Wednesday 11 July 2012

FindmyPast launches Canterbury Collection

FindmyPast ( has launched a new set of records, the Canterbury Collection, which includes images of Church of England parish baptisms, marriages, banns and burials for churches in the Archdeaconry of Canterbury from 1538-2005. Unlike previous collections this set is not yet keyword searchable, but instead available in a browse format, with indexes to come in due course. From the site:

You can browse the images by parish, event and year range. When you select a parish from the drop-down list on the search page, you'll see the type of event (baptism, marriage, bann or burial) for each parish, as well as the dates that the records cover.

This is different to our usual search facility – we're working on an enhanced records search, which will be available in the autumn. We created the browse function because we wanted to make these images available to you as soon as possible as an interim measure.

The records have been digitised in association with Canterbury Cathedral Archives.

I only have one connection to Canterbury Cathedral - my second cousin once removed, David Macdonald Paton, was formerly a canon there. I'll need to take a wee browse and see if he pops up anywhere!


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