The Booke of Register of the Parish of St. Peter in Canterbury 1560-1800 is WorldVitalRecords.com’s newest database, which will be FREE to access at WorldVitalRecords.com until May 10, 2007. The database is from the Everton Library Collection.
“Whether the Church of St. Peter the Apostle, Canterbury, ever possessed a parish register before the year 1559 or 1560, we shall, I suppose never know. All we do know is that no scrap of paper or parchment of an earlier date is at this day to be found within the walls of the quaint old edifice which claims to be one of the oldest of our existing city churches. From 1500 to 1800 is a long period in the extending over 241 years, are now placed within reach of the small, but ever increasing history of a parish; and these registers of Christenings, Weddings and Burials, extending over 241 years, are now placed within reach of the small, but ever increasing number of persons who are genuinely interested in the preservation of all memorials of the dead.”
- From The Booke of Register of the Parish of St. Peter in Canterbury, Joseph Meadows Cowper, 1888.