two peculiar courts of the Diocese of Rochester brings together
all the 6,300 or so entries into a single alphabetical sequence.
Each entry shows the name and surname of the testator or
intestatee, the parish of residence occupation and/or marital
status, the year and month of the grant, and the issuing court.
The index is preceded by a comprehensive and lucid account of
the material indexed (citing CKS references), a summary of
abbreviations, and further extremely valuable indexes of
parishes, other locations, and occupations. All original wills
and administration bonds have also been check and, as Dr Wright
says, some entries accidentally omitted from the probate act
books have now been rescued from oblivion.
The value of such resources which can be accessed
at the researcher’s convenience cannot be over-estimated, as
they not only save time and expense in visiting archives, but
can also ensure that all such visits can be planned and used to
the greatest effect.
Living in Kent, a family history 1289-1900. By Michael
Crux. 124 pp. B/w illustrations and maps throughout. 2005.
Paperback £9.95 from the Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre,
Faversham; Baggins Book Bazaar, 19 High Street, Rochester or
£12.50, incl. p+p, from the author at Helios House, The Street,
Barham, Canterbury, Kent CT4 6NZ.
The increasing fascination with, and involvement in, family
history studies can rarely be as satisfying as Michael Crux’s
successful investigation of his family’s history providing a
line of descent from 1289. Rather than a personal genealogy
starting from the present and going back to the eighteenth or
nineteenth century, he has produced a fascinating family history
up to 1900. A family that was wealthy enough to leave wills and
property and, despite some misfortunes, on the whole remained
within the same commercial/farming class in Kent, has provided
enough evidence to provide snapshots of the economic and social
history of the county. The range of illustrations, maps and
local developments mentioned in the text, while relating closely
to the Crux family history, will also be of much wider interest
and possible use to other family historians