Southborough Genealogical Records

Southborough Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Kent Bishop's Transcripts (1560-1911)

Browsable images of summaries of registers of baptisms, marriages and burials.

Kent Parish Registers (1538-1911)

Browsable images of registers the recorded baptisms, marriages and burials in Kent. Names are not indexed.

FreeBMD Births (1837-1957)

An index to births registered at the central authority for England & Wales. The index provides the area where the birth was registered, mother's maiden name from September 1911 and a reference to order a birth certificate.

British Army Birth Index (1761-2005)

An index to births registered to British Army personal at home and abroad.

Southborough Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2005)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Canterbury Diocese Marriage Licences (1751-1837)

Abstracts of marriages licences granted by the Diocese of Canterbury. These records can contain more details than marriage records, including details such as age, occupation, residence and names of parents or guardians.

Vicar General’s Office Marriage Licences (1600-1679)

Abstracts of marriage licences granted by the Vicar-General in London. These licences could be used to marry in any church in the Province of Canterbury.

Kent Bishop's Transcripts (1560-1911)

Browsable images of summaries of registers of baptisms, marriages and burials.

Kent Parish Registers (1538-1911)

Browsable images of registers the recorded baptisms, marriages and burials in Kent. Names are not indexed.

Southborough Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Kent Bishop's Transcripts (1560-1911)

Browsable images of summaries of registers of baptisms, marriages and burials.

Kent Parish Registers (1538-1911)

Browsable images of registers the recorded baptisms, marriages and burials in Kent. Names are not indexed.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

FreeBMD Deaths (1837-1964)

An index to deaths registered at the central authority for England and Wales. To 1866, only the locality the death was registered in was listed. Age was listed until 1969, when the deceased's date of birth was listed. Provides a reference to order a death certificate, which has further details.

Southborough Church Records

Kent Church Photographs (1851-Present)

Photographs of parish churches in Hampshire, with architectural details and extracts from the 1851 ecclesiastical census.

Kent Bishop's Transcripts (1560-1911)

Browsable images of summaries of registers of baptisms, marriages and burials.

Kent Parish Registers (1538-1911)

Browsable images of registers the recorded baptisms, marriages and burials in Kent. Names are not indexed.

Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury (1663-1859)

An index to names and places mentioned in act books of the Province of Canterbury. It records various licences and conferments, such as marriage and physician licences.

British Church Albums (1990-Present)

Photographs of churches of all denominations throughout England and part of Wales.

Southborough Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Kent Hearth Tax (1664)

A transcription of records naming those who had taxes levied against them for the privilege of owning a hearth.

Kent Register of Electors (1570-1907)

Browsable images of Kent electoral rolls poll books, which list those eligible to vote as well as lists of freemen, apprentices, burgess records and militia musters.

1901 British Census (1901)

The 1901 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1891 British Census (1891)

The 1891 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Southborough Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Diocese of Rochester Wills and Probate (1662-1784)

Browsable images of inventories. Also includes freeman papers for Queenborough.

Archdeaconry of Rochester Wills and Probate (1635-1857)

Browsable images of administrations, inventories and wills.

Diocese of Canterbury Wills and Probate (1559-1858)

Browsable images of account papers, administration bonds, affidavits, depositions, interrogations, visitations, caveats, guardian registers, inventories, renunciation papers, testamentary bonds and wills.

West Kent Probate & Admon Index (1750-1858)

A searchable index to probates and administrations in the courts of The Archdeaconry of Rochester, The Consistory of Rochester, The Archbishop's Peculiar of the Deanery of Shoreham and The Peculiar of the Rector of Cliffe.

Newspapers Covering Southborough

Kent & Sussex Courier (1873-1939)

A conservative-oriented newspaper reporting on local news, births, marriages and deaths in the two counties.

Kentish Chronicle (1859-1867)

A regional paper including news from the Kent area, legal & governmental proceedings, family announcements, business notices, advertisements and more.

Maidstone Telegraph (1859-1871)

The county paper of Kent, containing news by locale, adverts and family announcements.

Kentish Gazette (1768-1883)

A regional paper including news from the Kent area, legal & governmental proceedings, family announcements, business notices, advertisements and more.

West Kent Guardian (1834-1856)

A regional newspaper including news from the Kent district, business notices, family announcements, legal & governmental proceedings, advertisements and more.

