England, Essex Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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England, Essex Parish Registers, 1503-1997 .
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|Location of Essex, England|
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What is in the Collection?
This collection includes Church of England parish registers from the county of Essex and dated from 1503 to 1997. Various parishes from Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Kent are also included. The registers contain birth, marriage, and death records.
Parish registers are one of the best sources for identifying individuals and connecting them to parents, spouses, and other generations. In July 1837, the government instituted the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. However, parish registers continue to play an important role because they are often more readily available than civil registers. Bishops’ transcripts are a backup source for parish registers that are missing or illegible. Information in parish registers and bishops’ transcripts can be verified against each other.
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List of Parishes
Aythorpe Roding (Aythorp Roothing)
Bradwell On Sea
Chignall St James
Dutch Village (Much Holland)
Eight Ash Green
Hatfield Broad Oak
Horndon On The Hill
Layer De La Haye
North Weald Bassett
This is an Index Only Collection. There are no associated images to view. The images below are samples, shown to give an example of what the records look like. If you would like to view the actual records, see the associated microfilm list here: England Essex Parish Registers, 1503-1997. For a small fee, you may view the images online: Essex Record Office($).
Baptism records may contain the following information:
- Baptism date
- Name of the child
- Sex of the child
- Legitimacy of the child
- Marital status of the parents
- Social class of the parents
- Name of the father and often mother’s given name
- May list the residence of the parents, especially after 1812
Marriage records may contain the following information:
- Marriage date
- Name of the bride and groom
- Age of the bride and groom
- May list names of parents or other relatives
- Residence of the bride and groom[[Image:England Church of England Parish Register
- Marital status of individuals and couples
- May list the dates that the marriage was announced (also called “banns published”). This normally took place on three separate occasions prior to the marriage and gave anyone with a valid reason a chance to object to the marriage.
- After 1754, the full names of witnesses are also given.
- After 1837, the full names of the fathers are given.
- May note if a spouse is single or widowed at the time of the marriage.
Death records may contain the following information:
- Burial date
- Name of the deceased. If the deceased is a child, the father’s name might be given. If the deceased is a married woman, the husband’s name might be given.
- Age of the person
- Residence of the deceased
- May give the sex of the deceased
- Residence of the deceased
How Do I Search the Collection?
To search for a person in a Church of England parish register, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Where the person lived and the corresponding parish
- When the person lived; if you do not know the time period, you must estimate it from what you know of more recent generations.
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
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What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?
If possible, you may want to search both the parish registers and the bishops’ transcripts since one is a handwritten copy of the other and might contain differences. Signatures in the records might be used to identify a particular individual by the handwriting style. Knowing the occupation might also provide you the opportunity to find other records about your ancestor. Also consider searching records in nearby localities (Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to the north, Herfordshire and Middlesex to the west, and London and Kent to the south).
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- "England, Essex Parish Registers, 1503-1997." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Church of England. Record Office, Chelmsford, England.
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