Essex Archives Online

The place to search for historic records

Welcome to the catalogue of the Essex Record Office, where you can discover your Essex ancestors or the history of your home, village or town.

This site offers written descriptions of every item in the archive, but not the full text of the documents themselves. Some entries contain images of the item. If your search returns more entries than you require, try our advanced search. For help using this site, please see our user guides.

Our searchroom computers will be unavailable on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 November due to a server update.  In the searchroom, it will not be possible to access online resources, including ERO's own images.  We will do our best to provide access to the ERO catalogue and document ordering, but we expect that this service will be disrupted too.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and will work hard to provide the best service we can.  Offsite services, including subscription services, will continue as normal.  [Message posted on Friday 17 November at 5.15 p.m.]

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