Findmypast announces deal to digitise Kent parish registers

By Rosemary Collins, 23 May 2018 - 9:10am

The partnership will make 400 years of family history records available to Findmypast subscribers

Boys on donkeys on Ramsgate beach, 1900
Boys on donkeys on Ramsgate beach, c. 1900 (Credit: The Montifraulo Collection/ Getty Images)

Family history website Findmypast has announced a new partnership with Kent County Council in order to digitise the county's collection of over 2,500 Anglican parish registers.

The registers, held at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone, date from the early 16th century to 1918, and include baptism, marriage, bann and burial records.

Online images of these records, available in searchable indexes, will be released on Findmypast in stages, with the first being published later this year.

Paul Nixon, content licensing manager at Findmypast, said: "We are delighted that so much of Kent's rich history and many of its people's stories will be better known through this partnership."

Mike Hill, Kent County Council's cabinet member for community and regulatory services, said that the Findmypast deal would provide a "valuable addition" to the family history resources available in Kent's libraries.

He added that staff in the council's archives service had already begun scanning the registers.

The Church of England has been required to keep parish records of baptisms, marriages and burials since 1538, and the registers now form a vital resource for many family historians.

Free family history website FamilySearch has already indexed over 100,000 1538-1911 Kent parish records, but the images are only available to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members, or at FamilySearch Family History Centres and affiliate libraries.

Findmypast has previously released over 2.5 million Canterbury Archdeaconry records held by the Canterbury Cathedral Archives.
 

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