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Family Research & History

The Faversham Society will be pleased to help you with your family history enquiries, if they relate to the local area as described in the following paragraphs.

Life Story Bank

The Museum has developed a new workstation for visitors called The Life Story Bank. The computer hosts a specially developed digital database to store and retrieve information about people who lived and worked in Faversham. There is also data on those who worked in Faversham's important explosives industry and online access to family history website to help with extra research. The project is ongoing and, as more data is entered by our volunteers, the more useful it will be to people researching their family history and the history of Faversham. Visitors to the Museum and Faversham Society members can use this service during museum opening hours. There will be a charge for printing.

We do not hold copies of registers of Census returns, but we do have a very large collection of references from various sources, from the 16th century onwards. Our information covers Faversham and the parishes of Baddlesmere, Boughton-under-Blean, The Brents, Buckland-by-Faversham, Davington, Doddington, Dunkirk, Eastling, Goodnestone-next-Faversham, Graveney, Hernhill, Leaveland, Luddenham, Lynsted, Newnham, Norton, Oare, Ospringe, Otterden, Preston-next-Faversham, Selling, Sheldwich, Stalisfield, Stone-by-Faversham, Teynham, Throwley and Wychling.

In our collections and Archives we may have information which relates to your family. If you wish to ask about this please visit our Local History Research page.

We do not hold copies of registers or Census returns, but we do have a very large collection of references from various sources, from the 16th century onwards. If you give us the information you already have, we will do our best. You should present this in the form of a family tree, however brief and/or incomplete. Make sure this includes all known dates and places of birth or baptism, marriage, and death or burial.

In the event that we cannot help you, we will keep your enquiry on our books so that any relevant information emerging at a later date can be passed on. For this reason (and in case you change your e-mail address) make sure you let us have your postal address and phone numbers.

Download the Family History Enquiry Guidelines and send a cheque or international money order for £10 made to The Faversham Society, and posted to Family History Enquiries, The Faversham Society, 10-13 Preston St, Faversham, Kent ME13 8NS. You may also pay by credit card (not Diners or AmEx). Send your card details by post - not email - giving your name (exactly as on the card), card issuer, number, start and expiry dates, and security number.

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