- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Deal is a town in Kent, England. It lies on the English Channel eight miles northeast of Dover and eight miles south of Ramsgate. It is a former fishing, mining and garrison town. Deal's suburbs include Kingsdown (near Deal), Sholden and Walmer, the latter being a possible location for Julius Caesar's first arrival in Britain.
Deal was named as a 'limb port' of the Cinque Ports in 1278. Due to its position on the Downs, the town grew to become for a while the busiest port in England; today it enjoys the reputation of being a quiet seaside resort, its quaint streets and houses the only reminder of its history.
The coast of France is approximately twenty-five miles from the town, and is visible on clear days.
Deal was originally an ancient parish in both the Bewsborough Hundred and the Cornillo Hundred. Deal was a municipal borough from 1835 until 1874 when it became part of the Dover District or Borough of Dover. In 2011 it had a population of just over 30,000.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Deal, Kent. A long description of its history and its relationship to the sea.
- Kent County Council Archive, Local Studies and Museums Service. James Whatman Way, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1LQ. This incorporates the Centre for Kentish Studies in Maidstone and the East Kent Archives Centre near Dover.
- Canterbury Cathedral Archives see the Archives web pages on the Canterbury Catherdral site.
- For information on the area around the Medway Towns, have a look at Medway Council's CityArk site.
- Ordnance Survey Maps of England and Wales - Revised: Kent illustrates the parish boundaries of Kent when rural districts were still in existence and before Greater London came into being. The map publication year is 1931. An earlier map of 1900 may also be useful. The maps blow up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. Maps in this series are now downloadable for personal use.
- Census records for Kent are available on FamilySearch, Ancestry and FindMyPast. The first site is free; the other two are pay sites but have access to microfilmed images. Steve Archer produced a very useful round-up of the available sources, but this information may not be up to date.
- Registration Districts in Kent for the period 1837 to the present. By drilling down through the links you can follow any parish through the registration districts to which it was attached.
- England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911 The full database from Kent Archives Office, Maidstone, has been available online from FamilySearch since June 2016.
- Kent had five family history societies (now only four):