Sources of Information on Dover*


BURIALS IN DOVER: Dover Cemetery Department are very helpful, their records are all indexed. They also hold copies of some Dover churchyard memorial listings.
Their e-mail address is on the following website:
They can find burials in Dover (several cemeteries) relating to any families.
Cowgate Cemetery (St Marys parish:)see
Dover Reference library have transcript of Cowgate cemetery memorials lists.
THE EAST KENT PEOPLE INDEX: (Hollingsbee Collection) published on KFHS CD ROMs 26 and 27 (see item below: This large index gives many lists of mixed references for surnames, in East Kent including: Dover Telegraph items Nov 1833, to end 1838; Dover area refs from Dover Telegraph 1846/1847; Kentish Gazette items for E.Kent 1808, and 1790, and other years. (newspaper references include such things as: court cases, births, marriages, deaths, smuggling, emigrants, transportations, ballooning, railways, Army, cricket, entertainment, cholera, earthquakes, gambling, weather, elections, executions, flower shows, etc.) Also included are: First World War PHOTOS of “Dover” servicemen featured in the Dover Express for 1914-1918. Some references from: Dover and Eythorne Baptist Churches; Settlement Certificates; some Census; Poll Book entries (owners AND occupiers of property, E.Kent area); E.Kent marriages; banns; Memorial Inscriptions; Strays (Kent born people) from various places outside of Kent; Indictments (Eliz.I), and unusual or special items found. Area & Dates Covered in the index: Probably about 25% of the index covers the area “around Dover”. The rest is from East Kent (ie Canterbury diocese) generally, a few from other parts of Kent. Large part of the index is from 19th century, other refs include much earlier periods. Name-variants cross indexed.

KENT FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY: If you are not a member of the Kent Family History Society,
it may be useful to you to join and you may find others researching the same family. See their website:
Kent FHS have CD ROMs of Kent Records available, details on their website: Overseas Members may make payment to the KFHS Agents in local currency. The details and the addresses of Overseas Agents can be obtained from here:

Dover newspapers on film at Dover Reference Library, Dover Discovery Centre, Market Square, Dover, Kent, CT16 1PH (enclose sae for reply), telephone (01304) 204241 or: Newspapers there (on film) (not indexed), include: Dover Express (started 1858), Dover Telegraph (started Nov 1833), Cinque Ports Herald for 1825-26,
a few other Dover papers (late 1800s, early 1900s), ie. Dover Chronicle, Dover Standard, Dover Times, Dover Observer, etc. Some of these papers include: Dover Chronicle 30 May 1840-Dec 1841, Dover Standard: 1901, 1910, 1914, 1919, 1925, 1927, 1930, part 1931; Dover Standard Kentish Advertiser & Colliery News for 1914 to 1919;
Dover Times 1905 to 1907, 1911 to 1914, Dover Observer 1896, 1898, 1899, 1902. When sending an enquiry, give as much detail as possible, certainly the date if you wish to find an event. If something is found in the newspapers, Dover Reference Library could no doubt supply a photocopy for a small charge (some newspapers have been indexed,
see The East Kent People Index, above and Maureen Rawson website, below)
Kentish Gazette newspapers are on film at Canterbury reference library, The Beaney Institute, 18 High Street Canterbury CT1 2JF, telephone (01227) 463608.
Dover and Canterbury libraries can usually supply photocopies from their films.
Newspapers can also be consulted at the British Library of Newspapers:
(web-site: E-mail:
Many Dover Corporation and Borough records (originals are at E.Kent Archives
at Whitfield or Maidstone County Archives), are on film at Dover Reference Library, and include:
Newspapers (see above item “Newspapers)
Dover Freemen: Roll (from c.1600), (index only from 1664)
Dover Apprentice Enrolments: Some (not all) are on film, records date from c.1590 to c.1890,
Census 1841-1901 (for Dover District Council area), etc.
Other Dover records at the library include lists of memorials including those formerly in old St James chuchyard, and
old St Martins churchyard, before these burial grounds were cleared. Also list of memorials in both St Marys churchyard
and St Marys church interior. There are many other sources for information at Dover Reference Library including transcripts, maps, poll books, directories, photographs, transcript (with index) of St Marys parish registers up to c.1840, etc.
are at Canterbury Cathedral Archives, The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EH
Telephone (01227) 865330, web:
E-mail: Canterbury Cathedral Archives – newsletters:
EYTHORNE BAPTIST CHURCH – Chapel Hill, Eythorne, Dover, CT15 4AY
I am told most of the records are still at Eythorne but some of the earliest books are “missing”.
The Births Books were deposited at the Public Record Office.
Most of the records, including Births Books are transcribed and on KFHS microfiche.
Telephone: (01304) 830595 Website:
DOVER BAPTIST – (now Unitarian) CHURCH, Adrian Street, Dover, Kent, CT17 9AT
Many of their old records have been transcribed and put onto fiche by Kent Family History Society.

Please ALWAYS enclose s.a.e. when sending an enquiry by post:
County Archives: Centre for Kentish Studies, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ
Telephone (01622) 694363, web: E-mail:
East Kent Archives Centre, Enterprise Zone, Honeywood Road, Whitfield, DOVER, Kent CT16 3EH
Telephone (01304) 829306 E-mail:
Dover Museum hold much information, including photographs:
Kent Libraries and Archives: for an online library catalogue and a range of other online library services :
Kent Memorial Inscriptions: thousands of monumental inscriptions are now available on the internet, thanks to the work of the Kent Archaeological Society (more than 16,000 pages of indexed inscriptions) including some more than 250 years old and many for graves that are now destroyed:
Society of Genealogists – Kent sources:
GenUKI: Kent Genealogy:
Dover area: Mrs Ruth Nicol of “Captain Jan”, 54 Granville Road, St Margaret’s Bay, DOVER, CT15 6DT has various indexes, including a “mariners’ index”, baptisms index (for small parishes), Census indexes, and is archivist for St Margaret’s at Cliffe History Soc. For initial inquiries please send an s.a.e. and details of what is sought.
More Dover information: Joyce Banks, at: –
E-mail: – Joyce has many indexes including fires, workhouse etc.
Marilyn Stephenson-Knight: (especially for Dovorian service and civilian World War casualties) website,
including contact details:
Dover Public Houses, Inns, Ale Houses: archives by Barry Smith, Paul Skelton, and Joe Harman:
www.Dover-Kent.Com this site now includes Deal, Walmer, Folkestone, Sandwich and some nearby villages.
Over 1000 pages. Links on this website:
Dover County/Grammar School (by Paul Skelton): –
History and photographs, over 1000 pages.
Dover web pages of Bill Beer:
e-mail: Bill has a lot of Dover information.
Maureen Rawson website: Kent genealogy including some Dover information:
History Research, and various indexes- Duncan Harrington-
Indexes include Wills (Archdeaconry and Consistory Court of Canterbury), Depositions, Probate Act Books, Kentish Gazette newspapers 1787-89- for details go to:
List of Researchers:
Folkestone and District Family History Society:
(this site has links to many other Kent history societies)
Western Heights Preservation Society: E-mail:
Web site:
Dover Castle:
White Cliffs Underground:
Shorncliffe Redoubt Preservation Society:
Alkham information: – Mrs Susan Lees
Eastry information: – Mr Doug Welby
Northbourne information: Andrew Parkinson: Website:
Full text of “The Annals of Dover” (one of several books on Dover history) by Dover Express owner John Bavington Jones c.early 1900s. ARCHIVE BOOK, long out of print.
(note that, as this has been digitally copied, there are some transcription errors):
———————————————————— December 2009 listed by Kathleen Hollingsbee