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Kent England Research

Private Research Collection

I regularly make use of this, including my own unique indexes, when carrying out research on behalf of clients - and, when undertaking wider genealogical research projects, I do not make any extra charge for using any of the sources or indexes in this collection. Searches for which I am able to use my private library in this way, either alone or in combination with research on the Internet (without the need for a visit to any Record Office, and thus saving on both time and incidental expenses), can normally be completed and a report produced within one month from their being requested, and often much more quickly than that. The sources of which I have copies available for my own exclusive personal use in this way include the following:-

• Microfilms of original registers or Bishop's Transcripts of many Kent parishes
• Transcripts and indexes of parish registers and other sources
• KFHS printed books, microfiche and CDs and other FHSs' publications
• Other books, microfiche, microfilms, and CDs
• Will indexes and/or calendars for the various Kent probate courts (covering dates between 1396 and 1858, depending on the survival of their records)
• Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Indexes, 1383-1800
• Indexes to Probate Inventories and Accounts
• Marriage Licences, Canterbury Diocese 1568-1837 - printed, indexed copies
• Marriage Licences, Rochester Diocese 1637-1639 and 1715-1840 (with some other gaps) - calendars or indexed transcripts
• Census Returns on CD, microfilm or fiche for most years, 1841-1901, for the whole of Kent and also for Sussex, Surrey, Essex, London and Middlesex
• Many of the published Census indexes for Kent (and some for Sussex etc)
• Directories (printed books, photocopies, microfiche or CDs) for Kent, 1791 ("Universal British Directory") and various dates between 1823 and 1918, as well as some for Sussex, Surrey, Essex, London and Middlesex
• Directories for the Tunbridge Wells area of Kent, of various dates, 1839-1866 and 1925-1974 (personal names listed in Tunbridge Wells in the "Pigot" 1839 and "Bagshaw" 1847 Directories are fully indexed in my General Index)
• Indexes of Settlement Papers and some other Poor Law documents for many parishes in Kent (KFHS and NWKFHS publications and my own other notes)
• Indexed Catalogues of Sussex Quarter Sessions Settlement Cases, 1661-1769, by M. J. Burchall (all Kent references are fully indexed in my General Index)

Also available to me are my own unique card indexes, developed over the past 35 years, during which I have specialised in research in Kent and especially in South West Kent. They are not computerised, but are I hope accurate and also include many additional notes and cross-references. My own card indexes comprise the following:-

• 1851 Census Index, mainly for West Kent (full coverage list available - see http://expertgenealogy.com/g/?x=1499&p=2)
• Baptism Index, similar area, 1813-1840 or later (for full coverage list, see tab above)
• Nonconformist and Late Baptism Index (descriptive notes available - for short version of these notes, see tab above)
• General Index

There are many other sources to which I now have ready access on the Internet, some being available free of charge (for example the LDS Church's excellent International Genealogical Index), while for others, fees are charged for some or all services and I naturally pass those fees on to clients as appropriate. Available resources include:-

• Indexes and digital copies of the original Census returns for the whole of England and Wales, 1841-1911
• Databases and digital copies of the original General Register Office index pages covering births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales (certificates with full details may be obtained for a fee), from July 1837 to 2005; and births and deaths, only, for 2006 (marriages for 2006 are not available online)
• Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1383-1858 (database on TNA's "Documents Online"; copies of any Wills found may be obtained from this website for a flat fee, irrespective of the number of pages each covers)
• Many other resources including Passenger Lists, Nonconformist registers, etc

It should though be noted that while I am happy to make searches in various online resources including those detailed above, I do not undertake general Internet research, for example for all references to a surname, parish or other location. Such wider searches can be very time-consuming and can in any case readily be carried out by anyone with access to the Internet. I therefore prefer to spend my time on specific, targeted searches of the kinds indicated, rather than on such more general searches.

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