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.
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.
The Society AGM will take place on
Saturday 19th September 2020
For more details including the Minutes of the 2019 AGM
please click here
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.
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.
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
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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.