Thursday, 29 June 2017

Medway, Kent, Methodist records join Ancestry

Ancestry ( has a new collection that may be of interest if you had Methodist ancestry in Kent, England. The new Medway, Kent, England, Methodist Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1798-1932 collection has been sourced from Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, Chatham, Kent, England.

Here's the on-site blurb:

About Medway, Kent, England, Methodist Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1798-1932

Historical Backgrounds

British Methodist congregations separated from the Church of England shortly after the death of early proponent, John Wesley in 1791. The various streams of Methodism were brought together in 1932, to form one main Church. Methodists are linked together in a 'Connexion' of churches, circuits and districts.The local church is the congregational place of worship. A circuit is a group of local churches, served by a team of local preachers and ministers including the superintendent minister.The district serves a geographical group of circuits and is led by the district chair.

This Collection

Baptisms typically include (where available) the name of the child, parents’ names, baptism date, occupation of father, and by whom baptised. In some cases the birth date is noted as well. In some registers of children baptised, you may find family groups being baptised together. An infant baptism can be a clue that a member had been in the congregation for all of his or her life, whereas christenings done later in life could indicate the family had more recently joined the congregation.

Marriage records include the marriage date, the couple’s names, residences, and their father's names. Ages are often recorded as well.

Burial records typically included the name of the deceased, date of death and age.

The collection can be accessed at


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