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 Restrictions on use of parchment documents.  We are experiencing unusually low levels of humidity in our searchroom, and parchment documents cannot be produced.  The issue is being investigated, and we apologise for the inconvenience being caused. [Message posted Friday 23 January, 9.30 a.m.]

Friday 16 January: On Wednesday 28 January the software on the public computers in the Searchroom is being upgraded.  There will be no public access to Seax, Essex Ancestors, Ancestry or any other websites or to the public wifi system.  We will only be able to produce documents which have been ordered in advance.  We apologise for this disruption to the service.  Online users of Seax and Essex Ancestors will be unaffected.

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Thursday 30 October. Latest news from Essex Ancestors: we now have a full set of images of the surviving original wills, 1400-c.1720.

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