Welcome to the Essex Society for Family History
Office address:-
c/o Essex Record Office,
Wharf Road,

The Society has no paid staff. All our services are provided by volunteer members.

Latest News

Special Offer
Join now and you won't need to renew until April 2022

To Join please go to https://www.esfh.org.uk/signup.php

Open Day
Our Society will be holding an Online Open Day
on 13 February 10:30am-4:00pm
There will be plenty of people to offer you help
and advice with your Family History.
For full details please see 
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

Membership Renewals by Cheque
Please note that Ann Turner, our Membership Secretary
is unable to get to the bank during lockdown.
Any cheques received will be banked as soon as possible.
Your membership will be not be affected.

Census 2021
The next Census will be taken in March this year
For more information about it see here.

Research Centre
Our Research Centre is closed during lockdown.
When we do re-open we will need more volunteers to help run it. See  here for details

Zoom Meetings
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.

On-line Shop
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.

Picture Gallery
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.

Surname Interests
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.


The village duck pond in the pretty village of Writtle near Chelmsford

St John the Baptist Church, Little Maplestead often known as the Round Church because it has a circular Nave. It was built by the Knights Hospitaller c1340.

Maldon Regatta September 2014

Thaxted Guildhall built by the guild of Cutlers in 1390

Cressing Temple built by the Knights Templar c1137. This photograph is of the Wheat Barn, one of two of the finest Templar built barns in Europe. .

Steeple Bumpstead Moot Hall known as the "Old Schole" was built in 1592 by the inhabitants on land rented from the Crown

Heybridge Basin where the Chelmer and Blackwater canal meets the river Blackwater. This view looks across the river to the low lying Northey Island.

Church Street, Saffron Walden ~ a fine example of the Essex art of Pargeting.

Latest Surname Interests

Name  County Parish
Rochester ESS
Savell ESS Wanstead
Pluck ESS
Marshall LND Poplar
Marshall CHI Jersey
Brooks LND Poplar
Brooks LND Shoreditch
Strachan MDX Hoxton
Strachan MDX Bow
Leary LND Bermondsey
Wakelin ESS Cranham
Wakelin ESS Rainham
Wakeling ESS Romford
Archer ESS
Lazell ESS
Webb ESS Helions Bumpstead
Balsham/belchamp ESS Helions Bumpstead
Andrews ESS Helions Bumpstead
Wright ESS Helions Bumpstead
Dison/dyson ESS Helions Bumpstead
Prior ESS Magdalen Laver
Wood ESS Theydon Bois
Gladden ESS Colchester
Abell ESS Colchester
Knott Essex
Babbs ESS Colchester
Keep NTH
Keep MDX
Keep ESS Colchester
Davies ESS East Donyland

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