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Essex Archives Online offers digital images of thousands of documents from the Essex Record Office (ERO), including historic Essex parish registers and wills.

A few images, mainly of pictorial material, are available to view free of charge, but to see other images outside the ERO Searchroom you will need to register and then buy a subscription.

 

 

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A subscription gives you access to these images

  • 590,000 images of Church of England parish registers from Essex and north-east London.  To find out what registers we hold from each parish, and to identify images available online to subscribers, visit our Parish Registers page For more details see our subscription service FAQs

    The Parish Registers page also describes the parish register name indexes available via Ancestry (the registers are not indexed on this site).  These indexes exclude some of the most recent registers, but otherwise they allow non-subscribers to click through into this site and buy individual parish register images by email.  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.

 

  • 175,000 images of original wills from Essex and eastern Hertfordshire, dating between 1400 and 1858.  These can be found by searching the catalogue for the word will and a name, occupation or place-name. More information about what these records contain can be found in our subscription service FAQs

 

  • 13,000 images of electoral registers for various years between 1833 and 1868, plus 1918 and 1929.  To find these search the catalogue for Images (under 'Refine your search') using the search term electoral register.  Add a place-name or date range if you wish, but please note that these images are not indexed by name. 

 

  • 750 images of Essex Industrial School admission registers, 1872-1914.  To find these search the catalogue for Document Reference D/Q 40.  These images are not indexed by name.  

Subscription prices

 

Subscriptions are available for various periods between 1 day and 1 year  

 

  • 1 day (24 hours) - £20.00
  • 1 week (7 days) - £30.00
  • 1 month (30 days) - £40.00
  • 6 months (182 days) - £70.00
  • 1 year (365 days) - £95.00

 

These prices include Value Added Tax (VAT) at the current UK rate (VAT registration GB1042528 13).  Subscribers from outside either the UK or the EU will not be charged VAT.

How to subscribe

  1. Register for an Essex Archives Online account, if you do not already have one.  You will be sent a confirmation email.
  2. Click on the link provided to validate your registration.  This will take you to the Essex Archives Online log in page
  3. Log in using your registration details
  4. You will be taken to the ‘My account' page.   Click on ‘Buy a subscription', choose your subscription length and enter your payment details.  The subscription will begin the next time you log in.

After paying, but before logging in, you have a 14-day period when you can cancel your subscription for a full refund.  By logging in within that period you will lose the right to a refund and you will be acknowledging that you have lost that right.  Once you have logged in, any refund would be at our discretion, and if given it could be subject to an administration charge.  See our terms and conditions for more details.  However, we will always try to deal fairly with you, whatever the circumstances.

Remember that Essex Archives Online is a complete catalogue of all the archives that we hold, not just of the ones that we have digitised.  Most archives are still available only as original documents.  Before subscribing, do please check that we have images of the documents you want to see.  Images are indicated in the catalogue by a picture frames icon   If you do not see the icon, the document is not available online, but usually you can either inspect the original in the ERO Searchroom (Archives Card required), commission us to search it for you, or order your own copy through our Reprographics service.

For more details on subscribing, please see our subscription service FAQs. If you still have queries after that, please contact us. E