This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 80,000 parish baptism and burial records from the English counties of Kent and Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire Records

Over 8,000 new records have been added to our collection of Cambridgeshire parish records. The new additions consist of over 2,000 transcripts of Baptisms and over 6,000 transcripts of Burials from the parish of Waterbeach in the hundred of Northstow.

Waterbeach is located on the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens and covers an area of roughly 9 square miles. The village of Waterbeach appeares in the Domesday Book as Utbech and there is evidence of human settlement in the area dating back to the Roman era.

The parish is home to two ancient Abbeys; Denny Abbey and Waterbech Abbey. Denny Abbey was erected in 1160 by the Chamberlain to the Duke of Bretagne and was taken over by the Order of the Knights Temeplar in the 12th century. The Templars established a Preceptory at the Abbey used the site a hospital for sick Knights. Waterbech Abbey was established in 1294 by French nuns from the Second Order of St Francis. Each record contains a transcript of the original parish record.

Kent Records

Over 72,000 new records have been added to our collection of Kent parish records. The new additions consist of over 42,000 transcripts of baptisms and over 30,000 transcripts of burials.

The latest additions to  Kent Baptisms come from the parishes of Birling, Halling, Kemsing, Lower Birling, Ryarsh, Snodland, Paddlesworth, Newchurch, Lower Halstow, Brenchley and Ebony. Kent Baptisms now contains over 540,000 records from over 109 parishes and spans 450 years of the county’s history. Each record includes a transcript taken from the original parish registers. Baptism records are a particularly valuable resource as many include details relating to the parents of the individual being baptised as well as the date and location of their baptism.

The latest additions to Kent Burials come from the parishes of Birling, Halling, Kemsing, Lower Birling, Ryarsh, Snodland, Stowting, Otterden, Newchurch, Ebony and Brenchley. Kent Burials now contains over 385,000 records from over 102 parishes and spans over 460 years of the county’s history. Each record includes a transcript taken from the original parish registers.

 

Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.