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

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
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 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 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
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
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 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.


Paper Mill Lock on the Chelmer and Blackwater canal which was opened in 1797 to connect Chelmsford to the Coast.

Harwich harbour with St Nicholas Church on the the skyline

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.

Finchingfield Village Green ~ one of the prettiest and most photographed villages in Essex

Thaxted Guildhall built by the guild of Cutlers in 1390

Stony Lane, Thaxted

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

Latest Surname Interests

Name County Parish
Cottee ESS Tiptree
Saines ESS Finchingfield
Hazell ESS
Osborn ESS Downham
Mott ESS
Haeding ESS West Han
WENT ESS Langham
LEWIS ESS Margaretting
Bailey LND
Goodwin SFK
abdy ESS
Crush ESS
Monk ESS various
Palmer ESS West Ham area
GUNNETT ESS Matching - Hatfield BO
SUCKLING ESS Finchingfield
Askew ESS Maldon/ Tolleshunt Darcy
Dean HRT Much Hadham
Dean HRT Much Hadham
Newby ESS Ingatestone
Spooner ESS Colchester
Boncey NAT
ogles ESS
Bull ESS Dagenham

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