Essex Family History

This section of the Family History website has been created to assist Genealogists and Family History researchers tracing lost ancestors and relatives that were living in Essex, England, UK. You will find many Essex Family History resources in the local Family History part of our website:

Essex Society for Family History

– A very large Family History Society based in Chelmsford Essex with branches in Chelmsford, Colchester, Harlow, Saffron Walden and Southend-on-Sea. Their aims are to promote and encourage the public study of British Family history, genealogy, heraldry, and local history with particular reference to Essex…”

They have a very popular Surname search facility for Members of the Society: Members Surname Interests – Search Facility for ESFH members

Essex Record Office

– This service holds thousands of documents, maps, photographs, sound recordings and videos. Many of these have not been digitised. You can subscribe for a modest fee for all there digital archives.

Births, marriages and deaths

Here are useful specific Essex county search pages from the FindMyPast website

Births

Essex Baptism Index – 1538-1900

Marriages

Essex Banns Index – 1754-1950
Essex Marriage Index – 1538-1900

Burials – including memorial inscriptions

Essex Burial Index – 1538-1900
Essex Memorial Inscriptions – Tombstone Inscriptions

Wills & Probate records

Essex Wills Beneficiaries Index – Wills & Probate Records 1505-1916

Military records

Essex, Clacton Roll Of Honour 1914-1918
– over 1000 Claction men who died in WW1.

Essex Newspaper Archives

Local Newspaper Archives and Historical Newspapers can provide invaluable information for Family History Researchers and are a great resource for finding records of relatives and ancestors.  Information can often be found that is not found in Parish Records, or Censuses. At Family History, we are able to provide a direct link to Essex Newspaper Archives from a variety of historical newspapers, covering different time periods. Here is the link and information on the historic Essex Newspapers and the time periods they cover:

British Newspaper Archives – historic newspaper records in the Essex area
– Here is the link for the historical newspapers listed below:

Local newspaper recordsRecord years
Chelmsford Chelmsford ChronicleChronicle1783-1791
1798
1819
1832-1837
1839-1898
1900-1950
Essex Herald1828-1830
1833-1839
1841-1858
1862-1876
1878-1886
1888
1890-1897
1899
Essex Newsman1870-1896
1899-1910
1912-1950
Essex Standard1831-1844
1846-1872
1874-1896
1899-1900
Grays & Tilbury Gazette, and Southend Telegraph 1889
1899-1908
Southend Standard and Essex Weekly Advertiser1873-1875
1878
1880-1896
1898-1905
1907-1909
Waltham Abbey and Cheshunt Weekly Telegraph1883
1889
1896