This section lists county associations of Kent, providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.
Folkestone and District FHS:
Mrs Janet Powell
Folkestone and District Genealogical Society, established in 1976, promotes and encourages the study of genealogy. They offer help to members who have ancestors from the area, but also offers help to those who have ancestors from other places.
You do not have to be an experienced genealogist in order to join the association.
For further details of parishes covered by the Society, please visit their site.
Many of the Society's books are in a locked cupboard in Cheriton Library, and these can be brought to a meeting if the member is unable to get there. If you wish to borrow one of their books, you are asked to sign the book in the cupboard. Topics covered by the books include:
Some publications are sold by the Society, which incorporate:
Other publications are available for sale, which incorporate:
Defence of the Realm Indexes sold by the Society include:
Kent Family History Society
Mr David Wood
32 Laburnham Lane
The Society was founded in 1974 and has a membership of approximately 3200 Worldwide. One of their aims is to help members research their genealogy.
They hold meetings in Ashford, Canterbury, Deal, Maidstone, Medway (Strood) and Thanet (Birchington). The association has a branch in New Zealand and also has an on-line 'Global Branch'.
A map showing the location of parishes in the area covered by the Society is available on the site.
Numerous publications are available for sale:
Nr Nerne Bay
Many archives are available, which include:
You are asked to make an appointment before visiting the Library.
North West Kent FHS:
Ms Stella Eames
12 Spring Gardens
Founded in 1978, the North West Kent Family History Society aids and encourages the study of genealogy, specifically in the areas of South East London and North West Kent. It currently has around 1200 members.
Some databases are accessible, which include:
Many archives are accessible in their Resource Centre, which include:
These resources do not just cover the county of Kent, but all across the United Kingdom, including Wales and Scotland, and further afield, such as Australia.
Some publications are available for sale, which include:
A list of surnames currently being researched by members is also available.
The Society has also taken over the area once covered by Tunbridge Wells Family History Society, which closed in 2016.
Woolwich and District FHS:
121 Crofton Road
The parishes of Greenwich, Woolwich, Charlton, Plumstead, Eltham, Welling, Bexleyheath and Crayford are covered by Woolwich and District Genealogical Society.