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.
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.
On Thursday 23 October, from 6 p.m. (BST), there will be a short interruption of service to allow for essential server maintenance. We expect the interruption to last for 10-15 minutes [Message posted on 23 October, 1.15 p.m.]
On Sunday 26 October, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (BST), routine maintenance will be carried out on the payment system used by Essex Ancestors. During these hours it will not be possible to buy new subscriptions, and we apologize for the inconvenience that this will cause. Existing subscriptions are not affected. [Message posted on 17 October, 4.15 p.m.]
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. 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. Many original wills are not yet available as images.
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.