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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

  • 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.


  • 750 images of Essex Industrial School admission registers, 1872-1914.  To find these search the catalogue for Document Reference D/Q 40. 

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.  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 e-mail.
  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.

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, and you can either inspect the original in the ERO Searchroom (reader's ticket required) or order your own copy through our Reprographics service.

For more details on subscribing and terms and conditions, please see our subscription service FAQs