Essex Archives Online

The place to search for historic records

Welcome to the catalogue of the Essex Record Office, where you can discover your Essex ancestors or the history of your home, village or town. This site offers descriptions of every item in the archive, but not the full text of the documents themselves. Some entries contain images of the item. For help please see our user guides.

Personal visitors to the Record Office searchroom need an Archives Card. If you don't have one, please sign up on the Archives Card site before your visit - but remember that you will still need to produce two forms of identification when you come. There is a list of suitable ID on the Archives Card site.  

To use our online subscription service you need first to register on this site (you don't need an Archives Card). But if you only want to browse then please just carry on.

Friday 25 September: Some emails from Essex Archives Online and other Essex County Council applications are not being sent correctly. This may include emails sent when users register or change their passwords, or emails with images attached.  However, the problem affects only a small proportion of users.  It is being investigated urgently.  If you have bought an image from Essex Archives Online and have not received it, please let us know (message posted at 5.25 p.m.)

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