Trace Your Ancestors !

Luke 20:38
"He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive."

This Document Contains:
How to find a church
Can you trace your family tree back to Adam and Eve ?!
List of Names on Kennington War Memorial
Links Page - More Genealogical Resources..

Many people are interested in tracing their ancestors. They are drawing a family tree or even writing a family history. Church records are a valuable source of information as they faithfully record births, marriages and deaths over centuries - just the sort of information people are looking for.

First find your church. Please remember that a church is not a building but a group of people;
not history, but Christians serving the present, living community.

Parish records and/or transcripts of them may be kept in four different places:

The local parish church is often a good starting point. You will need to contact the church office or the Vicar. They will tell you whether they have a copy of the records and if not, where they are kept.

I have found a two ways of locating Parish Churches in England and Wales...

You just need to know a little bit about the Church of England to find them !
The Church of England (sometimes called C of E or Anglican Church) is organised into dioceses. These are geographical areas presided over by a bishop, or bishops, usually with a Cathedral City at the centre.

Each diocese is further divided into parishes, which have been the basic local administration blocks in England for centuries.
Each parish has a parish church, with a Vicar, Rector, or Priest in Charge, and sometimes some lesser churches within its boundaries.

The official web site of the Church of England is:
http://www.cofe.anglican.org

Click on "where to find us".
This takes you to http://www.cofe.anglican.org/location/index.htm (you don't seem to be able to come here directly)
There is a list of links to the individual dioceses at the bottom of this page.

Suppose you click on the diocese of Southwark - (part of London)

The web site for this is hosted by the Roehampton Institute and this address gives a list of parishes:
http://max.roehampton.ac.uk/link/dswark/index.htm

If you select Kennington it will take you to:
http://max.roehampton.ac.uk/link/dswark/parishes/127k.htm - St. Marks, Kennington, London
I include this as an example, because I have received some E-mails from people actually looking for churches in Kennington, South London !

Otherwise try this "Church finder" which is being developed by the C of E ...
http://www.church-search.com/
It found the church I was looking for but gave rather limited information.

Other Denominations: There are lists of churches of other denominations available on the internet:
The Methodist Church - http://www.methodist.org.uk
The United Reformed Church - http://www.urc.org.uk

While a Vicar or Minister may help you locate the records, and may be able to arrange for you to view them, they are entitled to charge a fee for doing genealogical research on your behalf, and being busy people, may simply not be able to do a very thorough search.

Can you trace your family tree back to Adam and Eve ?!

Jesus could. The Jewish people of his time were very keen on genealogy - see how they insist that "We are Abraham's descendants" in John chapter 8 verses 31 to 58. They all knew which tribe they were descended from. But Jesus upset them by saying that they didn't behave like Children of Abraham.

If we have the faith that Abraham had, we too can become children of Abraham - children of God even.
Right at the beginning of his gospel John writes "yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, he gave the right to become children of God."

And the Apostle Paul writing to the church in Galatia says:
"You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."

It may make a bit of a mess of the family tree, but Christ has flung the door wide open for anyone to become sons of God.

Click here to read more about Christ's genealogy

List of Names on Kennington War Memorial


Click to see big image - 50k

Photograph of the Dedication of the War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Site enables you to find more information about those who are listed below.

1914 - 19
Royal Navy
H.R.Coulter
A.E.Higgins
E.Houlcroft
E.C.Knight
A.W.Taylor

H.M.Army
A.Jennings
J.L.Stuart
J.Bremner
N.D.J.Hight
E.A.Collins
H.W.Collins
A.Godden
H.M.Army
W.A.J.Head
A.A.Jones
A.S.Knight
W.J.Martin
E.D.Morton
W.Moore
W.J.Reynolds
C.Shorter
C.H.Staples
F.W.Tyrrell
P.A.Vidler
C.T.White

1939 - 45
Royal Navy
V.C.Adcock
C.W.J.Staples

Army
A.C.Davis
D.F.Boyd-Moss
K.Olley
E.Vickery
L.G.Veysey
R.A.F
J.C.A.Allchin
R.W.Ammon
K.V.Dean
J.Haney
S.F.Hollands
J.J.King
T.M.Nicholls
D.W.T.Stealey
D.R.Vickers
Merchant Navy
S.Perry

Civilians
Sarah Gray
Daisy Mercer
John Newington
Edith Smith
Rose Williams

Further inscriptions and names from memorials will be added to this page when time (and weather conditions) permit.


Wishing you every success in your search for ancestors...
H.B.

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