Useful Links to other Family History Sites

Family History Federation

The Essex Society for Family History, in common with the majority of Family History Societies, is a member of the Family History Federation. Click on the icon to access their site

Essex Record Office (ERO)

The principal collection of records for the County of Essex is held by Essex Record Office and members should visit their web site for full details of the ways in which that Office can help with your research.

The Record Office in Chelmsford is located at Wharf Road, Chelmsford CM2 6YT. The telephone number is 03330 132 500. The Record Office is Open every Tuesday-Thursday. It is also open 1 Friday & 1 Saturday every 4 weeks. Please their their website for full details. It is advisable to telephone before making a visit to confirm the opening times for any day you wish to make a visit particularly if you have a long journey to get to Chelmsford.

ERO at

Essex Archives Online at

Essex Place-names

A useful Website for all those researching Essex is the Essex Place-names database which contains names of fields, roads, inns, houses, farms, manors, places, rivers, streams, woods, etc, and names of owners, tenants, landlords, parties to agreements etc, recorded from historic documents such as Tithe Awards, Rental Agreements, Surveys, Maps, Rolls, Inquisitions, Deeds, Charters. The site can be found at

Essex Churches

A site which is gradually providing a complete record of all the old churches across the county may be found at
All of the images are free for personal use by those researching their family history.

Sites providing local information about Essex

British History on Line

British History Online ( is the digital library of text and information about people, places and businesses from the medieval and early modern period, built by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust.

They have digitised and published two volumes from the Victoria County History of Essex which are available here:

Ongar Hundred -

Lexden Hundred -

The Essex Society for Family History makes an annual donation to the Victoria County History of Essex to help in the work of recording the history of the county for the benefit of future generations of Family and Local Historians and others who are interested in the County of Essex.

Other Family History Societies

The following links are provided for easy access to the web sites of other Family History Societies.

Southend on Sea and the Great War 1914-1918

This site covers an on going research project by one of our members researching the effects of the war on Southend and area and on its people.

New to Family History

Ancestor Search is a site which provides guidance on WHERE to find information on your English and Welsh ancestors which may be found at

BBC Legacies WebPages

Legacies’ is the local history Website from the BBC, but a history Website with a difference. The aim is to scrutinise the same UK history that you can find in any book or Website, but to show how this history unfolds across every locality of the UK. The site can be accessed at

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