Welcome to the Essex Society for Family History
Office address - ESFH c/o Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6YT
Our aims are to promote and encourage the public study of British Family history, genealogy, heraldry, and local history with particular reference to Essex and to promote the preservation, and accessibility of archival material. Donations which help with the work of the Society are always welcome and can be made by clicking below the red box at the top of any page on this site. All our staff are volunteers, we do not have any paid employees.
We currently have over 1700 members mostly in the UK but our membership spreads worldwide as shown by the graph below. We invite you to join us by clicking on the red button below. You can become a member and instantly use all our membership facilities if you pay your membership fees on line by credit/debit card or by online Paypal account.
We have our own On-line Shop (select Shop on the black bar at the top of any page on the site) where you will find credit/debit card facilities for the purchase of all CDs published by the Society and also for the purchase of searches of Essex Records and other services provided by the Society. Our full Terms and Conditions may be viewed by following the link from the bottom of each page on this site.
Full details of our coverage of Parish records indexes are available by clicking on the Services button at the head of each page on the site and choosing "Church Records List". You can also order searches of the National Wills index for England and Wales for wills which were proved from 1853 to1943.
Our website includes a Members Only Area which provides access to our collection of Parish Registers and Monumental Inscription transcriptions, an Essex Gazetteer which enables members to find that elusive place in Essex, and an on-line archive of back issues of the Essex Family Historian magazine from the first issue in November 1974.
We offer members the choice of an electronic version of the latest issue of the "Essex Family Historian" that is available at a reduced membership subscription rate and is fully searchable on line (You can view a sample copy of the of the Issue 150 dated December 2013).
A paper copy of each issue of the magazine is sent to all members paying the full subscription rates.
We have local Branches in Colchester, Harlow, Saffron Walden and Southend on Sea as well as at our Headquarters in Chelmsford where we have a Research Centre which provides free access for our members to the "Find My Past" web site. Non members are required to pay a small fee for this service.
We offer advice on researching your family history. Our local branches in Essex offer opportunities to meet others with similar interests and share knowledge and experience in a friendly atmosphere.
Our 2014 Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 20th September 2014 at the Essex Record Office.
A copy of the final accounts for the Year ended 31st March 2014 is now available.
We attend many Family History Fairs in London and around the Country. Please drop by to our stand. We are always glad to meet other Family Historians who share our love of Family History.
For more details of all the above services please follow the individual links by clicking on the black tiles below. You are also invited to take a few minutes to view the ESFH in Action on our video.
For details of the constitution which governs the Society click here
Southend Old Pier
High Easter Church
River Blackwater from Heybridge Basin
Members Surname Interests
All members are able to update and advertise their own surname interests on line.
Visit our Online Shop
To join or renew membership on line, buy CD's, order Record searches and other goods and services.