Welcome to the Essex Society for Family History
c/o Essex Record Office,
The Society has no paid staff. All our services are provided by volunteer members.
We are delighted to announce our Research Centre will re-open on Wednesday 30th September at 1pm.
We are looking for volunteers to help man the Research Centre on either Wednesday afternoons (1pm-4pm)
or Thursday mornings (10am-1pm).
To find out more or to volunteer please contact Gill Peregrine
via the Contact Us page of the website.
Our Centres at Colchester, Galleywood & Harlow are replacing their
regular meetings with Zoom meetings
until further notice due to Covid 19.
Where possible these meetings will be recorded and made available
via the members only area of our website by
selecting Zoom Meetings on the menu in the red box.
Our centres at Saffron Walden & Southend will not be meeting until further notice.
Annual General Meeting
The Society AGM will take place on Saturday 17th October 2020
For more details including the Minutes of the 2019 AGM
& Final Accounts 2019-20 please click here
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 here
Error in Latest Essex Family Historian
Eric Probert advises readers of our journal that
in his section "Eric Probert's Useful Websites" on page 76,
under the title Performers and Workers in the Theatre
the url should read https://ellenterryarchive.essex.ac.uk/
New additions to our website
32,745 Christenings have recently been added to our database
For a list of the parishes and dates covered please see
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Harbour at Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
Restored Tudor House in the Village of Writtle near Chelmsford
St John the Baptist Church, Little Maplestead often known as the Round Church because it has a circular Nave. It was built by the Knights Hospitaller c1340.
Paper Mill Lock on the Chelmer and Blackwater canal looking towards Maldon and the coast.
Stony Lane, Thaxted
Finchingfield Village Green ~ one of the prettiest and most photographed villages in Essex
Harwich harbour with St Nicholas Church on the the skyline
Latest Surname Interests
Members Surname Interests
All members are able to update and advertise their own surname interests on line.
See details of each parish and its geographical location. Also see details for each church in the parish and the number of records held.
Visit our Online Shop
To join or renew membership on line, buy CD's, order Record searches and other goods and services.