These lists show all the registers of baptisms, marriages, burials or banns from Anglican or other churches, or from cemeteries, and any transcripts of them, that are available through the Essex Record Office. They also show the formats in which the records are available: either as images, or as microfiches or microfilms, or - if no copy exists - as original documents.
Where images are available, they are free to view in the Essex Record Office searchroom. To see images of parish registers and wills online, you will need to register and buy a subscription. Subscriptions are available for various periods between 1 day and 1 year:
1 Day (24 hours) - £5.00
1 Week (7 days) - £20.00
1 month (30 days) - £30.00
6 months (182 days) - £60.00
1 year (365 days) - £85.00
Prices include Value Added Tax (VAT) at the current UK rate.
From Monday 8 June 2015, a 1-day subscription will cost £10 including VAT. For access to over 750,000 images of parish registers and wills this is still great value. All our other subscription prices will remain the same, and Essex Ancestors will remain free to view in the ERO searchroom.
Before you subscribe, please make sure that the records you need are available as images. Some original records that have not yet been digitised (nonconformist registers, for example) are listed here for your convenience, but only records marked 'digital images' are available in that form.
To find a parish register, click on the drop-down menu above and scroll to the initial letter of the parish or town you need. Then select the parish and finally the name of the church. There may be several parishes in a town. From the summary results, choose the register for the period you need and click on the ‘view' button. If you have a subscription to Essex Ancestors, and there are images available, you will be able to view them. Please note that these images are not indexed.
To find an original will, select ‘New Search' and enter the name of the person who made the will (the testator) and the word ‘will'. Add a date range or a specific year if you wish (the wills date from between 1400 and 1858). Then click on ‘Search'. In your results list, any images are shown by a frames icon at the right-hand side. If you have a subscription to Essex Ancestors, you will be able to view them.
For further details of Essex Ancestors please watch the introductory video or see the Essex Ancestors User Guide or Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
For general information about visiting the Essex Record Office to search the records in person, or about using our search service or obtaining copies of documents, please see our website www.essex.gov.uk/ero.
For the official websites of Church of England parishes in the Diocese of Chelmsford (corresponding with the historical county of Essex), please click here.