Sittingbourne-related (and surrounding) Sites

 

Bobbing Parish Council - Key Street
Borden Heritage
British History Online - Calendar of State Papers, Foreign, Elizabeth - sent from Sittingbourne (1562)
British History Online - The Hospitals of Sittingbourne
British History Online - House Of Lords Journal (1831) - Beer Act Amendment Bill, Petition of Clergy of Sittingbourne & Ospringe respecting
British History Online - House Of Lords Journal (1830-31) - Petition for the Alteration of the Law of Settlement
British History Online - House Of Lords Journal (1830) - Petition for the Repeal of the Malt and Beer Duties
British History Online - Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 16: 1540-1541
British History Online - Milton-Next-Sittingbourne (1848)
British History Online - St Michael's Parish, Sittingbourne
CSI Sittingbourne
A blog for the ongoing conservation lab set up in The Forum, Sittingbourne, which is working on finds from Anglo Saxon graveyard uncovered during The Meads Excavation.
Dolphin Yard Sailing Barge Museum A fascinating insight into the maritime and industrial history of North Kent.
Milton Wills (Next Sittingbourne) (part of Kent Archaeological Society Website)

Pubs and Brewers of Kent - PIGOT'S NATIONAL & COMMERCIAL DIRECTORY 1832/33/34 (Part of Kent Genealogy Site)

Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway
Sittingbourne Churchyard Monumental Inscriptions (part of Kent Archaeological Society website)
Sittingbourne Football Club Crest and History
Sittingbourne Heritage Museum
Sittingbourne Land Tax 1780 (Part of Kent Genealogy Site)
Sittingbourne Mill
Sittingbourne, Milton, and District Directory 1908/09 (Part of Kent Genealogy Site)
Sittingbourne, Milton, and District Directory 1908/09 Sittingbourne Intro (Part of Kent Genealogy Site)
Sittingbourne, Milton, and District Directory 1908/09 Milton Intro (Part of Kent Genealogy Site)
Sittingbourne Remembers These pages are dedicated to the memory of the men and boys of Sittingbourne and Milton Regis in Kent England, who lost their lives in the Great War 14 -18.
 
A Vision of Britain Through Time: Swale A vision of Britain between 1801 and 2001. Including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions.
This is Milton Regis
Upchurch Matters
Wikipedia - Sittingbourne




 

Kent-related Sites

 

Canterbury Archaeological Trust
Cemeteries and Crematoria in Kent - Part of the Kent Online Parish Clerks Site
Confederation of Cinque Ports - the origins and history of the Confederation and details of the current organisation and its activities.
Council for Kentish Archaeology - Catalogue of the Articles in the Kent Archaeological Review available to search. Some available online for free. Back issues can be ordered.
Church Bells of Kent
Civil Regristration Districts in Kent between 1st July 1837 and 31st March 1974. (part of GENUKI website)
Clergy of the Church of England Database
Cyndi's List Kent-Related Links for the genealogist
Eden Valley Railway
England's Past For Everyone - Kent Page - a new venture by Victoria County History to create new resources for local history.
History of Rainham - an archive of historical information and photos about the history of Rainham, Kent and the surrounding areas
Hopping Down In Kent - a sister site of The Museum of Kent Life about hop farming.
Index of West Kent Wills up to 1650
Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, Kent - the school of family history. Courses and information, based in Canterbury.
Kent Adult Education
Kent Archaeological Field School
Kent Archaeological Society
Kent Archives Service The collections are divided between the three centres in Maidstone, Canterbury and Whitfield near Dover. You can either search through all the collections online or choose one specific office.
Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum

Kent Churches - John E. Vigar's Kent Churches

Kent Family Garden - an avenue of online public data sharing to those who do not otherwise have the facility or ability to post their own data. (Part of the Parish Clerks Online Website)
Kent Family History Society
Kent Genealogy
 

The Kent History Federation

 
Kent Online Parish Clerks
Kent Place Names from the 6 inch O.S. Maps of Kent (revised 1905/08) from Kent Archaeological Society Website
Kent Topographical Tradition (part of Kent Archaeological Society Website) - Transcriptions of important books (or portions of books) relating to the history and archaeology of Kent
Kent Will Transcripts (part of Rootsweb)
Loose Monument / Memorial Inscriptions from Kent Archaeological Society Website

Lynsted with Kingsdown Society

 

Maidstone - I remember it well

A site dedicated to people's memories of Maidstone during the fifties and sixties.

