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Kent County Council (Dartford)

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.kent.gov.uk/e&l/artslib/coutser.html
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): KEN

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Dartford Library. Reference Department
Tel: 01322 221133
Fax: 01322 278271
Contact: Christoph Bull B.A. (Hons), A.L.A., Local Studies and Reference Librarian

Please note that Dartford Library is closed until further notice for major repairs and refurbishment. It is hoping to reopen in December 2002

Opening hours:

Monday: 0930-1730
Tuesday: 0930-1730
Wednesday: closed
Thursday, Friday: 0930-1730
Saturday: 0900-1300

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes (for simple checking, not major research)

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office? Centre for Kentish Studies

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations None

5. Census returns

1841-1891 (all at Dartford)
Ash (near Sevenoaks)
Eynsford (inc. Crockenhill)
Horton Kirby
Stone Next-Dartford
Sutton-at-Home (inc Swanley)
Swanscombe (inc Greenhithe)
West Kingsdown

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

(All at Dartford)
Dartford Town directories 1863-1952 (not every year)
Kent County Directories (on microfiche) 1792-1938 (not every year)

6(b) City and Town Directories


6(c) Telephone Directories

(At Dartford)
Residential and commercial for Dartford areas 1972-

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

(All at Dartford)
Borough of Dartford 1946-1974
Rural District of Dartford 1946-1974
Swanscombe Urban District 1955-1974
District of Dartford 1974-77
Borough of Dartford 1977-
District of Sevenoaks (Northern parishes only) 1974-
Poll books for West Kent 1734, 1790, 1802, 1837, 1852, 1857, 1865

7(b) Poll Books

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)


9. Unpublished Indexes

(All at Dartford)
Local History Index - Dictionary index of ephemeral and illustrative material
Dartford Directories Index - personal name only (card index)
Dartford Rate Books Index 1879-1888 (card index)
Index to Parish Registers of Sutton-at-Hone 1813-1851 (card index)
St Mary's Female Penitentiary, Stone Census Index 1871, 1881 & 1891 (microfiche)
Crockenhill Monumental inscription index for Church of England & Baptist cemetery monumental inscriptions (microfiche)
Darenth - Monumental inscription index for St Margaret's Church (microfiche)
Greenhithe - Baptisms index 1857-1887; marriages index 1858-1919 (microfiche)Horton Kirby - Monumental inscriptions index for St Mary's Church (microfiche)
Stone - Baptisms and marriages index 1750-1871; burials index 1750-1864 (microfiche)
Sutton-at-Hone - Monumental inscriptions index for St John the Baptist's Church 1813-1840 (microfiche)
Dartford - Baptism index 1813-1839, 1840-43, 1900-1902 (microfiche); Marriages index 1813-1839, 1840-43 (microfiche); Burial index 1813-1839, 1840-43 (microfiche)

10. Parish Registers

(All at Dartford. No originals)
Ash near Sevenoaks 1553-1812 (microfiche transcript)
Crockenhill 1852-1900 (microfilm copy)
Darenth 1678-1812 (microfiche transcript); 1813-37 (microfiche transcript); 1837-1922 Marriages only (paper transcripts); 1857-1977 Baptisms only (paper transcripts); 1884-1988 Burials only (paper transcripts); 1678-1812 (microfilm copy)
Dartford 1561-1812 (microfiche transcript); 1561-1931 (microfilm copy)
Dartford: Christchurch 1910-1970 (microfilm copy)
Eynsford: 1538-1812 (microfiche transcript)
Falkham 1568-1812 (microfiche transcript); 1568-1949 (microfilm copy)
Greenhithe 1857-1919 (microfilm copy)
Hartley 1712-1812 (microfiche transcript); 1712-1937 (microfilm copy)
Horton Kirby 1678-1812 (microfiche transcript)
Longfield 1558-1812 (microfiche transcript)
Lullingstone 1578-1812 (microfiche transcript)
Ridley 1626-1812 (microfiche transcript)
Southfleet 1558-1812 (microfiche transcript)
Stone 1718-1812 (microfiche transcript); 1718-1885 (microfilm copy)
Sutton-at-Hone 1607-1812 (microfiche transcript); 1813-1868 Baptisms only (microfiche transcripts)
Swanley 1862-1981 Burials only (paper and microfiche transcripts of St Paul's)
Swanscombe 1559-1812 (microfiche transcript); 1559-1901 (microfilm copy)
Wilmington 1683-1812 (microfiche transcript); 1683-1906 (microfilm copy)
West Kingsdown 1725-1812 (microfiche transcript); 1725-1940 (microfilm copy)

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

(All at Dartford)
Archaeologia Cantiana 1858-
Bygone Kent 1980-
Transactions of the Dartford District Antiquarian Society 1938-1961
Newsletter of Dartford Historical and Antiquarian Society 1964-
Kent Life 1963-

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

13. Other material

(All at Dartford)
Dartford & Swanley Chronicle 1869-1896; 1899 to date
Dartford Reporter 1960-70; 1982-87
West Kent Advertiser 1910-15; 1937
Dartford Urban District Council 1895-1933
Dartford Borough Council 1933-74
Dartford District Council 1974-77
Dartford Borough Council 1977-
Swanscombe Urban District Council 1943-50, 1956-57, 1958-65
Swanscombe & Greenhithe Town Council 1987- (gaps in sequence)

14. Guides to Collections

Dartford Library: a guide to local studies collection (free) available from C.R. Bull at Dartford Library. The guide is some 12 years old now and will be updated as soon as funds are available.

15. Local Record Offices

Rochester upon Medway Studies Centre
Clock Building
Civic Centre
Tel: 01634 732714
Fax: 01634 732756 (specify studies centre)

Centre for Kentish Studies
County Hall
ME14 1XH
Tel: 01622 694363
Fax: 01622 694379

Other information

Illustrations covering all parishes listed in (10 Parish registers) above; this includes photographs, engravings, paintings, prints and drawings.
Youens Collection of photographs
Horace Balls collection of material mainly relating to Swanley, Hextable and Sutton-at-Hone
Maps: Ordnance Survey of 6", 25" and 50" series (1868-1994); 1:500 series (1868)
Goad town centre plans 1971-