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Essex, England
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Record Description
Record Type Church
Collection years 1613-1971
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
Essex Record Office


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Non-Conformist Church records from the county of Essex containing baptisms and christenings, marriages, and deaths from the following religions in Essex: Society of Friends (Quaker), Dutch Reformed, Presbyterian, Congregational, Independent, Baptist, Wesleyan Methodist, Protestant, French Protestant, New Jerusalemite, and Methodist.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth

  • Name of declarant (often father)
  • Age, occupation and residence of declarant
  • Name of child
  • Sex of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names of parents, including maiden name
  • Names, ages, and occupations of witnesses (often godparents)
  • Residence of parents

Baptism

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Given name of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names of parents
  • Occupation of father
  • Legitimacy of child *Marital status of parents
  • Names of godparents

Marriage

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Previous marital statuses of bride and groom
  • Occupations of bride and groom
  • Residences of bride and groom
  • Birthplaces of bride and groom
  • Names of parents, including maiden names

Death and Burial

  • Date and place of burial
  • Date and place of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Age at death
  • Cause of death
  • Marital status of deceased
  • Name of spouse
  • Birthdate and place of deceased
  • Residence of deceased
  • Occupation of deceased
  • Surviving family members
  • Father of deceased, especially if infant
  • Occupation of father, especially if infant

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Record information from the index entry and cite the record
  • Search for children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Family members are often appear identified in church records.
  • Use the information to find the individual in civil records
  • If researching the nineteenth-century, census and civil registration records may be available

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person. Use the place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to help you decide whether you've found the right person.
  • If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
  • Try variations of given names and surnames. Nicknames or initial are sometimes used in records and spelling was not standardized until the late 19th and 20th centuries. Sometimes names were often spelled as recorders heard them. Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands.
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible matches and try expanding the date range.
  • Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Essex.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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