 
Medway Council Archives Service - Cityark
We preserve and make available for research the archives of the Medway area of Kent and also the parish records of north-west Kent. Our oldest records date from 604. Cityark consists of a searchable database of piece-level descriptions of the original historical archival documents in our custody, an imagebase of scanned images of our most popular records, interactive query tools and branch pages containing guidance.
Museum of Kent Life (Cobtree)
Pubs and Brewers of Kent - PIGOT'S NATIONAL & COMMERCIAL DIRECTORY 1832/33/34 (Part of Kent Genealogy Site)
 
Templeman Library - Special Collections (University of Kent, Canterbury - search catalogue)

Visitor Information Centres in Kent

Ashford, 18 The Churchyard, Ashford, TN23 1QG Website
Broadstairs, Dickens House Museum, 2 Victoria Parade, Broadstairs, CT10 1QS Website
Canterbury, 12-13 Sun Street, The Buttermarket, Canterbury, CT1 2HX Website
Deal, The Landmark Centre, 129 High Street, Deal, CT14 6BB Website
Dover, Old Town Gaol, Biggin St, Dover, CT16 1DL Website
Faversham, Fleur de Lis Centre, 13 Preston Street, Faversham, ME13 8NS Website
Folkestone, 20 Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, CT20 1QN Website
Gravesend, Towncentric, 18a St George's Square, Gravesend, DA11 0TB Website
Herne Bay, William Street, Herne Bay, CT6 5NX Website
Maidstone, Town Hall, Middle Row, High Street, Maidstone, ME14 1TF Website
Margate, 12-13 Teh Parade, Margate, CT9 1EY Website
New Romney, New Romney Station, New Romney, TN28 8PL Website
Ramsgate, 17 Albert Court, York Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9DN Website
Rochester, 95 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX Website
Royal Tunbridge Wells, The Old Fish Market, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TN Website
Sandwich, The Guildhall, Sandwich, CT13 9AH Website
Sevenoaks, Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks, TN13 1LQ Website  
Tenterden, 2 Manor Row, High Street, Tenterden, TN30 6HP Website
Tonbridge, Castle Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1BG Website
Whitstable, 57 Harbour Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AQ Website

 


 


 

National Sites

 

1901 National Census Online (Free)
1911 National Census Online (Free search facility but need to purchase credits to view transcriptions and original images). KCC libraries sell vouchers to access Find My Past if you don't want to pay online, which are also valid on the 1911 Census website.
Ancestry.co.uk provide lots of useful resources to help you to research your family tree. BMD indexes, Census Returns, Military Records and lots more. You can also build your family tree online and share it with others. Most of these services are available by subscription only. There is a library edition that is free to access from your local KCC library and allows limited facilites to be used free of charge on the Ancestry.co.uk website.
British History Online pilot digital library of historical sources. Browse the resources by subject, source and time period.
Church Plans Online
Cyndi's List An extensive site listing useful online resources for the genealogist - although beware it's so big it's easy to get lost!!
England's Past For Everyone - a new venture by Victoria County History
English Heritage
Familysearch Free searchable access to millions of records, including the International Genealogical Index.
Find My Past Family History Website - BMD Indexes, Parish Records, Military Records, Migration Records etc. Many are pay-per-view. KCC libraries sell vouchers to access Find My Past if you don't want to pay online, which are also valid on the 1911 Census website.
FreeBMD Free BMD provide many of the national birth, marriage and death registers online for free. They have a search engine which makes finding your ancestors a lot easier. It should be noted, however, that the registers are not complete so if you can't find your ancestor it may not mean their birth, marriage or death entry doesn't exist. There are also transcription discrepancies as each entry has been typed into the database - e.g. if you're searching for the surname Jeffrey you might find it spelt Jeffery, Jeffrey, Jeffreys, depending on how clear the original was. It might be worth using wildcard characters to search, e.g. Jeff*.
FreeReg
Free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records, that have been transcribed from parish and non-conformist registers of the U.K. Not yet complete.

