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

Colin Smith 1932 – 2020

It is with much regret, that we announce the death of Colin Smith, long time Webmaster of our Society. Colin died on 8 February 2020 after a short stay in hospital following a stroke.

Colin, born in Cheshire, joined ESFH in 1991. He was a founder member of the Society’s Computer Group, which was set up in 1993, at a time when few people were using the technology for family history. As Chairman of the Group, he joined the Executive Committee in 1996, remaining a member until September 2019.

In 1997 Colin helped set up the first ESFH website and at the same time became our webmaster, a post he held until September 2019. Over the years the website grew and received awards from the Federation of Family History Societies. More recently, he led the development of the site we have today.

Colin made a tremendous contribution to the development of our Society. He will be greatly missed.

We extend our sincere condolences to his widow Marilyn, who remains a valued member of the ESFH.

ERO Conference
Back to the future:- the impact of science across Essex
Saturday 7th March 2020
please click
here for full details
Diary Date
The Society AGM will take place on
Saturday 19th September 2020
For more details including the Minutes of the 2019 AGM
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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.


Harwich harbour with St Nicholas Church on the the skyline

St Osyth Priory Gatehouse. Founded c.1121.

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.

Stony Lane, Thaxted

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

Church Street, Saffron Walden ~ a fine example of the Essex art of Pargeting.

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

Restored Tudor House in the Village of Writtle near Chelmsford

Latest Surname Interests

Name County Parish
Clark ESS Earls Colne
Towndrow ESS Colne Engaine
Hart ESS Colne Engaine
Fuller ESS Colne Engaine
Walpole SFK Acton
Rippingale ESS Gestingthorpe
Thorndike ESS Colchester
Thurston ESS
Prestney SFK
Burgess ESS
Carter ESS
Woods SFK
Nicholas ESS
DIAS ESS Colchester
HORSLEN ESS Broomfield
BROWN ESS Earls Colne
Hatton NAT
Neal ESS Great Burstead
Tabrum ESS Chelmsford/Finchingfield
Scott ESS High Laver
Crouchman ESS Morton/Shelley/Little Can
Babbs ESS High Laver
Suckling ESS
Abrey ESS
Gilham ESS chelmsford
Cornell ESS Thaxted

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