There are both transcripts and images of the original baptism registers within these records. While the amount of available information varies, most transcripts will include the following:
Father’s first name(s)
Mother’s first name(s)
Images of the register will often provide additional information, such as
By whom the ceremony was performed
Before 1841, Canterbury was the only archdeaconry in the diocese of Canterbury. From 1841 until 2011, the diocese of Canterbury was divided into two archdeaconries: Canterbury in the east and Maidstone in the west. In 2011, the Archdeaconry of Ashford was created and the archdeaconry boundaries redrawn.
The records include all parishes which are within the Archdeaconry of Canterbury and agreed to online publication. There are four parishes that withheld consent for publishing images of their records. As such, where provided, you will only be able to search transcripts of their records: Cheriton St Martin, Harbledown St Michael, Ramsgate St Luke, and Shepherdswell (also known as Sibertswold) St Andrew. Original records for each of these four parishes can be consulted on microfilm at Canterbury Cathedral Archives.
Three ancient Thanet parishes can be found within these records: St John in Thanet, St Lawrence in Thanet, and St Peter in Thanet (rather than under the names Margate, Ramsgate, and Broadstairs respectively).
Included in these records are also the baptism registers at the Buckland (Dover) Workhouse between 1855 and 1912. These may be beneficial if your ancestors were from anywhere within the extensive catchment area of Dover Union: the parishes of Alkham, Buckland, Capel le Ferne, Charlton by Dover, Coldred, Denton, Dover, Guston, Hougham, East Langdon, Lydden, Oxney in Dover, Poulton, Ringwould, River, St Margaret at Cliffe, Shepherdswell (Sibertswold), Temple Ewell, Westcliffe, West Langdon, Whitfield, and Wootton.
Baptisms up to 1912 are included in these records. Later dates are not currently being published for reasons of data protection and personal privacy.
These records constitute a valuable resource for researching ancestry in Kent and have been provided in association with Canterbury Cathedral Archives. Kent, Canterbury Archdeaconry baptisms 1538-1912 is included in the Canterbury Collection.
Within these records you can find the composer Thomas Clark. He is most famous for his hymn Cranbrook. The tune has been used historically for the Christmas carol While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks and, more famously, for the Yorkshire folk song On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at, considered Yorkshire’s unofficial anthem. From the records we learn that Clark’s baptism date was 5 February 1775 at Canterbury, St Peter. His parents’ names were William and Mary.
Edmund John James Reid’s baptism records can also be found within these records. Reid was a detective inspector and head of the criminal investigation division of Metropolitan Police’s H Division in 1888 during Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror in Whitechapel. As such, he was the officer in charge for the murders of Emma Elizabeth Smith and Martha Tabram.
From the records we learn that Reid’s baptism occurred on 4 October 1846 at Centerbury, St Alphege. His parents’ names were John and Martha. By looking at the image of the baptism register, we learn that they resided on Palace Street and that his father’s profession was that of a greengrocer.