Gazetteer of British Place Names

Geograph British Isles geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland.

Google Earth View satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky.
Historical Directories - digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919
Institute of Conservation - Advice on the conservation of documents and artefacts.
Care and conservation of...
- Archaeological materials
- Architectural ironwork
- Books and family bibles
- Carpets and rugs
- Carved stone
- Ceramic and glass
- Clocks
- Costume and textiles
- Decorative schemes and surfaces
- Ethnographic objects
- Family documents and archives
- Fashion accessories
- Frames and gilding
- Furniture
- Jewellery
- Oil paintings
- Photographic materials
- Plastic materials
- Prints, drawing and watercolours
- Silver and plate
- Stained glass
- Care and preservation of removable digital and electronic media
- Guidelines for the mounting and framing of works of art on paper
Learn Medieval Latin - (part of The National Archives Site) A 12-part tutorial course with sample documents to try out. There is also an advanced course.
Learn Palaeography - (part of The National Archives Site) Learn to read old handwriting with sample documents.

Mary Evans Picture Library

Mersea Museum - List of Thames Sailing Barges

MOCO - Mass Observation Communties Online - Mass Observation has been recording everyday life in the UK since 1937 through diaries, questionnaires and observations.

Museum of London Archaeology
National Archives
Old Maps (ordnance survey maps of the UK from mid-1800s)
Oral History Society
Oxford Art Online A wide range of search options, and extensive links to images from galleries and museums around the world. Free of charge if you belong to Kent Libraries and enter your Library Card Number. Searchable by name, date, location and many other search criteria.
Extract
" By 1600 coloured wallpapers were being produced, and a paper of about that date (destr.) from Borden Hall, Sittingbourne, Kent, was printed in black on a red ground, with jade green and turquoise foliage and flowers. Although papers were usually pasted to walls, this example had been nailed to the plaster with large flat-headed nails."
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography The biographies of many famous, and not so famous, people are available here. Free of charge if you belong to Kent Libraries and enter your Library Card Number. Searchable by name, date, location and many other search criteria.
Oxford Music Online This invaluable research tool brings together 50,000 articles on all aspects of music, sophisticated search and browse capabilities, Sibelius-enabled musical examples, and extensive links to musical sites on the Internet. Free of charge if you belong to Kent Libraries and enter your Library Card Number. Searchable by name, date, location and many other search criteria.
Extract
" By 1600 coloured wallpapers were being produced, and a paper of about that date (destr.) from Borden Hall, Sittingbourne, Kent, was printed in black on a red ground, with jade green and turquoise foliage and flowers. Although papers were usually pasted to walls, this example had been nailed to the plaster with large flat-headed nails."
Oxford Reference Library Oxford English Language and Reference Dictionaries, Bilingual Dictionaries, Quotations, Maps and Illustrations, Timelines, Encyclopedia. Free to access if you enter your Kent Library Card Number.
Palaeography Online Tutorial (part of National Archives Site) - Reading Old Handwriting
Pastscape search nearly 400,000 records held in the national historic environment database.
Past Thinking - Past Thinking is a blog about where the past meets the future, covering archaeology, history, computing, and where they all meet. Well worth a look.
RootsChat - A forum for people researching genealogy. Free to join and post messages on.
Spacejock Software Free book cataloguing software
Tyne and Wear Museum and Archives
Victoria County History
Viewfinder Historic Photographs Held by the National Monuments Record.
Wessex Archaeology