Barham Downs Churches

  • The Rectory
  • The Street, Barham
  • Canterbury
  • Kent
  • CT4 6PA

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Researching Ancestors

It may be that you have come to our web site as part of research to find your ancestors. If so, we hope we can be of some help.

In our five churches, the following Registers and Records are available for research, but by appointment only, as by law Registers must be supervised.

Adisham Church
Baptism Register from TBC
Marriage Register from TBC
Burial Register from TBC
   Earlier Registers are held at Canterbury.

Barham Church
Baptism Register from 1952
Marriage Register from 2006
Burial Register from 1959
   Earlier Registers are held at Canterbury.
   Barham also hold indexes to the earlier Registers:
      Baptism index from 1558-1990
      Marriage index from 1558-1966
      Burial index from 1558-1990

Bishopsbourne Church
Baptism Register from 1887
Marriage Register from 2001
Burial Register from 1813
   Earlier Registers are held at Canterbury.
   Bishopsbourne also hold indexes to the earlier Registers:
      Baptism index from 1558
      Marriage index from 1734-1918 only
      Burials index from 1813, but some earlier but incomplete records.

Kingston Church
Baptism Register from 1908
Marriage Register from 2003
Burial Register from 1813
   Earlier Registers are held at Canterbury.

Womenswold Church
Baptism Register from 1925
Marriage Register from 1991
Burial Register from 1813
   Earlier Registers are held at Canterbury.

Searches in Registers, etc.

There are statutory fees, set by law, for searches being made in old registers.
They are as follows (from 1 January 2017):
   For the first hour (inclusive of one copy of an entry) - £28
   For each subsequent hour or part of an hour - £28
   Additional copies of entries - £13.
Where people request to make their own search, which must be done under supervision, a donation to the church is requested.

Other potential resources:

Most archive documents for this area are held in the Cathedral Archives, and they may well be able to offer you more help than we can.

A particularly good resource are the lists of inscriptions on memorials that have been compiled by Kent Archaeological Society. Many of these include names that have now become illegible on old gravestones.