Centuries of Bexley parish records added to Ancestry

By Jon Bauckham, 26 March 2015 - 2:51pm

More than 250,000 parish records from the London Borough of Bexley have been added to Ancestry, revealing baptisms, marriages and burials dating back to the 16th century

St Mary's Church, Bexley, Kent, Alamy

St Mary's Church in Bexley, as pictured on a 1906 postcard (Credit: Alamy)

More than 250,000 parish records hailing from the London Borough of Bexley have been released on Ancestry.

Digitised from registers held by Bexley Local Studies & Archive Centre, the tranche reveals details of local baptisms, marriages and burials in the former Kent parish between 1558 and 1985.

Searchable by details such as name, spouse and parents, the documents can help researchers trace their roots before the first ‘modern’ census in 1841 and the introduction of civil registration in 1837.

In addition to the parish registers, Ancestry has also released a set of Bexley civil cemetery records which include casualties of the Slade Green Munitions Factory disaster, which killed 11 female workers and a foreman in 1924.

Described by newspapers as a ‘tragedy that rocked the nation’, a memorial for those killed in the fire still remains at Erith Cemetery today.

Bexley’s Local Studies & Archives manager Simon McKeon said: “The digitisation of Bexley’s baptism, marriage, burial and civil cemetery records will help preserve the original registers and will enable wider access through Ancestry.

“These fascinating historical records, with their intriguing stories, will now be discoverable simply by a few clicks of a button, wherever you may happen to be in the world.”

Explore the Bexley records by clicking here (requires subscription)

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