Southborough Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Southborough Cemeteries

Kent Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Kent's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

Maritime Memorials (1588-1950)

Several thousand transcribe memorials of those connected with the nautical occupations.

Rail & Canal Photographs Catalog (1880-1970)

A searchable database of photographs relating to railways and canals in Britain.

Southborough Directories & Gazetteers

Tunbridge Wells, Southborough & Tonbridge Directory (1914)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Pike's Weald of Kent & Romney Marsh Directory (1884-1885)

A gazetteer and directory of part of Kent.

Kelly's Directory of Kent (1938)

A directory of settlements in Kent detailing their history, agriculture, topography, economy and leading commercial, professional and private residents.

Kelly's Directory of Kent (1938)

An exhaustive gazetteer, containing details of settlement's history, governance, churches, postal services, public institutions and more. Also contains lists of residents with their occupation and address.

Kelly's Directory of Kent (1934)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kentish Prison Hulk Registers (1818-1831)

Registers recording details of 17,644 prisoners held in ships stationed in Kent. Records describe a convict's name, age, place of birth, physical description, offence, conviction, sentence, discharge and conduct report.

Kentish Prison Hulk Registers (1818-1843)

Registers recording details of around 9,000 prisoners held in ships stationed in Kent. Records describe a convict's name, age, place of birth, physical description, offence, conviction, sentence, discharge and conduct report.

Kent Workhouse Records (1777-1911)

Over 70,000 browsable pages detailing the administration of poor law unions in Kent. Records contain details on births, marriages & deaths; punishments; admissions and discharges and more.

Kent Quarter Sessions & Court Files (1558-1899)

Legal records covering a variety of issues from land to bastardy.

Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury (1663-1859)

An index to names and places mentioned in act books of the Province of Canterbury. It records various licences and conferments, such as marriage and physician licences.

Southborough Taxation Records

Kent Hearth Tax (1664)

A transcription of records naming those who had taxes levied against them for the privilege of owning a hearth.

Kent Land Tax Assessments (1689-1832)

Browsable images of registers that record owners and occupiers of land. Useful for tracing succession of freehold and tenancies.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures (1710-1811)

An index linked to original images of registers recording apprenticeship indentures. Details are given on the trade and nature of apprenticeship. Many records list the parents of the apprentice.

Red Book of the Exchequer (1066-1230)

A compilation of records from the Court of the Exchequer primarily dealing with taxes and land. These records are in Latin.

Southborough Land & Property Records

Kent Land Tax Assessments (1689-1832)

Browsable images of registers that record owners and occupiers of land. Useful for tracing succession of freehold and tenancies.

Kent Register of Electors (1570-1907)

Browsable images of Kent electoral rolls poll books, which list those eligible to vote as well as lists of freemen, apprentices, burgess records and militia musters.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

UK Poll Books and Electoral Rolls (1538-1893)

Poll books record the names of voters and the direction of their vote. Until 1872 only landholders could vote, so not everyone will be listed. Useful for discerning an ancestor's political leanings and landholdings. The collection is supplemented with other records relating to the vote.

Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (1236-1291)

Abstracts of records detailing the estates and families of deceased tenants from the reigns of Henry III and Edward I.

Southborough Occupation & Business Records

Canterbury Teaching and Medical Licences (1568-1646)

A calendar to licences granted by Diocese of Canterbury to teachers, physicians and apothecaries.

Smuggling on the South East Coast (1675-1871)

An introduction to smuggling in on the east coast of England, with details of the act in various regions.

Smuggling on the East Coast (1600-1892)

An introduction to smuggling on the east coast of England, with details of the act in various regions.

Kent Pub Histories (1820-Present)

Histories of Kent pubs, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

South England Mines Index (1896)

Profiles of coal and metal mines in the south of England.

Southborough School & Education Records

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Dissenting Academy Database (1660-1860)

Histories of schools operated by non-conformist clergy.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Southborough

Victoria County History: Kent (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Pedigrees of Kent Families (1066-1840)

Hand-draw genealogical charts covering Kent's gentry. Includes descriptions of coats of arms.

