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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 links to parishes' official websites and maps of current parish boundaries please see

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 that have been deposited either in the ERO or with our partners at Waltham Forest Archives.  It excludes only baptism registers less than 16 years old and marriage registers from after 1957.

Please note that these images are not indexed on our site, except by place and date range. However, Ancestry has created name indexes to most of our images of parish registers, except the very latest ones. The indexes cover baptisms 1538-1918, marriages 1538-1935, and burials 1538-1994. Ancestry is a subscription site, but you can see it free of charge in the Essex Record Office or in any Essex library.  Users of these indexes on Ancestry can click through to Essex Archives Online and buy an emailed copy of any particular indexed image. This single-image service is quite separate from our subscription scheme.  Subscribers do not have free access to the click through service, but they may also find the indexes useful for identifying the entries that they need.

Many partial indexes are available elsewhere. For some free examples see FamilySearch or FreeReg.  Other indexes, such as the National Burial Index, may be available on CD or by subscription online.

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 baptisms18371906D/P 544/1/1Digital images. Microfiche (2) View
Register of baptisms19071961D/P 544/1/2Digital images. Microfiche (2) View
Register of burials18841985D/P 544/1/25Digital images View
Register of marriages18381911D/P 544/1/3Digital images. Microfiche (3) View
Register of marriages19121925D/P 544/1/4Digital images. Microfiche (1) View
Register of marriages19251934D/P 544/1/5Digital images. Microfiche (1) View
Register of marriages19341940D/P 544/1/6Digital images. Microfiche (2) View
Register of marriages19401949D/P 544/1/7Digital images. Microfiche (2) View
Register of marriages19491955D/P 544/1/8Digital images. Microfiche (2) View
Register of marriages19551960D/P 544/1/9Digital images (partial). Microfiche View
Register of marriages19601965D/P 544/1/10Microfiche (2) View
Register of marriages19651974D/P 544/1/11Microfiche (4) View
Register of marriages19741987D/P 544/1/26Original register View
Register of marriages19872003D/P 544/1/27Original register View
Banns register18381949D/P 544/1/12Microfiche (2) View
Banns register19501961D/P 544/1/13Microfiche (1) View
Banns register19611973D/P 544/1/14Microfiche (3) View
Banns register19741982D/P 544/1/15Microfiche (1) View
Bishop's Transcripts of baptisms18371859D/CR 393Original View