Welcome to the Essex Society for Family History
c/o Essex Record Office,
The Society has no paid staff. All our services are provided by volunteer members.
Join now and you won't need to renew until April 2022
To Join please go to https://www.esfh.org.uk/signup.php
Rootstech2021 will be an online only Family History event
on 25 – 27 February, 24 hours a day.
It is FREE, so why don’t you register?
ESFH will have a presence in a ‘Booth’.
We have prepared a video to show participants from
around the world, where we come from. Click here for a preview
The next Census will be taken in March this year
For more information about it see here.
We now have a presence on Parish Chest. This is a website run by
the Family History Federation where you can buy a range of products
from many of their Member Societies. To see what is on offer
visit the site at https://www.parishchest.com/.
Our Research Centre is closed during lockdown.
We are looking for volunteers to help man the Research Centre on either Wednesday afternoons (1pm-4pm)
or Thursday mornings (10am-1pm).
To find out more or to volunteer please contact Gill Peregrine
via the Contact Us page of the website.
Our Centres at Colchester, Galleywood, Harlow & Southend are
replacing their live meetings with Zoom meetings
until further notice due to Covid 19.
Where possible these meetings will be recorded and made available
via the members only area of our website. To access the recordings
select Resources for Members on the menu in the red box.
Go to the section headed "ESFH Online" where you will find a link to
take you to the menus to access the recordings.
Our centre at Saffron Walden will not be meeting until further notice.
New additions to our website
32,745 Christenings have recently been added to our database
For a list of the parishes and dates covered please see here
Our database now has well over 1.9 million records and we are adding more all the time. Keep a check on these regular updates.
Many records on our database are not yet available on any other website.
Benefits of Membership
Members have access to the Members Only Area of the website which provides access to the following:-
Essex Genealogy Database comprising Parish Register & Monumental Inscription Transcriptions. Full details of the Parishes & dates covered may be found by clicking on the Services button at the top of any page of the site & choosing Church Records List.
The Essex Gazetteer which enables members to find that elusive place in Essex.
The Essex Family Historian on line archive from the first issue in November 1974.
FindmyPast Discount Code enabling members to receive a discount off a new FindmyPast subscription.
All members receive the Essex Family Historian three times a year. They can choose to receive either an electronic copy or a paper copy & the choice is reflected in the subscription rate they pay.
To join our Society simply click on the RED bar at the bottom of this page and follow the on screen instructions.
Click on Shop on the black bar at the top of any page on the site. Here you can purchase any of the Society’s CDs & Research services with your Credit or Debit Card. Our full Terms & Conditions may be viewed by following the link at the bottom of any page on the site.
The Picture Gallery on the right hand side of this page shows a different selection of Essex pictures each time you visit the site. Re-load the page to see a different selection.
To search click on Membership on the black bar at the top of any page & select Surname Interests. Members can update their own interests in the Members Only Area.
The most recent interests are displayed below the Picture Gallery on the right hand side of this page. The Surname of interest, County & Parish are shown. Hover over the surname to show the period of interest & over the county code to show the full name e.g. ESS will be revealed as Essex.
To contact a member about their interest, click on the surname to go to the Search Results page & follow the instructions below the list of interests.
We hope that you make a successful link with others researching the same surname.
Steeple Bumpstead Moot Hall known as the "Old Schole" was built in 1592 by the inhabitants on land rented from the Crown
Ingatestone Hall Gatehouse
Colchester Castle is a largely complete Norman castle. It is a Grade I listed building.
Church of St Andrew, Greensted-jixta-Ongar. The oldest wooden church in the world and the oldest wooden building standing in Europe. The nave of this Saxon church is built of logs.
Restored Tudor House in the Village of Writtle near Chelmsford
Layer Marney Tower is a Tudor Palace dating from 1520
Thorrington Tide Mill ~ A weather-boarded tide mill built in 1831 with a breastshot waterwheel and three pairs of millstones.
Paper Mill Lock on the Chelmer and Blackwater canal looking towards Maldon and the coast.
Latest Surname Interests
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Members Surname Interests
All members are able to update and advertise their own surname interests on line.
See details of each parish and its geographical location. Also see details for each church in the parish and the number of records held.
Visit our Online Shop
To join or renew membership on line, buy CD's, order Record searches and other goods and services.