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Archaeologia Cantiana - Vol. 126   2006 page 426 - Book Reviews - continued

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.

DUNCAN HARRINGTON


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

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