Search over 200,000 marriages from the records of the Canterbury Cathedral Archives. The index includes Anglican and Quaker marriages from more than 300 parishes including Canterbury, Dover, Tenterden, Maidstone and Deal. Discover your ancestor’s marriage place, marriage date and even occupation. Some of the names have been abbreviated and other records include more than one marriage place. Use a wildcard search to improve your results. To do a wildcard search type an asterisk at either side of subject, for example searching for (*)Dover St Mary(*) will give you Elizabeth Gibbon’s wedding at Dover St Mary or St James or Guston.
The transcripts were created from Anglican parish registers, bishop’s transcripts, marriage licences and some Society of Friends (Quaker) records. Due to the variety of sources, the amount of details provided in each record will vary, but most records will include:
Name – In many records the names have been abbreviated such as Eliz for Elizabeth or Geo for George
Marriage date – This date may be the date of the marriage or the date the marriage licence was issued.
Marriage place – Some transcripts which were created from marriage licenses include more than one marriage place. The marriage licences were issued to the groom-to-be permitting him to marry his bride-to-be in a specific parish, or in two or more parishes (for instance, if bride and groom were from, or had family connections with, different parishes).
Notes – may include additional information about the records, such as additional spellings for surnames.
The Kent, East Kent marriage index 1539-1753 has been provided by the Canterbury Cathedral Archives. The index is not a comprehensive list of every marriage between 1539 and 1753 in East Kent. The records include the parishes of Canterbury, Dover, Tenterden, Maidstone and Deal. Maidstone has the most entries in the index with a total of 6,766. For a full list of the places included in these records choose the East Kent Marriages Parish List from the Useful Links and Resources. In the records from Deal, Kent we have found Sir Francis Samuel Drake, the 5th generation nephew of the famous Elizabethan explorer. What famous ancestor will you find in your family tree?
Transcripts that were created from the detail found in marriage licenses will have more than one marriage place listed. A marriage licence was issued to the groom-to-be permitting him to marry in designated parishes. For example, George Wood of Dover received a license to marry Elizabeth Gibbons in either Dover St Mary, St James of Guston.
Kent is located in South East England bordered by the North Sea and the English Channel. East Kent is home to beautiful scenic coasts and waterways such as the Royal military Canal. The canal was built in 1804, around the back of the Romney Marsh. Its purpose was to strengthen the defence of the coast by providing troops with a strategic position behind the canal in case of an invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte. Kent is rich in history, legend says that Julius Caesar landed on the beach at Walmer in 55BC and the county played a significant role in the English Civil War.
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