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

Membership Renewal by Cheque

All cheques received since the beginning of March
have been paid into the bank today (2 Jun 2020)
and should clear members accounts in the next day or two.

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.

Genealogy Database Maintenance
Due to date mapping errors most of our Monumental Inscriptions   
have been removed and we are now slowly re-uploading them   
As there are over 471 batches to do this will take some days, possibly weeks.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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

The following Monumental Inscriptions have been added:-
Brentwood Independent Chapel, 1776-1907 - 146 Records
Prittlewell, North Road Burial Ground, 1872-1951 - 342 Records

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.


Harwich harbour with St Nicholas Church on the the skyline

Maldon Regatta September 2014

Restored Tudor House in the Village of Writtle near Chelmsford

The Fox Inn ~ a16th century inn on the Green at Finchingfield

The Harbour at Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex

High Easter Church

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 Wheat Barn, one of two of the finest Templar built barns in Europe. .

Latest Surname Interests

Name County Parish
Spencer ESS Lambourne
Reynolds ESS Lambourne
Silvester ESS North Weald bassett
Gurnet ESS Berners Roding
Day ESS North Weald Bassett
Cozens ESS Theydon Bois
Cozens ESS Fyfield
Glasscock ESS Great Sampford
Heydon ESS Little Sampford
Turner ESS Great Bardfield
Taylor ESS Thaxted
Caton ESS Thaxted
Wale ESS Thaxted
Trueman ESS Thaxted
Clarke ESS Thaxted
Ware ESS Great Sampford
King ESS Great Sampford
Fuller ESS Great Sampford
Stacey ESS Great Sampford
Eldred ESS Pebmarsh
Goodey ESS Halstead
BUER ESS Hallingbury
Bingham ESS Stisted/Pattiswick
Brown ESS Pattiswick
Gibbs HRT
Williams ESS

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