Essex, England Genealogy

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Guide to Essex ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

This article is about the county in England. For other uses, see Essex (disambiguation).

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County Information

In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Essex like this:

Essex, maritime co. in SE. of England; is bounded N. by Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, E. by the North Sea, S. by the river Thames, and W. by Middlesex and Herts; greatest length, N. and S., 44 miles; greatest breadth, E. and W., 57 miles; 987,032 ac.; pop. 576,434. On the coast are several marshy islands, such as Canvey, Foulness, Wallasea, Mersea, &c. Essex is one of the Metropolitan shires, or "Six Home Counties, " and took its name from the East Saxons. It rests upon the London clay, and is watered by the Stour, Colne, Chelmer, Crouch, Thames, Roding, and Lea; the surface, flat near the coast and the rivers, is undulating and sometimes hilly towards the NW.; the soil is generally fertile. ...

Parishes

Click on a letter for a list of Wiki page links to Essex parishes:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W

Use an interactive map to find jurisdictions for each parish in Essex.

Civil Registration Districts

List of Essex Civil Registration Districts.

 Websites

Records from this area are currently being indexed by volunteers. Come join the effort and help us index the Essex Parish Registers 1538-1900