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

ERO Stocktaking
The ERO will be closed for Stock taking
Tuesday 19th November to Thursday 28th November

Our Research Centre will close on Thursday 14th November
and will Re-open on Wednesday 4th December
Diary Date
The Society AGM will take place on
Saturday 19th September 2020
For more details including the Minutes of the 2019 AGM
please click
New additions to our website
Our database now has well over 1.8 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 Fox Inn ~ a16th century inn on the Green at Finchingfield

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

Cressing Temple built by the Knights Templar c1137. This photograph is of the Barley Barn recognised as the oldest timber-framed barn in the world.

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

Layer Marney Tower is a Tudor Palace dating from 1520

Latest Surname Interests

Name County Parish
Sewell ESS Little Dunmow
Bright ESS Little Dunmow
Gray ESS Little Dunmow
Amos ESS Coggershall
Amos ESS Bocking
Willett ESS Braintree
Munson ESS Rettenden/ Chelmsford
Eves ESS White Colne
moore ESS old sampsford
Perrin ESS Stansted Mountfitchet
Perrin ESS Stansted Mountfitchet
Douglas MDX Hanwell
Douglas MDX Hanwell
Cooper MDX Islington
Rushbrook ESS
Howlett ESS Harwich
Perrin ESS Stansted Mountfitchet
Boyle ESS Colchester
Walford ESS Colchester
Walford ESS Colchester
Simpson ESS Witham
Beard ESS Orsett
Clark ESS Orsett
Morgan ESS All
Billett CAM
Greenwold ESS
Walsh CAM
Chipperfield ESS Chigwell
Hagan MDX Limehouse

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