Links

The Kent History and Library Centre at Maidstone holds records on Leigh. There are subscription websites such as Ancestry and FindmyPast which hold 1841-1911 census information, civil registration indexes, wills indexes, military records, directories and much more, as well as the free websites such as Family Search and FreeBMD. These are but a few: there are many more online resources available to the researcher. In addition, you can join your local Family History Society, details of which can be found at the Federation of Family History Societies website. Civil Registration certificates can be obtained via the FindMyPast website above. Other useful Archives are the Society of Genealogists and the National Archives at Kew.

There are reference libraries at Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells. These have extensive material on Leigh and the surrounding areas and hold local newspapers, directories, books on local history, plus access to computers and microfiche readers.

Here’s History Kent
A site created by Kent County Council to display documents, maps, photographs etc relating to Kentish history

Tonbridge Historical Society
The main feature is a large number of pre 1950 photographs of Tonbridge and the surrounding area.

1871 Ordnance Survey Maps
This site will take OS co-ordinates or place names and will show the 1871 OS map of the area.

Domesday Book

English Heritage
includes their National Monument Record Centre and their online pictire library

Local History Online
one of the UK’s premier sites for local history, with nearly 1,000 links to sites both in the UK and overseas, regularly updated News and Calendar sections, directories of local history organisations and
course providers and an on-line Bookshop, with stock at discounted prices

Federation of Family History Societies

Historical Directories

Institute of Historical Research

Kent Archaeological Society
Contains old photos, memorial inscriptions from Kent churcyards, wills, contents and index pages (and some articles) from Arcaheologia Cantiana, on-line catalogues of their library and archives etc

Kent Photo Archive
Has several other photos of Leigh and parish.

Kent Archives and Local History Service online catalogue

Medway index to local newspapers

Museum of Kent Life

Ancestry
Subscription website with vast collections for UK as well as international

Family Search
The website of the Church of the Latter Day Saints/Mormons. Vast amounts of records for the family historian. Free website.

Find my Past
Subscription website: for civil registration Certificates; plus censuses, military and other Sources

FreeBMD
A free search website of the Civil Registration indexes. Certificates still need to be obtained via the Find My Past website

Hildenborough Parish Council
Adjoining parish, part of which consisted of Leigh Hollanden

Hildenborough History Society
Local history society for the parish of Hildenborough

The National Archives
Based at Kew, also has a search facility for its catalogue to its extensive collection of national data

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