About the Index
David Hills writes:
Being an amateur genealogist, I have spent many hundreds of hours peering at scratchy old microfilms of parish records. I once spent a whole day searching the baptisms, marriages and burials of one smallish parish. All I found was one record—a burial for a Mary, who I cannot identify. I was reminded of a large notice that I once saw in an office. It simply said, "Think—there must be an easier way of doing it."
So, in 2002, I started transcribing the marriages you will find in this index. At that time, I had no plans to publish the results on the internet, but only to provide the information for the hundreds of family historians who go to the archives. It is not a full transcript with every detail of each marriage. It is merely a "finding aid", which I trust you will find useful.
You can obtain a copy of the register for any marriage in this index from the appropriate archives. The email addresses are:
I am very grateful to Gary Samson and Bob Chown, both members of the Woodchurch Ancestry Group, for their assistance in making the index available on this website.
Gary Samson is an IT manager in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent. He spends a good deal of his time designing and maintaining accessible, database-driven web sites. Any spare moments are devoted to chasing elusive sixteenth-century ancestors and researching the history of Woodchurch, with a passion for anything military. He is also Chair of the newly-formed Woodchurch Ancestry Group (WAG): a small collection of irrepressibly enthusiastic local historians and transcribers, the work of which you can see on the WAG web site.
The Banner Image
The image used for the top of each page of the Mid-Kent Marriages Index is a detail taken from ‘The Wedding Morning’, painted in 1892 by John Henry Frederick Bacon (1866-1913). It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1892, where it was bought by William Hesketh Lever, the first Lord Leverhulme, to be used as an advertisement for Sunlight soap. The painting forms part of the permanent collection on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight, Merseyside.