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

New additions to our website - June 2020

44,925 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.

Proposed Changes to ESFH Constitution

The Executive Committee have been reviewing the
Society's Constitution and have proposed some changes.
For full details please see the News Post 
Diary Date
The Society AGM will take place on
Saturday 17th October 2020
For more details including the Minutes of the 2019 AGM
please click
Corona Virus - Closure of Research Centre

Due to the current outbreak we have decided to close our
Research Centre until further notice.

Corona Virus - Meeting Cancellations

All meetings are cancelled until further notice

Our online shop remains open for sales and membership.

While you're stuck at home why not join us and start your family history.

As soon as you join you can search our Genealogy database.

If you have any queries you can still contact the relevant person via the Contact Us page.

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.


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

Colchester Castle is a largely complete Norman castle. It is a Grade I listed building.

All Saints Parish Church, Stock, Essex

Finchingfield Village Green ~ one of the prettiest and most photographed villages in Essex

Layer Marney Tower is a Tudor Palace dating from 1520

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.

Thorrington Tide Mill ~ A weather-boarded tide mill built in 1831 with a breastshot waterwheel and three pairs of millstones.

Maldon Regatta September 2014

Latest Surname Interests

Name County Parish
Smith SFK Hitcham
Wright ESS Stratford, West Ham, Ilfo
Wright ESS Finchingfield
Carter ESS Hawkwell
Bacon ESS Great Wakering
Quigley LND All
Quigley ESS
Sainty ESS All
Wade ESS All
Hempstead ESS All
LUCAS ESS Tendring
Bass ESS Debden
Shelford ESS Little Chesterford
Josselyn ESS
Joslin ESS
Shipton ESS Matching, Sheering
Chalk ESS Little Dunmow
Morrell ESS Barnston, Dunmow. High Ro
CARDER ESS Braintree
CARDER ESS Wethersfield
CARDER ESS Wethersfield
JOHNSON ESS Wethersfield
Vinall ESS Clacton
Warden ESS Hawkell
Warden ESS Great Wakering

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