Tyler's Kent Families (1500-1900)

A collection of pedigrees, family notes and historical extracts relating to Kent and its families.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Southborough Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Kent (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Pedigrees of Kent Families (1066-1840)

Hand-draw genealogical charts covering Kent's gentry. Includes descriptions of coats of arms.

Kent Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Kent's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Southborough Military Records

West Kent Queen's Own Yeomanry (1794-1909)

A general history of the yeomanry, including extracts from original records

Kent WWI Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War One monuments in Kent, with some service details.

Kent WWII Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War Two monuments in Kent, with some service details.

Prisoners of War of British Army (1939-1945)

A searchable list of over 100,000 British Army POWs. Records contains details on the captured, their military career and where they were held prisoner.

British Prisoners of World War II (1939-1945)

Details on around 165,000 men serving in the British Army, Navy and Air Force who were held as prisoners during WWII.

Southborough Immigration & Travel Records

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Migration from North America to Britain & Ireland (1858-1870)

A list of over 40,000 passengers traveling from North America to the British Isles. Details of passengers may include: occupation, nationality, gender, age, martial status, class, destination, and details of the vessel they sailed on.

Southborough Histories & Books

History & Topographical Survey of Kent (1189-1801)

A sprawling work containing a detailed history of the county and each parish.

Victoria County History: Kent (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Kent Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Kent.

Kent Church Photographs (1851-Present)

Photographs of parish churches in Hampshire, with architectural details and extracts from the 1851 ecclesiastical census.

The Account Book of a Kentish Estate (1616-1704)

Transcriptions of a rare collection of documents detailing the financial affairs of an estate in the County of Kent. Gives insights into both farming and estate management in the 17th century.

Biographical Directories Covering Southborough

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (1654-1930)

A directory containing lengthy biographies of noted British figures. The work took over two decades to compile. Biographies can be searched by name and are linked to images of the original publication.

Church of England Clergy Database (1500-1835)

A database of CoE clergy, giving details of their education of service. Contains references to source documents. Also contains profiles of various church institutions.

Southborough Maps

Maps of Kent (1522-1922)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

A Vision of Britain (1190-Present)

A sprawling website setting out and describing the historical divisions of Britain. Also contains countless maps of various sorts. Covers the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man & has fleeting details of other localities.

Speed's Maps of Britain (1612)

County and national maps covering the British Isles, extracted from John Speed's landmark work, Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain.

Maps of England (1360-1922)

Digital images of maps covering the country.

Southborough Reference Works

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

British Family Mottoes (1189-Present)

A dictionary of around 9,000 mottoes for British families who had right to bear arms.

Southborough Information

Ecclesiastical Juristiction:

  • Canterbury province
    • Canterbury diocese
      • Maidstone archdeaconry
        • Malling deanery
          • South Malling deanery

      Historical Description

      SOUTHBOROUGH is an increasing town and was formed into a civil parish, from Tonbridge, in 1894, under the provisions of the “Local Government Act, 1894,” it is on the line of road and railway between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, 2 ½ miles south from Tonbridge station on the South Eastern and Chatham railway, and the same distance north from Tunbridge Wells stations on the South Eastern and Chatham and London, Brighton and South Coast railways, and 33 from London, in the South Western division of the county, hundred, petty sessional division and union of Tonbridge, lathe of Aylesford, county court district of Tunbridge Wells, rural deanery of South Mailing and archdeaconry of Maidstone. It was governed by a Local Board of Health formed in 1871, until, under the “Local Government Act, 1894,” an Urban District Council of fifteen members was constituted. The district is divided into three wards.

      The town is lighted with gas from Tunbridge Wells, and supplied with water from works of the District Council, the supply being principally obtained from Bentham Hill, at the lower end of Southboro’ Common, but partly from Tonbridge. St. Peter’s is an ecclesiastical parish formed in 1831 from the civil parish of Tonbridge: the church is an edifice of brick and stone, and has a tower with spire containing a clock and 6 bells: there are several stained windows and 730 sittings, of which 380 are free. The register dates from the year 1830. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £390, with residence, in the gift of five trustees, and held since 1894 by the Rev. Thomas Graham M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge. Christ Church, a chapel of ease to St. Peter’s, and erected in 1871, is of stone, in the Early English style and has 600 sittings, 300 being free. The parsonage was built in memory of the late Mrs. Carr.

