Society Research Service

The Society offers to members and non-members a genealogical Research Service. This replaces the limited and piecemeal collection of look-up services that were in place until 2010. Those services continue to be offered and remain substantially the same, but there is now a single point of contact, our Research Co-ordinator Stella Baggaley.

The various services we offer are described in the sections below. To take advantage of any of these, please send the relevant form and/or request (clearly indicating which service you require) to:

Mrs Stella Baggaley, Research Co-ordinator, NWKFHS, Saddlers House, High Street, Farningham, DA4 0DT, or email the:

Library Based Research

Society volunteers are available to carry out research for members and non-members at a cost of £5.00 per hour. This service uses parish registers and other sources at the Society Library covering the north west Kent area. We cannot guarantee a result but we will do our best to answer your enquiry. Please print and complete the Research Request form and post or e-mail to the address below. You will need to give the name of the person you wish researched, date of birth/baptism/marriage (estimated if not sure) and at least an estimated year of birth/marriage and any other details you may have (We will carry out a five year search).

We will give you an estimate of the cost and request payment before any research is carried out. Alternatively you can send a payment of £5.00 or £10.00 (in Sterling), with your request and we will carry out one or two hours research. If longer is required we will inform you. We will also let you know if it is felt that further research would be of benefit. Results of the research can be sent either by post or as an email attachment.

We're not able to carry out blanket searches of a surname.

The cost of £5.00 per hour is non-refundable. Researchers are only available one day a week so please be patient and allow four weeks before a reply.

To see what sources volunteers will have access to, you can view or download the Library Catalogue by clicking here (August 2009 update).

Document Ordering Service

For members only. This was formerly known as the 'Courier Service' but ordering now takes place on-line. Also operated by Stella Baggaley, who can supply the following:

ServiceInformation RequiredFee
GRO certificatesFull GRO ref if possible or date within 5 years£11.00 each
Copies of all Census returnsFull name and age only£3.00 each
PCC Wills and AdministrationsFull name and approx date of death£5.50 each
Post 1858 Wills and AdministrationsFull name and approx date of death£7.00 each

The fees include a £2 donation to the Society, please apply to the Research Coordinator above. Overseas Members please note an extra £2.00 plus a SAE is required. Payment must be in Sterling.

Inhabitants of North West Kent Index

This is a collection of indexes, transcripts and lists generated by the Society and other individuals over the years.

The collection of indexes is maintained by Society volunteer Linda Meaden, who can search for a specific surname (one only please). Please send an A4 SAE or 2 IRCs (no search will be made unless provided) to the Research Coordinator at the address above. There is no charge, but a donation to the Society would be appreciated.

In addition other resources, including Wrotham and Northfleet 1851 census indexes can be searched. There is a charge of £2.00 per enquiry, payable in advance, plus an A4 SAE.