Useful Links to other Family History Sites

Federation of Family History Societies

The Essex Society for Family History, in common with the majority of Family History Societies, is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies. 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 (01245) 244644. The search room at Chelmsford is open Monday 9am to 8.30pm, Tuesday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, and Friday and Saturday 9am to 4pm. 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 http://www.essexrecordoffice.co.uk/

SEAX athttp://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/Default.aspx


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 www.essex.ac.uk/history/esfh/essexplacenames/

Essex Churches

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

Essex Freemasons

A site which lists the surviving returns held at the Essex Record Office made by Freemasons Lodges as a result of the Unlawful Societies Act of 1799 may be searched at http://www.southchurch.mesh4us.org.uk/oaths.php

Sites providing local information about Essex

British History on Line

British History Online (http://www.british-history.ac.uk/) 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 - http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.asp?pubid=53
Lexden Hundred - http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.asp?pubid=48

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.

Essex Archaeological and Historical Congress

Essex Archaeological and Historical Congress was founded in 1964 to bring together all the organisations in the country interested in Archaeology, local history and civic life. Today Essex Congress has nearly 100 member groups and actively promotes awareness and study of the rich heritage of the County.

Society of Genealogists

The Society of Genealogists holds transcripts and copies of many parish registers.

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. http://southend19141918.co.uk/

New to Family History

Ancestor Search is a site, run by a member of the Society, which provides guidance on WHERE to find information n your English and Welsh ancestors which may be found at http://www.ancestor-search.info/HOME.htm

Eastman's Encyclopedia of Genealogy

The Encyclopedia of Genealogy serves as a free compendium of genealogical tools and techniques. It provides reference information about everything in genealogy except people. Look to the Encyclopedia of Genealogy to provide explanations of how to look up your family tree. It will also provide explanations of terms found in genealogy research, including obsolete medical and legal terms.

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 http://www.bbc.co.uk/legacies/myths_legends/england/essex

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