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"A county in the east of England, lying on the German Ocean, bounded by Suffolk, Cambridge, Hartfordshire and Middlesex; and separated by the Thames from Kent. It is about 54 miles long, and 48 broad, and is divided into 18 hundreds. Its surface is level, yet sufficiently varied not to be monotonous; but, excepting at a few points, the coast is flat and marshy. The rivers are the Thames, the Stour, the Lea, the Chelmer, the Blackwater, and the Coln. The soil is varied, but on the whole it is an admirable corn county. It has also excellent pastures; and some woods of considerable extent, such as Epping Forest. It produces in addition to farm produce, oysters called natives, and some few textile manufactures. Chelmsford is its county town, Colchester is a place of some importance."
[Barclays Complete & Universal English Dictionary, 1842-1852]

Archives and Libraries

Essex - Archives and Libraries - links and information.


Essex - Census - links and information.

Church History

Church Records

Essex - Church Records - links and information

Civil Registration

Essex - Civil Registration - links and information.

Description and Travel

Thomas Cromwell. Excursions in the county of Essex: comprising a brief historical and topographical delineation of every town and village . . . (2 vols.). London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown (1818-19) [Hathitrust]


A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) by Samuel Lewis (Copyright Mel Lockie 2016) -  here is the section relating to the county of Essex.


The LDS Family Search Wiki has extensive resources for Essex Genealogy at county and parish level.

Essex Genealogy and Family History Resources - Ancestry (subscription).

Essex Surnames List, provided by UK Surnames.

Essex Look-up Exchange.

East of London FHS Name Index (Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham and Redbridge Boroughs).

There is a mailing list devoted to Essex genealogy, ESSEX-UK.

Family History Societies covering Essex .

Essex Family History website - the geographical area covered by this site is the rural area of Eastern Essex

Essex Genealogical Records - the Forebears portal to Findmypast and other subscription services.

Essex section of DustyDocs - "links to free genealogical websites containing parish records".


The History House website provides a very large collection of articles, directory and newspaper extracts, related to Essex and its various towns and parishes.

The Victoria County History of Essex - see VCH Essex and British History Online.

Emmison's Elizabethan Life series (Essex County Council, 1970-1978) - Titles: Home, Work and Land; The wills of Gentry; The wills of Merchants; The wills of Yeomen; Disorder; Morals and the Church Court. "Emmison was County Archivist for Bedfordshire between 1925 and 1938 and County Archivist for Essex between 1938 and 1969. His ‘energetic and imaginative approach impressed many’ and Essex was considered to have the leading record system in the country. In time the Essex Record Office became a publishing house for local history and Emmison became a prolific author. ..........His Elizabethan Life series ‘demonstrated the richness of sources for the period and his ability to relate local material to the wider canvas’." [Wikipedia]