Essex Archives Online offers digital images of thousands of documents from the Essex Record Office (ERO), including historic Essex parish registers and wills.
A few images, mainly of pictorial material, are available to view free of charge, but to see other images outside the ERO Searchroom you will need to register and then buy a subscription.
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On Sunday 26 February, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (GMT), essential maintenance will be carried out on the Council's financial systems. There may be times when it is not possible to buy new subscriptions to Essex Archives Online, and we apologize for the inconvenience that this will cause. Existing subscriptions are not affected. [Message posted on 17 February, 2.50 p.m.]
A subscription gives you access to these images:
175,000 images of original wills from Essex and eastern Hertfordshire, dating between 1400 and 1858. These can be found by searching the catalogue for the word will and a name, occupation or place-name. More information about what these records contain can be found in our subscription service FAQs
13,000 images of electoral registers for various years between 1833 and 1868, plus 1918 and 1929. To find these search the catalogue for Images (under 'Refine your search') using the search term electoral register. Add a place-name or date range if you wish.
SALE NOW ON. For a limited period from 1 January 2017 we are offering a 10% discount on subscriptions of 1 month or longer.
Subscriptions are available for various periods between 1 day and 1 year
These prices include Value Added Tax (VAT) at the current UK rate. Subscribers from outside the EU will not be charged VAT.
How to subscribe
Before subscribing, do please check that we have images of the documents you want to see. Images are indicated in the catalogue by a picture frames icon If you do not see the icon, the document is not available online, and you can either inspect the original in the ERO Searchroom (reader's ticket required) or order your own copy through our Reprographics service.
For more details on subscribing and terms and conditions, please see our subscription service FAQs