ESFH Research Centre, Chelmsford
The Research Centre is situated on the first floor at the Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT. 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. To check if we are open please ring 01245 264773 during these times.
Have you hit a brick wall with your Family History? Get expert help with a one to one session which can be booked by contacting Gill Peregrine by e mail via the 'Contact us' button at the top of this page.
The sessions will take place in our Research Centre on a day and time to be arranged and will be free of charge but a donation to the Society would be greatly appreciated.
Non members using our facilities will need to hold a County Archive Research Network (CARN) card, which is available from the ERO reception (proof of residence is needed for this). ESFH members will need to quote their membership number if wishing to benefit from the lower printing etc costs available to members.
If you already have a valid CARN ticket from another County Record Office, please bring this with you and the ERO can add it to their system.
The Centre is equipped with several computers which give members free access to the Internet. In addition 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 GRO birth, marriage, deaths from 1837 to 2001, the GRO miscellaneous indexes and much more.
The Research Centre also holds our library. Personal callers can obtain over the counter any of the CDs offered for sale by our CDs by Post Service.
Members Surname Interests
All members are able to update and advertise their own surname interests on line.
See details of each parish and its geographical location. Also see details for each church in the parish and the number of records held.
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To join or renew membership on line, buy CD's, order Record searches and other goods and services.