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Accessing Medway Ancestors !!

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poppycat Report 21 Sep 2018 05:47

Can anyone tell me what has happened to the Medway Ancestors new site please!

Has it been sold off to FMP or other....

Back in feb of this year managed to work out how to use the new site in the hands of
Adlib..............worst thing they ever did!

the above was what i had used

also had this one written down below but useless..

says an error has occurred please contact Adlib thats ok if you know how to?????


Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 21 Sep 2018 14:14

They moved the records to Strood where the were being put over onto a new computer system

I couldn’t find what I had previously let alone new searches so i gave up

Try ringing Medway archives to see what they advise

Chris in Sussex

Chris in Sussex Report 22 Sep 2018 00:56

Apparently Adlib is now part of Axiell

Takes you to

How to gain access to the old Medway Archives online?.......Your guess is as good as mine
:-( :-S



poppycat Report 22 Sep 2018 02:07

I have just sent them an email......hopefully will receive a reply

i am in an email a better option.

I will post reply on this board... :-)


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 22 Sep 2018 15:54

I have managed it once, but couldn’t give instructions. Basically it was clicking anything available to click & then some more!

Once you do get where you want to go, you had to accept a download of that particular set of images. At least it ends up on your own device to browse at your leisure.

People complained the original version was clunky, slow to load etc, but at least it was easy to use.


poppycat Report 23 Sep 2018 01:05


When Medway Archives was available to use i had no problems with it at al!
When a whole page was before me i'd make a wild guess as to the year i was looking for and usually could find what i wanted in a flash!.....not slow at all!
Plus you could download exactly what you wanted!

So no thanks to all those who complained about now is lost in cyber
world it seems!.......and no one seems to care about!

To all those who are connected to ancestors in Kent...Please send an email to

.'Medway Archives' to let them know where can we go to to be able to use it!
Adlib not available

even though they have passed it we do not want it lost in the wrong hands.
There are 'not' too many sites that are 'FREE' and Medway Archives was fantastic i had downloaded many BMD's in years past.....

Hate the thought it will be all lost in the wrong hands!



+++DetEcTive+++ Report 24 Sep 2018 22:32

Just trying again now on a PC - we were away when I replied.
click on Parish records (Archdeaconry of Rochester)

Find the Parish you're interested in, in this case it was Ash-next-Ridley, the first on the list.

Click away until you find the record set you want.
Your eye is drawn to the hierarchy browser result in the lower section of the page eg

fonds | P8
INCUMBENT - Registers and services
series | P8/1
Composite register: baptisms 1736-1809, marriages 1736-1753, burials 1736-1809
file | P8/1/2

All that is below a thin line. Above it is

Title Composite register: baptisms 1736-1809, marriages 1736-1753, burials 1736-1809
Level of description file
Extent 1 volume
Scope and content From 1796 baptisms gave mother's maiden name and place of marriage; burials give age and cause of death. At end, copy of will of John Walter, 1623.
Existence and location of copies
Microfilm Number 225.
Digitised version P008-01-02.pdf

Click on the P008-01-02.pdf which is a blue hyperlink

Although it may take a while to load, eventually a PDF opens in another tab.


poppycat Report 25 Sep 2018 01:17


Hi! thanks for replying !

after reading what you had said...thought i'd better check my emails!
this morning tuesday 25th, i did check last night but probably arrived later in the early hrs...i'm in Sth Aust...

Low & Behold! Medway has answered my email! this is the reply

thank you for your email. Ad Lib has been offline for the past week due to technical problems however the system has been restored and is back up and running again today.

Regards Cindy O’Halloran

Now i can get back to downloading all i need to add to my previous lists...!



+++DetEcTive+++ Report 25 Sep 2018 07:38

Problem solved :-D :-D :-D