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

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.


Thaxted Guildhall built by the guild of Cutlers in 1390

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

Mountnessing Post Mill ~ built in 1807. It is a fine example of the Millwright's craft of that time

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

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

Latest Surname Interests

Name County Parish
Patmore ESS Ugley
Palmer HRT Bishops Stortford
Waymouth DEV
Staines ESS
Wilton HRT
Wilton ESS Great Dunmow
Bartholomew ESS Earls Colne
Brunning SFK Long Melford
Brunning ESS Earls Colne
Saunders ESS Great Tey
Pennick ESS Coggeshall
Pennick ESS Brightlingsea
Dyer ESS Shalford
Jarman SFK Walsham le Willows
Hatcher SFK
Gull SFK Capel St Mary
Gull ESS Dedham
Judd ESS Arkesden
Punt ESS Stisted
Thorn ESS Stisted
Corsellis ESS
Widdison NTT Radcliffe on Trent
Kemp ESS Chrishall
JOLLEY ESS Brightlingsea
AD(T)KINSON ESS Great Horkesley
JACKSON ESS Great Horkesley
Prayel ESS Dunton

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