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Parish registers

Parish registers record baptisms, marriages and burials in Church of England parishes. They are still being created today.  For the official websites of Church of England parishes in the Diocese of Chelmsford, please click here.

Parish registers are essential sources for family history.  The Essex Record Office (ERO) holds registers from over 400 parishes, covering the present county of Essex, including Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock, and also those parts of north-east London that used to be in Essex. Most parishes have registers from the 17th or 18th century onwards, but some go back to 1538.

Essex Archives Online includes images of all registers of baptisms, marriages and burials (excluding marriage registers from after 1957) deposited either in the ERO or with our partners at Waltham Forest Archives.  Please note that these images are not indexed. 

To find out what registers we hold, and to identify images available, select the first letter of the parish name in the list below, and then the parish and church that you need. 

The lists show

  • all the registers of baptisms, marriages, burials or banns from Anglican or other churches, or from cemeteries, and any transcripts of them, that are available through the ERO, and
  • the formats in which the records are available: either as digital images, or as microfiches or microfilms, or - if no copy exists - as original documents.  Only items marked 'digital images' are available in that form; otherwise, clicking on 'View' will simply show you the catalogue entry for the document.

Until 1812 many parish registers covered more than one type of event.  These registers will appear in the lists several times, but with the same reference each time.

To see images of parish registers online, please register and buy a subscription.  Images are free to view in the ERO Searchroom.


Documents held

Type of documentFromToReferenceFormat 
Register of Baptisms15601705D/P 204/1/1Digital images. Microfiche (1) View
Register of Baptisms17031791D/P 204/1/2Digital images. Microfiche (1) View
Register of Baptisms17921812D/P 204/1/3Digital images. Microfiche (1) View
Register of Baptisms18131971D/P 204/1/8Digital images. Microfiche (1) View
Register of Burials15641706D/P 204/1/1Digital images. Microfiche (1) View
Register of Burials17121790D/P 204/1/2Digital images. Microfiche (1) View
Register of Burials17921812D/P 204/1/3Digital images. Microfiche (1) View
Register of Burials18132002D/P 204/1/17Digital images. View
Register of Marriages15641689D/P 204/1/1Digital images. Microfiche (1) View
Register of Marriages17111752D/P 204/1/2Digital images. Microfiche (1) View
Register of Marriages17541812D/P 204/1/4Digital images. Microfiche (1) View
Register of Marriages18131842D/P 204/1/5Digital images. Microfiche (2) View
Register of Marriages18371917D/P 204/1/6Digital images. Microfiche (2) View
Register of Marriages19191931D/P 204/1/13Digital images. Microfiche (1) View
Register of Marriages19311942D/P 204/1/14Digital images. Microfiche (1) View
Register of Marriages19431950D/P 204/1/15Digital images. Microfiche (1) View
Banns register18241908D/P 204/1/7Microfiche (2) View
Bishop's Transcripts of Baptisms18001875D/CR 1Many gaps in years. Original. View
Bishop's Transcripts of Burials18001875D/CR 1Many gaps in years. Original. View
Bishop's Transcripts of Marriages18001837D/CR 1Many gaps in years. Original. View
Monumental inscriptions15001997T/Z 151/152Original View
Transcript of marriages17541812T/R 203/12On shelf in searchroom View
Transcript of marriages18131851T/R 203/1On shelf in searchroom View