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Each year a number enquiries are received in the Tourism Section asking for help with researching family history across Swale. Useful contact information.

Discover your past and connections with Faversham, Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey

Each year a number enquiries are received in the Tourism Section asking for help with researching family history. Although we are not able to do this on your behalf, a list of contacts has been compiled to give you a starting point in tracing your family tree in the Swale area.

Parish Records and the Census Returns

Are held at Sittingbourne Library (Reference Section), Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4AH.

Phone: 01795 476545

Swale Centre for Kentish Study, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ.

Phone: 01622 694363 (for enquiries on the whole of Kent area)

Birth / Marriage / Death Certificates

Are held at Canterbury and Swale Registration Office, Wellington House, St Stephen's Road, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7RD.

Telephone: 01227 470480

You must ring for an appointment to view records.

Useful Contacts and Web Sites



Contact Details

Sittingbourne Family History Society

Mr K.F. Lainton, Algarve House, 140 Borden Lane, SITTINGBOURNE, Kent ME9 8HW


Faversham Society

Fleur De Lis Heritage Centre, 13 Preston Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 8NS

Website: Faversham Society
Tel: +44 (0) 1795 534542

Queenborough Society

Mrs L Vine, 8 North Road, Queenborough, Kent ME11 5EZ


Sheerness Society

Mr B R Sinclair, 49 Alexandra Road, Sheerness, Kent ME12 2AS

Tel: +44 (0) 1795 665285

Sheppey Local History Society

Lena Crowder 01795 875111 or Ken Ingleton 01795 873709


Sittingbourne Society

11 Farm Crescent, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4QD

Tel: +44 (0) 1795 423288

Kent Family History Society

Mrs J Horwood, Westgate House, Dickley Wood, Ashford Road, Maidstone, Kent ME17 1BL 

College of Arms

Keeps all the English Herald records for the Commonwealth and Canada

Tel: +44 (0) 171 248 2762

Association of Genealogists and Record Agents

Secretary Mrs D Young, 29 Badgers Close, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 5RU


Family Tree Magazine


Tel: +44 (0) 1487 711361
Website: Family Tree Magazine

The National Archives

The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, TW9 4DU

Federation of Family History Societies

Administrator Mrs P Saul, c/o The Benson Room, Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS

Website: Federation of Family History Societies

Society of Genealogists

The Library, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA

Tel: Library +44 (0) 20 7250 0291
Membership +44 (0) 20 7251 8799
Website: Society of Genealogists

British Isles Family History Service Centre (The Mormons)

185 Penns Lane, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, B76 1JU


General Register Office for Northern Ireland

Oxford House, 49-55 Chichester Street, Belfast, BT1 4HL

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9025 2021
Website: General Register Office for Northern Ireland

National Records Office of Scotland

HM General Register House
2 Princes Street


Public Records Office

Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8876 3444

Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (SCRAN)

Abden House, 1 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 5HW

Tel: +44 (0) 131 662 1211
Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network


The Internets oldest genealogy site

Website: Rootsweb

Cyndi's List

41,850 links, categorised and cross-referenced.

Website: Cyndi's List


Surname Listings

Website: GenUKi

Genealogical Society of Utah

751 Warwick Road, Solihull, Birmingham, B91 3DQ


The Mormons' International Genealogical Index


Website: The Mormons' International Genealogical Index

The WorldGenWeb



Website: The WorldGenWeb Project

Best Ancestry DNA Tests 




The website provides In-depth and impartial reviews of leading DNA test kits, user-generated reviews of every DNA test kit we tested and detailed kit comparisons to name a few.


There are several options when it comes to learning about your DNA, KnowYourDNA is another source for finding all things related to DNA 


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