Bishops' and archdeacons' transcripts
Bishops' and archdeacons' transcripts are copies of baptisms, marriages and burials entries in parish registers. They are useful because although they're meant to be exact copies, they sometimes contain entries and valuable details which were left out from the original registers.
They were stored centrally at either Canterbury or Rochester diocese rather than at each church so are often in better condition than parish registers.
Read our guide to archdeacons' and bishops' transcripts (PDF, 426.3 KB) to find out more about the transcripts we hold.
We hold original and microfilm transcripts for most of present day Kent at the Kent History and Library Centre. Some transcripts are held at Lambeth Palace Library.