08 February 2012
Findmypast.co.uk has been awarded a contract by Canterbury Cathedral Archives to publish online for the very first time historic
Findmypast.co.uk has been awarded a contract by Canterbury Cathedral Archives to publish online for the very first time historic records from the archive. The first phase of the Canterbury Collection project will see a browsable version of the parish registers of the historic Archdeaconry of Canterbury go online at findmypast.co.uk.
An estimated 270,000 images containing more than a million entries will be published on the website, covering parish churches from a wide expanse of East Kent, including the city of Canterbury; the towns of Faversham, Wye and Elham; Thanet; and towns along the east Kent coast stretching from Whitstable in the north round to Hythe in the south.
The launch has been timed to coincide with the temporary closure of Canterbury Cathedral Archives for refurbishment, which will reopen in autumn 2012.
In the second phase, findmypast.co.uk will start to transcribe the records, with a view to creating an index and making them fully searchable on the website later this year.
Findmypast.co.uk has also added 16,696 new London Docklands baptism records, and occupational records of 99,140 Thames watermen and lightermen are now on findmypast.co.uk, covering 1688-2010. Further details of the records contained in this collection can be found at www.findmypast.co.uk/search/other-records/thames-watermen.