separate series.
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*Images for Penshurst 1780-1832 are in a separate series of images for " the town and uplands in the Parish of Penshurst".  
  
==== Census records  ====
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Edward Hasted describes "There is a district in this parish, called Hallborough, which is within the lowy of Tunbridge....and there is another part of it, comprehending the estate of Chafford, which is within the jurisdiction of the duchy court of Lancaster."
  
[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F508949+ Census returns for Penshurst 1841-1891]<br>
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The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 227-257. [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=62856&strquery=Penshurst at British History Online]  
  
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 [http://fhc.familysearch.org/ '''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.<br>[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Category:England_Family_History_Centres] to locate local Family History Centres in UK<br>[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Introduction_to_LDS_Family_History_Centers] to locate outside UK.<br>Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.
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=== Census Records ===
  
Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable)
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F508949 Census returns for Penshurst 1841-1891]<br>
  
The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.
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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.<br>
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*[[:Category:England Family History Centres]] to locate local Family History Centres in UK<br>
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*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]] to locate outside UK.<br>
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*Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.  
  
[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/group/ukicen/UK_Census_Collection.aspx+ Ancestry UK Census Collection]
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Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable)
  
[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/search-menu/census-land-and-surveys+ Find my Past census search 1841-1901]
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The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.
  
[http://www.1881pubs.com/+ for details of public houses in the 1881 census]
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*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/group/ukicen Ancestry UK Census Collection] <br>
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*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/search-menu/census-land-and-surveys Find my Past census search 1841-1901]  
  
Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives.
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=== Poor Law Unions  ===
  
The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911 and in addition to households and institutions such as prisons and workhouses, canal boats merchant ships and naval vessels it attempted to include homeless persons. The schedule was completed by an individual and for the first time both this record and the enumerator's schedule were preserved. <br>Two forms of boycott of the census by women are possible due to frustration at government failure to grant women the universal right to vote in parliamentary and local elections. The schedule either records a protest by failure to complete the form in respect of the women in the household or women are absent due to organisation of groups of women staying away from home for the whole night. Research estimates that several thousand women are not found by census search.<br>[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/census/1911/person?ukwid=394505&amp;sourceid=1&amp;utm_source=Google+FMP+Main_CPC&amp;utm_medium=Key+Keywords&amp;utm_campaign=1911+census+ Find my Past 1911 census search]<br>
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*[[Penshurst Poor Law Union,Kent]] until 1836 <br>
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*[[Sevenoaks Poor Law Union, Kent]]  
  
==== Poor Law Unions ====
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=== Probate Records ===
  
[[Penshurst Poor Law Union,Kent]] until 1836
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Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to [[Kent Probate Records|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.
  
[[Sevenoaks Poor Law Union, Kent]]
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*See [[England, Kent, Wills and Probate - FamilySearch Historical Records]]<br>
  
==== Probate records ====
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==== Local Family History Centre ====
  
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to [[Kent Probate Records|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.
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*[[Maidstone Family History Centre, Kent]] <br>
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:*'''[[FHC Portal]]''' This centre has access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access in the centre to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.  
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:*Publication of the restricted access images [[England, Kent, Wills and Probate - FamilySearch Historical Records]] and [[England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments - FamilySearch Historical Records]] means that it is advisable to telephone the centre to reserve a computer if you wish to view these
  
 
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*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
 
*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
  
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== References ==
  
Contributor: Add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.
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[[Category:Kent Parishes]]

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

Penshurst, Kent
Penshurst St John the Baptist Kent.jpg
Penshurst St John the Baptist Kent
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Somerden
County Kent, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Sevenoaks
Registration District Sevenoaks
Records begin
Parish registers: 1558
Bishop's Transcripts: 1700; Separate records exist for St Peter's Chapel beginning 1849
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]

PENSHURST (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of Seven-Oaks, hundred of Somerden, lathe of Sutton at-Hone, W division of Kent, 6 miles WSW from Tonbridge. There is a place of worship for Baptists. [1]

Penshurst is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks district of Kent Penshurst Wikipedia

Penshurst St John the Baptist is an Ancient Parish which includes the village of Fordcombe and St Peter's Chapel in the parish. See Fordcombe Wikipedia

The village and civil parish includes Fordcombe and a second church in the parish, Fordcombe St Peter which was built in 1847, previously a chapel of ease within the parish for Fordcombe residents.See Kent Churches website

The church is situated behind Leicester Square in the village and adjacent to Penshurst Place the ancestral Home and estate of the Sidney family and Viscounts de L'Isle. Penshurst Place was built in 1341. See Penshurst Place Wikipedia A map of the parish boundary may be found at A church near you

The parish church of St John the Baptist has been designated as a grade B listed building British listed building

The church of St Peter (known locally as St Peter's chapel Fordcombe) has been designated as a grade C listed building British listed building A map of the parish boundary may be found at A church near you

See Edward Hasted, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 227-257. Date accessed: 12 September 2013. at British History Online and Kent Churches website

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]

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

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
BOYD = Boyd's Marriage Index (findmypast) - (£)[3]
FAMR = FamilyRelatives - (£)[4]
FREG = FreeREG - free[5]
FS BTs = England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch) - free[6]
FS PRs = England, Kent, Parish Registers (FamilySearch) - free[7]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[8]
PALL = Pallot's Marriage Index (Ancestry) - (£)[9]
Penshurst St John the Baptist Online Parish Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1813-1842


BOYD
1651-1725

FAMR
1647-1812

FREG
1560-1837

FS BTs 1813-1905 1813-1905 1813-1905
FS PRs 1648-1753 1648-1812; 1754-1813, 1823-1900 (banns) 1648-1753
IGI 1813-1842
PALL
1790-1812

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

Penshurst St Peter Online Parish Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS BTs 1849-1902 1849-1902 1849-1902

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

Fordcombe Online Parish Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1849-1872 (gaps)


Family History Library film numbers

Land Tax[edit | edit source]

  • The image series described as "the borough of Hall" and later as Hall borough in the hundred of Wachlingstone" Land tax assessments for the parish of Penshurst and Hall borough, 1780-1832
  • Images for Penshurst 1780-1832 are in a separate series of images for " the town and uplands in the Parish of Penshurst".

Edward Hasted describes "There is a district in this parish, called Hallborough, which is within the lowy of Tunbridge....and there is another part of it, comprehending the estate of Chafford, which is within the jurisdiction of the duchy court of Lancaster."

The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 227-257. at British History Online

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for Penshurst 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]

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]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 549-555. Date accessed: 27 April 2013.
  2. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 7 November 2013.
  3. Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists, 1987).
  4. 'Kent Parish registers collection 1538 on Familyrelatives.com,' Family Relatives, accessed 12 March 2012. Derived from Phillimore Marriage Indexes.
  5. 'Kent Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 6 November 2013.
  6. 'England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 11 November 2013.
  7. 'England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 13 November 2013.
  8. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 15 November 2013.
  9. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes.