- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Ryarsh is a village and civil parish in the local government district of Tonbridge and Malling District in Kent, England. It was originally an ancient parish in the Larkfield Hundred of Kent. It is home to around 1,000 residents. Ryarsh is west of Maidstone and north of West Malling and Kings Hill.
A nineteenth century description
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Ryarsh from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "RYARSH, a village and a parish in Malling [registration] district [of] Kent. The village stands 2½ miles S W by W of Snodland [railway] station, and 6½ N W by W of Maidstone; and has a post-office under Maidstone. The parish includes also part of Aldon hamlet, and comprises 1,551 acres. Real property: £3,297. Population: 447. Houses: 93. Part of the land is under hops. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £305. Patron: the Hon. W. J. Stratford. The church is partly Norman, but mainly later English."
- 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):