About Us

Our President is The Lord Petre.

Our Patron is the Lord Bishop of Chelmsford

The Essex Society today 

Our aims are to promote and encourage the public study of British Family history, genealogy, heraldry, and local history with particular reference to Essex and to promote the preservation, and accessibility of archival material.

For details of the constitution which governs the Society click here

The area covered by the ESFH is that of the old Essex county with the exception of 'London Boroughs' which are considered to be in the area of East of London FHS and Waltham Forest which is in the area of Waltham Forest FHS.

Our main meetings are held monthly in Galleywood. We have monthly branch meetings in Colchester, Harlow and Southend-on-Sea. Our branch in Saffron Walden meets every 3 months.

Meetings are open to both members and non-members but priority is always given to our members.

For the benefit of members who cannot get to the local meetings in Essex we operate a CDs by Post service from our On Line shop.

Research on a particular surname or family is not organised by the Society, but members with similar aims and interests can get in touch with each other through the Society.

We also offer Search Services to members and non-members.

Over the years we have donated to various projects and it is hoped that we will be able to continue to do this. Since the inauguration of the Society, there have been many members without whose time and work the Society would not have remained in existence and become the largest Society in Essex.

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