Parish registers record baptisms, marriages and burials in Church of England parishes. They are still being created today. For the official websites of Church of England parishes in the Diocese of Chelmsford, please click here.
Parish registers are essential sources for family history. The Essex Record Office (ERO) holds registers from over 400 parishes, covering the present county of Essex, including Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock, and also those parts of north-east London that used to be in Essex. Most parishes have registers from the 17th or 18th century onwards, but some go back to 1538.
Essex Archives Online includes images of all registers of baptisms, marriages and burials (excluding marriage registers from after 1957) deposited either in the ERO or with our partners at Waltham Forest Archives. Please note that these images are not indexed.
To find out what registers we hold, and to identify images available, select the first letter of the parish name in the list below, and then the parish and church that you need.
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To see images of parish registers online, please register and buy a subscription. Images are free to view in the ERO Searchroom.