Welcome to the Essex Society for Family History

Office address - ESFH c/o Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6YT

Our aims are to promote and encourage the public study of British Family history, genealogy, heraldry, and local history with particular reference to Essex and to promote the preservation, and accessibility of archival material. Donations which help with the work of the Society are always welcome and can be made by clicking below the red box at the top of any page on this site. All our staff are volunteers, we do not have any paid employees.

ESFH News Page
(follow the link from the top of this page)

Latest News

Coach Trip to Kew 30 October 2018. See 
here for details.

Death of Andrew Britter. See here for full details
including details of Thanksgiving Service.

Join our Society and take advantage of our free Essex database search facilities and the special Subscription discount by FindmyPast to new subscribers.

Just log in to the Members Only area from the red box at the top of this page.
New additions to our website

Our database now has over 1.76 million records and we are adding more all the time. Keep a check on these regular updates.

Latest Addition ~ 21,707 burials between 1563 and 1878

which took place at Waltham Holy Cross Church

plus recent additions of

9183 Burials between 1653 and 1746 at

All Saints church, West Ham


20,000 new Christening records from the years

1813-1851 at the following churches :-

Chadwell St Mary, St Mary the Virgin; East Tilbury, St Catherine;

West Tilbury, St James; Mucking, St John the Baptist; Orsett, St Giles & All Saints;

Corringham, St Mary the Virgin; Fobbing, St Michael;

Stanford-le-Hope St Margaret; Laindon, St Nicholas;

Dunton, St Mary the Virgin; Great Burstead, St Mary Magdalene;

Little Burstead, St Mary the Virgin; Doddinghurst, All Saints;

Downham, St Margaret; Hutton, All Saints; Nevenden, St Peter;

Shenfield, St Mary the Virgin; Ramsden Bellhouse, St Mary;

Ramsden Crays, St Mary; Wickford, St Catherine;

Barking, St Margaret; Basildon, Holy Cross; Dagenham, St Peter & St Paul;

Little Ilford, St Mary the Virgin; Wanstead, St Mary the Virgin;

Leyton, St Mary the Virgin; East Ham, St Mary Magdalene;

also 390 Christenings during the years 1844-1851 at

Walthamstow, St James the Great, St John the Evangelist & St Peter in the Forest

These records and many others on our database are not yet available on any other web site.

We are also very pleased to announce to our members that we have now added our online Essex Gazetteer into our main Essex Parish database. This means that, together with the Church photographs, we now provide the Ordnance Survey National Grid Reference for each parish church and a Google map showing the location of the parish within the County of Essex. In addition each Parish Church page carries details and locations of many of the smaller places within the parish.

To view these new features go to the Essex Parish Map and select the parish in which you are interested. Click on the button "Show Church Page" below the thumbnail of the church.

You will then be presented with a full page view of your chosen Church.

We hope that you will enjoy seeing the church and more information about the parish where your ancestors were baptised, and worshipped, married and were buried.

We currently have over 1500 members mostly in the UK but our membership spreads worldwide as shown by the graph which updates for new overseas members as they join. We invite you to join us by clicking on the on the RED bar at the bottom this page on. You can become a member and instantly use all our membership facilities if you pay your membership fees on line using either a credit/debit card (payment will be taken via the Paypal website) or a Paypal account.  

We have our own On-line Shop (select Shop on the black bar at the top of any page on the site) where you will find credit/debit card facilities for the purchase of all CDs published by the Society and also for the purchase of searches of Essex Records and other services provided by the Society. Our full Terms and Conditions may be viewed by following the link from the bottom of each page on the site.

Our website includes the Members Only Area which provides access to our collection of Parish Registers and Monumental Inscription transcriptions, an Essex Gazetteer which enables members to find that elusive place in Essex, and an on-line archive of back issues of the Essex Family Historian magazine from the first issue in November 1974.

Full details of our coverage of Parish records indexes are available by clicking on the Services button at the head of each page on the site and choosing Church Records List. From our shop you can also order searches of the National Wills index for England and Wales for wills which were proved from 1853 to 1943.

The Picture Gallery on the right hand side of this page shows the changing face of Essex each time you log on to the site. If you cannot wait to see the next selection of pictures just update your screen using your F5 key. .

Our Members Surname Interests are available to search on line. Go to the Membership tab on the black bar at the top of any page and select Surname Interests. Members are able to update their own interests on line through the Members Only Area. All visitors to this site can check the most recently added new or amended interests by scrolling to the bottom of the Picture Gallery on the right hand side of this page. 

We offer members the choice of an electronic version of the latest issue of the Essex Family Historian that is available aa part of our basic membership subscription rate and is fully searchable on line  (You can view a sample copy of our special Issue number 100 dated May 2001).  A paper copy of each  issue of the magazine is sent to all members paying the full subscription rates.

We have local Branches in Colchester, Harlow, Saffron Walden and Southend on Sea as well as at our Headquarters in Chelmsford where we have a Research Centre. Non members are required to pay a small fee for this service.  For local news click on the Local Branches tab at the top of any page on the site and select the Branch in which you are interested.

We offer advice on researching your family history. Our local branches in Essex offer opportunities to meet others with similar interests and share knowledge and experience in a friendly atmosphere.

MEMBERS LATEST SURNAME INTERESTS                           

A list of surname interests recently added to our database by members of the Society, is shown below our Picture Gallery on the right hand side of this page.

The data shown is the Surname of interest, the County and the parish. By hovering over the Name with your cursor you will reveal period of interest.

The county is shown using the Chapman Codes. Hovering your cursor over the code will show the full name of the County eg MER will be revealed as Merionethshire.

If you decide that you would like to contact our member just click on the Name and it will take you to our Search Results page. Go to the relevant item and click on the e-mail icon. Complete your message in the drop down box and then send your message. 

See also Members Surname Interests above for full details of our Surname Interests facilities. 

We hope that you make a successful link with others researching the same surname.  


We attend many Family History Fairs in London and around the Country. Please drop by to our stand. We are always glad to meet other Family Historians who share our love of Family History.

For more details of all the above services please follow the individual links by clicking on the black tiles below. 

For details of the constitution which governs the Society click here


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

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

High Easter Church

St Osyth Priory Gatehouse. Founded c.1121.

Layer Marney Tower is a Tudor palace, dating from 1520.

The village duck pond in the pretty village of Writtle near Chelmsford

Ingatestone Hall is a Grade I listed 16th-century manor house, built by Sir William Petre

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

Latest Surname Interests

Name County Parish
Decker ESS Colchester
Whitley ESS Wivenhoe
Bragg ESS Brightlingsea
Underwood ESS Brightlingsea
Nevard ESS Boxted
Rumball ESS Mucking
Rumble, Rumbell, Rumbol, ESS Barking, Brockley, Ingate
POTTER ESS Benfleet, Bowers Gifford,
Beverley NFK
French ESS Wethersfield
Cooper ESS Braintree
Ross ESS
Thomas KEN
Brook CAM Caxton
Brook ESS Newport
Linzee ESS
Trayling ESS
Polley ESS
wallaker ESS tillingham
Nickerson ESS Gt Holland
Vassall ESS Eastwood
Jarvis ESS Hornchurch
Emson ESS saffron walden
sutton SOM Minehead
Evans Cardiff
HYAMS Mile End, London
Palmer NTH Peterborough
Orrow / Orah ERY

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