      St. Thomas’ is an ecclesiastical parish, formed November 7Th 1871, out of the parish of St. Peter’s: the church, in Pennington road, erected, with vicarage house, at the sole cost of the late Mrs. Pugh, and consecrated in 1860, is of stone, in the Early English style, and has a turret Containing 2 bells: there are several stained windows, and 300 sittings, 100 being free. The register dates from the year 1860. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £245, with residence, in the gift of Mrs. Pughs trustees, and held since 1899 by the Rev. Charles Stuart Parker Darroch M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge. There is a Wesleyan chapel erected in 1870. A Burial Board of 15 members was formed in 1880. The Parochial Hall, built in 1881, will hold 350 persons. The Royal Victoria Hall and Theatre, opened 17 Jan. 1900, is the first municipal theatre built in England, under the “Local Government Act, 1894,” and was erected to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria. The stage is 40 feet wide and 25 feet deep; the hall is 55 feet long with a gallery; there is also a large lobby with bar, kitchens under the stage and entrance hall with ticket office &c. A complete set of scenery may be hired. The cost amounted to £5,000, of which Sir David L. Salomons bart. gave £3,000. Mr. Philip Hanmer is the manager, to whom all applications for hire should be addressed. Southbotough Urban District isolation Hospital was built in 1895 at a cost of £4,500 for 14 patients. David Osborne esq. of Southbotough, in October, 1847, bequeathed £628 (since invested in the £3 ¼ Per Cent. Annuities), the interest, now amounting to £20 yearly, to be given away on St. Thomas’ day to poor inhabitants of Southbotough. About half a mile from the Hand and Sceptre hotel are chalybeate springs, the mineral properties of which are similar to those of Tunbridge Wells. Bentham Hill is the seat of Mrs. Pott; at Broom Hill, the seat of Sir David Lionel Goldsmid Stern-Salomons bart. J.P. is a tower, intended for meteorological observations, and affording from its summit an extensive view of the country round; here also are extensive laboratories and workshops for scientific investigations. Great Boundes, covering about 100 acres, is the seat of Mrs. Harland. The manorial rights are divided between the trustees of the late Robert Pott esq. and John Francis William Deacon esq. of Putney Heath London S.W. The principal landowners are O. E. d'Avigdor-Goldsmid esq. of Somerhill Park. Sir David Lionel Goldsmid Stern-Salomons bart. of Broom Hill, Henry Joseph Wood esq. of Bidborough Court, the trustees of the late Robert Pott esq. John F. W. Deacon esq. and the Messrs. Hopwood. The area of the parish and Urban District is 1,697 acres of land and 5 of water; rateable value, £33,253; the population in 1901 was 6,977.

      The population of the wards in 1901 was, East, 2,174; North 1,935; West, 2,868.

      The population of the ecclesiastical parishes in 1901 was, St. Peter, 4,224; St. Thomas, 691; St. Matthew, High Brooms, 3,057.

      SCHOOLS

      Holme Endowed (for girls), founded in the year 1785 by the Rev. Edward Holme, formerly vicar of Birling, & reconstituted 1889 under a scheme, which is now (1902) undergoing revision, prepared by the Educational Commissioners; it is now a girls’ grammar school, receiving 10 Foundation scholars, on payment of certain fees laid down in the scheme; 6 girls of Tonbridge (including Southborough), 3 of Bidborough & 1 of Speldhurst are entitled to education at this school after having passed an elementary examination in the 5th (or any higher) standard & being recommended by a governor; other girls are admitted at fees varying from 40s. to 60s. yearly. The school has an annual endowment of £90, with mistress’s residence & grounds.

      A school board of 7 members was formed 7 Nov. 1901, for the parish of Southbotough; John Thomas Freer, of Childersleigh, The Common, clerk to the board.

      A new school is to be built in Powder Mill lane, High Brooms, for 250 boys & 200 infants.

      National (boys & girls), The Common, built in 1852, for 550 children & enlarged for 222 boys & 219 girls; average attendance, 215 boys & 230 girls & infants.

      Infant (Brightridge), built in 1864, for 264 children; average attendance, 180.

      National (boys, girls & infants), High Brooms, built in 1889, for 380 children; average attendance, 390.

      Kelly's Directory of Kent (1903)