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

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
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.


St Osyth Priory Gatehouse. Founded c.1121.

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

Harwich harbour with St Nicholas Church on the the skyline

Paper Mill Lock on the Chelmer and Blackwater canal looking towards Maldon and the coast.

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
Beard ESS Orsett
Clark ESS Orsett
Morgan ESS All
Billett CAM
Greenwold ESS
Walsh CAM
Chipperfield ESS Chigwell
Hagan MDX Limehouse
Lawrence SFK Ipswich
Mordaunt ESS Thundersley
Maunsell NTH
Rouse SFK Stoke by Nayland
Till SFK Stoke by Nayland
Foscue SFK Great Waldingfield
Kingsbury SFK Great Waldingfield
Marshall MDX Whitechapel
Griffin SFK Monks Eleigh
Campion SFK Great Waldingfield
Griffin SFK Monks Eleigh
Griffin SFK Monks Eleigh
Paprill ESS
Berry ESS
Ponder SFK Lavenham
Rungay NFK St Mary Magdalen
Lambe NTH Rothwell
Hill NTH Rothwell
Westwood MDX
Hopkins MDX Bromley
Marriot MDX Hackney
Donovan MDX Mile End/Whitechapel

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