- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Wittersham is a small village and civil parish, in an area known as the "Isle of Oxney", which is simply low land close to the Rother, near Tenterden, south of Ashford in Kent, England. In the UK census of 2011 it had a population of 1,112.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Wittersham from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "WITTERSHAM, a parish, with a village, in Tenterden [registration] district, Kent; 4½ miles NNW of Rye [railway] station [in Sussex]. It has a post-office under Staplehurst, a literary institution, and a fair on 12 May. Acres: 3,601. Real property: £5,649. Population in 1851: 987; in 1861: 877. Houses: 182. The property is subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £732. Patron: the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church is decorated English, and the chancel was recently rebuilt. There are a Wesleyan chapel, an endowed school with £54 a year, and charities £24."
Wittersham was originally an ancient parish in Oxney Hundred. Between 1894 and 1974 it was part of the Tenterden Rural District. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Ashford District.
- 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):