Essex Society for Family History

Family History Federation Member

Registered Charity No 290552

Essex Society for Family History

Family History Federation Member

Registered Charity No 290552

The Society for everyone, young and old,

with an interest in their family history,

especially those with ancestors from Essex.

As well as our website with online shop, we offer

  • Frequent online talks and workshops with live local audiences (COVID permitting)

  • Research Centre within the Essex Record Office at Chelmsford

As a member, you can:

  • Get regular magazines each year

  • Advertise your Surname Interests and edit your own advert at any time

  • Search our database of Parish Register & Gravestone Transcriptions

  • Watch recordings of past talks

  • View archive of our magazines plus exchange journals from other FHS

Come and join us. Become a member, with immediate effect.


Latest News Events Calendar Latest Surname Interests

Genealogy Database
20,700 Marriages added to our Genealogy Database on 24 Sep 2023. Full details of what has been added can be seen here

Another 11,353 Marriages added to our Genealogy Database on 29 Sep 2023. Full details of these further additions can be seen here
The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held on Saturday, 21 October 2023 online and live in The Common Room of Galleywood Heritage Centre at 1.30pm.

Nominations for the Honorary Officers and Members of the Executive Committee, signed by two paid-up members of the Society, should be sent by email to the Secretary at, to be received not later than 23 September 2023.

Nomination for Officers & Executive Committee Form esfh06 can be found under the forms section of the Document Repository of this Members Area of this Website.

The following documents should be read ahead of the AGM:-
Minutes of 2022 AGM
Trustees Report 2022
Treasurer's Report 2022
Final Accounts 2022-2023
AGM Agenda 2023
Volunteers Urgently needed for the following ESFH Posts
Post Person to Contact
Assistant Secretary Meryl Rawlings
Assistant Treasurer Tanya Sewell
Communications Manager & Assistant Andrea Hewitt
Data Controller Assistant John Young
Editor & Assistant Editor Colleen Devenish
Assistant Membership Secretary Ann Turner
Assistant Monumental Inscription Co-ordinator Yvonne Tunstill
Assistant Programme Co-ordinator Meryl Rawlings
All of the above can be contacted via the Contact us Page.

Office address:-
ESFH, c/o Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT

All Saints Parish Church, Stock, Essex

Restored Tudor House in the Village of Writtle near Chelmsford

St Osyth Priory Gatehouse. Founded c.1121.

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.

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

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

Ingatestone Hall is a Grade I listed 16th-century manor house, built by Sir William Petre

Maldon Regatta September 2014

Layer Marney Tower is a Tudor Palace dating from 1520

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