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

Special Offer
Join now and you won't need to renew until April 2022

To Join please go to https://www.esfh.org.uk/signup.php

Rootstech2021 will be an online only Family History event
on 25 – 27 February, 24 hours a day.
It is FREE, so why don’t you register?
ESFH will have a presence in a ‘Booth’.
We have prepared a video to show participants from
around the world, where we come from. Click here for a preview

Census 2021
The next Census will be taken in March this year
For more information about it see here.

Parish Chest
We now have a presence on Parish Chest. This is a website run by
the Family History Federation where you can buy a range of products
from many of their Member Societies. To see what is on offer
visit the site at  https://www.parishchest.com/.

Research Centre
Our Research Centre is closed during lockdown.

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.

Zoom Meetings
Our Centres at Colchester, Galleywood, Harlow & Southend are
replacing their live 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. To access the recordings
select Resources for Members on the menu in the red box.
Go to the section headed "ESFH Online" where you will find a link to
take you to the menus to access the recordings.

Our centre at Saffron Walden will not be meeting until further notice.

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 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.

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.


Heybridge Basin where the Chelmer and Blackwater canal meets the river Blackwater. This view looks across the river to the low lying Northey Island.

The Harbour at Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex

Steeple Bumpstead Moot Hall known as the "Old Schole" was built in 1592 by the inhabitants on land rented from the Crown

All Saints Parish Church, Stock, Essex

Thaxted Guildhall built by the guild of Cutlers in 1390

Ingatestone Hall Gatehouse

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.

Cressing Temple built by the Knights Templar c1137. This photograph is of the Barley Barn recognised as the oldest timber-framed barn in the world.

Latest Surname Interests

Name  County Parish
Child ESS Sheering
Savell ESS Ingatestone
Buteux ESS Saffron Walden
Leaper ESS Hallingbury
Buer ESS Waltham Abbey
Drake ESS Lt Waltham
Brand ESS Pleshey,
Monk ESS Gt Waltham
Walden ESS Pleshey,
Skingley ESS Lt Waltham
Tunbridge ESS Gt Waltham
Pettifoot ESS Gt Waltham
Wiffen ESS Topsfield
Wiffen ESS Finchingfield
Wiffen ESS Gt Waltham
Austin ESS Grays Thurrock
Redington HRT Hunsdon
Redington ESS Magdalen Laver
Holliday All
Merredew All
Mead SOM Wraxall
Mead ESS Great Easton
Mead ESS Henham
Mead ESS Matching
Mead ESS Gt Waltham
Mead ESS Pleshey,
Chapman ESS High Easter
Clift ESS High Easter
Smith ESS Pleshey, Gt Waltham, High
Abraham ESS Chrishall

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