Barking, Essex Genealogy

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Guide to Barking, Essex family history and genealogy. Parish registers (baptism, christening, marriage, and burial records), civil registration (birth, marriage, and death records), census records, history, wills, cemetery, online transcriptions and indexes, an interactive map and websites.

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Parish History 

BARKING, or Berking, is a town, a subdistrict, and a parish, in the district of Romford, Essex. The town is on the river Roding and on the Southend railway, it is 2 miles N of the Thames, and 7miles E of Bishopsgate, London. Its name is a corruption of Burging. The town has a station on the railway, the post office is under London E, there are three dissenting chapels, and a Roman Catholic chapel.[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 Barking Parish Register Images and Indexes
Images 1558-1991 EssexAncestors[2] 1558-1958 EssexAncestors[2] 1558-1947 EssexAncestors[2]
Indexes 1813-1827
FreeREG[3] 1558-1753 FindMyPast[4] 1558-1849 FindMyPast[5]
1813-1837 FreeREG[3] 1848-1878 FindMyPast[6]
1852-1900 FreeREG[3]

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 includes images for the town churches including St Margaret. See also

St Alban baptisms and Marriages,St Erkenwald, St Patrick (formerly the Church of the Ascension) St Paul

Barking Congregational Church, Barking Hospital Upney Lane,Barking meeting (Society of Friends) Bishop's Transcripts burials in parish churchyard, Shaftesbury Society Greatfields Hall, King Edward's Road marriages,

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 241361.

Poor Law Unions

Romford Poor Law Union, Essex

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. Wilson, John M., Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870. Date accessed: 22 May 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Essex Ancestors: Unearth Your Roots, Seax - Essex Archives Online From the Essex Record Office, accessed 3 March 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Essex Coverage in FreeReg, FreeREG, accessed 15 April 2012.
  4. "Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,", accessed 12 June 2011; Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd., 1994). FHL Book 942 K22L 1994
  5. "Boyd's London Burials Index - places and counts," Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes adult male burials only.
  6. 'Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage,' Find My Past, accessed 11 April 2012. For a breakdown of missing years, see 'National Burial Index - Coverage: Essex,' Federation of Family History Societies, accessed 23 April 2012.