Parish registers are records of baptisms, marriage and burials made by the Church. They are a great resource for researching your family tree because official records of birth, marriage and death do not go back further than 1837. Many parish registers go back to the 1600s.
Finding parish registers
Parish registers dated before 1920 held by the Kent Archive service are now available to view and search on FindMyPast.
Over 2.6 million fully indexed baptism, banns, marriage and burial records spanning more than 400 years of Kent history are now online.
The records have been created from over 3,000 handwritten registers currently held at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone. These registers have been digitised by the Kent Archive Service in full colour to ensure the highest possible image quality. Access to FindMyPast is free from any Kent library.
Findmypast also publishes over 2.5 million Canterbury Archdeaconry records held by the Canterbury Cathedral Archives.
Using parish registers
Parish registers are still held locally. Before you start searching you’ll need to know at least the area and preferably the parish as there are over 400 parishes in Kent.
Use our guide to parish registers, to find out which record office holds the register you’re looking for.
Read our New to parish registers guide.
Visit parishregister.co.uk for more information on parish registers.
Former Kent parishes now part of Greater London
Bromley, Beckenham and Orpington: Bromley Archives
Erith and Sidcup: Bexley Local Studies and Archives Centre
Deptford, Woolwich and some Greenwich: London Metropolitan Archives
Greenwich St Paul, Charlton Holy Trinity and Charlton St Luke: Greenwich Heritage Centre
Lewisham and Lee: Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre