Research Centre

The Research Centre is situated on the first floor at the Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT. Telephone: 033301 32503.

It is open to both members of the Society and to the public from 1 pm to 4 pm on Wednesdays, from 10 am to 1 pm on Thursdays.

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Anyone wishing to use our facilities will need to have an Archives Card to enter the Public Searchroom. To get one first visit the Archives Card Hub website and click on sign up to fill in the online application. You can then collect your card from the ERO reception (proof of I.D. is needed for this). You must collect your card within 3 months of making the online application.

ESFH members will need to quote their membership number if wishing to benefit from the lower printing etc costs available to members.

The Centre is equipped with several computers. The computers provide access to all the data CD's we hold in our Library, as well as the Essex Burial Index (compiled as part of the National Burial Index). We continue to add other genealogical aids and indexes . If you do not consider yourself computer literate, do not despair a little help from our volunteers will soon put you on the right track.

We hold the microfiche indexes for the General Register Office birth, marriage, deaths from 1837 to 2001, the miscellaneous indexes and much more.

The Research Centre also holds our library.

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