New records from five Kent parishes are now available to search in our collection of Kent banns. An ancient legal tradition, banns are an announcement in church of a couple's intention to marry. The reading of the banns provides an opportunity for anybody to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place. Banns had to be read in the parish (or parishes) in which the couple lived and in the parish in which they intended to marry, on three Sundays in the three months before the wedding.

Kent Banns now covers 57 parishes between 1644 and 1969. Banns are useful for those records which do not include a wedding date as they allow you to estimate when your relatives were married.

Each record includes a transcript of the original banns book that includes the couple's names, where and when their banns were read, each party's home parish and their previous marital status.