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Parish History

GREENSTEAD, or Greenstead-Ongar (St. Andrew), is a parish, in the union and hundred of Ongar, and S. division of Essex, it is 1¼ miles (W. by S.) from Ongar.[1]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

Online Greensted-juxta-Ongar, Essex Parish Register Images and Indexes
Indexes 1790-1812 Ancestry[2]

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Online images are available Seax - Essex Archives Online From the Essex Record Office

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 241374.

Poor Law Unions

Ongar Poor Law Union, Essex

No parish records are known to survive except the registers. A few figures of poor relief are available from Parliamentary returns but these are probably not very reliable. In 1776 expenditure on poor relief was £11. For the three years 1783-5 the average annual expenditure was £29. By 1800-1 the annual expenditure had risen to £150, but in 1802-3 it was only £74.  Figures of expenditure on poor relief alone are missing for the years 1803-11; the poor rates, which also include administrative expenses and county rates, rose from £91 in 1803-4 to £255 in 1810-11.  The cost of relief rose from £174 in 1811-12 to £486 in 1819-20. The cost for 1820-1 was, however, only £144.
There was a parish poorhouse by 1776. In 1841 there were 'almshouses' belonging to the parish, situated at Greenstead Green, opposite Greenstead House. ( These had probably been provided by the parish for the accommodation of its poor: there is no evidence that they were a privately endowed charity. They had disappeared by 1873-4.
In 1836 Greenstead became part of Ongar Poor Law Union. [3]

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Essex Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) Adapted: date accessed 21 May 2013
  2. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm
  3. From: 'Greenstead: Poor relief', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4: Ongar Hundred (1956), pp. 62. British History Date accessed: 05 February 2011.


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