Wednesday 27 March 2013

FindMyPast adds more than 2m records from Kent

FindMyPast has added another huge collection of UK records to its database. This update includes almost 900,000 baptisms, 100,000 banns, 500,000 marriages and 700,000 burials from the Canterbury area of Kent, some of them dating back to 1538.

One register, for the parish of St Alphege Seasalter, includes odd and sometimes cutting entries about the parishioners by the vicar, Thomas Patten; for example, a note about the marriage in 1744 between John Housden “a young gape-mouthed lazy fellow” and Hannah Matthews “an old toothless wriggling hagg.”

The Canterbury Collection is available on all of findmypast’s international sites as part of a World Subscription.