Research and Courier Services

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The Society offers a range of search services. These are provided by our Research Team, led by Mrs Shirley Harman (pictured above). All services can be ordered through our on-line shop and paid for by credit or debit card. The results of all search requests will be sent to the e-mail address which you provide.

Customers wishing to pay by sterling cheque and receive their search results by post should click on the link labelled Application Form, next to the service they require below.

All enquiries for advice or problems concerning our Search and Courier Services should be sent by e-mail to Mrs Shirley Harman (see "Contact Us" at the top of this page) or by post to The ESFH Search Team, c/o The Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6YT

Essex Burial Index

Our Database of Essex Burials covers the period 1537 to 2000 and is almost complete for the Church of England Registers. The coverage dates for all churches included in the Essex Burial Index are shown on our Church Records List (click on the Services button at the top of the page and select Church Records List from the menu). To order a search of this index click the Shop button at the top of the page and select “Search the Essex Burials Index” to order online or download the Application Form to order by post.

Monumental Inscription Index

The Monumental Inscription index has been compiled from the recordings our members have made of gravestones throughout Essex. To discover if a particular burial location has been recorded and is therefore included in the Monumental Inscription Index check our Church Records List (click on the Services button at the top of the page and select Church Records List from the menu). To order a search of this index click the Shop button at the top of the page and select “Search the Monumental Inscriptions Index” to order online or download the Application Form to order by post.

Essex Parish Registers

Our Research Team will search the Parish Registers that are held in the Essex Record Office. To order a search using this service click the Shop button at the top of the page and select “Search Essex Parish Registers” to order online or download the Application Form to order by post.

National Index of Wills – 1858 onwards

Our Research Team also offer a Search service for the National Index of Wills from 1858 to 1943 for a named person in a given year. To order a search using this service click the Shop button at the top of the page and select “Search the National Wills Index” to order online or download the Application Form to order by post.

Search the BMD Indexes for England and Wales

We hold microfiche copies of the General Register Office indexes of Births 1837-2001, Marriages 1837-2001 and Deaths 1837-2001 and we provide a search service to trace the GRO reference of the event which you require. To order a search using this service click the Shop button at the top of the page and select “Search the BMD Indexes for England and Wales” to order online or download the Application Form to order by post.

Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates for England and Wales

We also offer a courier service to obtain any certificate for England and Wales which you require. To order a Certificate using this service click the Shop button at the top of the page and select “Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates” to order online or download the Application Form to order by post. Please allow two weeks for delivery.

Please note:- To use this Service ALL the following details must be supplied: Year/quarter/ surname/forename(s)/registration district/ volume number/page number. If any of these can't be supplied then you will need to use the search service above.

Miscellaneous Indexes

We can search the following miscellaneous indexes. If you would like our Research Team to conduct a search of any of the Miscellaneous Indexes listed below, please send an e-mail to Mrs Shirley Harman (see "Contact Us" at the top of this page) specifying which Index you would like searched, supplying the name of the person and specifying which year(s) are to be searched. You will receive a reply detailing the cost of the search and the method of payment which is required.

British Consular Registers - BMD

Births and Deaths of British people in a foreign Country where a British Consulate is in operation. Marriage returns from foreign countries where the British Embassy hold a marriage warrant.

British High Commission Registers - BD

Births and Deaths of British people in a Commonwealth country where a British High Commission is in operation.
Marriages are not received by High commissions.
Registers are only made AFTER the date of independence, i.e. India from 1949. Jamaica from 1965. Kenya from 1965.
For events that took place before Independence, you should consult the Civil Registration Authority for that country.

There are certain countries where there is no provision for any form of British Consul or High Commission registers e.g. Australia, New Zealand, Falkland Islands, Canada, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

British Forces posted overseas – BMD

Births, Marriages and Deaths relating to members of the British Armed Forces posted overseas.
These entries do not show a claim to British citizenship.
Events connected to the Armed forces in Northern Ireland are registered at the GRO, Belfast.

Regimental records – BMD

Birth and Baptism, 1761-1924
Marriage records for 1786-1924

Ionian Islands – BMD

Civil and Regimental records from 1818-1864

War Deaths - D

Entries do not show place of burial or next of kin.
Information on certificates issued are: Regiment, Army number, Rank, Name, Age at Death, Country of Birth, place and cause of death.

Marine – BD

Births and Deaths on British registered ships.
British citizens on certain foreign registered ships.
No register is available for marriages at sea. Information is supplied by the Registry of Shipping and Seaman (RSS) Cardiff.

Civil Aircraft – BD

Births and Deaths on British registered aircraft. Information is supplied by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), London.

Hovercraft - BD

Births and Deaths of people which take place on British registered hovercraft. Information is supplied by the Registry of Shipping and Seaman (RSS), Cardiff.

Offshore Installation – D

Deaths which take place on British owned offshore installations.
Deaths which take place on lifeboats or other emergency survival craft belonging to offshore installations. Information is supplied to the RSS by the installation owner.

For the information of those researching overseas, The British Library holds:-

Oriental and India Office Collection India and Pakistan, 1698-1948 St. Helena, 1767-1835 Sumatra, 1759-1825 Malacca, Penang and Singapore, 1799-1829 Macao and Canton, 1820-1833 *Kuwait, 1937-1961 *Aden, 1840-1948.

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