Parish Registers at the Essex Record Office
Parish Chest, St Mary Magdalene, Great Burstead. The Essex Record Office now cares for parish registers in a slightly different way.
© Copyright John Salmon contributor to the Geograph Project and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
The Essex Record Office 'ERO' are custodians of the parish registers of Essex. After a huge project all the registers have now been digitised and there are hundreds of images available online, thus saving a trip to the Record Office.
Until June 2019 there was no online index available. Now this has been changed. Ancestry have now transcribed all the images. You can search the registers on Ancestry and then go the ERO to purchase a copy of the relevant page of the register.
Follow this link to Ancestry. Click 'Card Catalogue'. Search for Essex. Then you will have four options to search the Essex registers depending on date and whether Baptism, Marriage or Burial. Once you have found the entry you are seeking click ‘request image’ and you will be taken to the ERO where you can purchase a copy of the image.
Remember, do not just rely on a transcription, always check the original image to ensure is has been transcribed properly. The image may also contain additional information which has not been transcribed.
If you can visit the Essex Record Office in person, then it is free to view the image.
If you are not sure about the location of various parishes in Essex, a useful resource is England Jurisdictions 1851 on familysearch.org.
Also available at teh ERO are Wills. See our articles on Wills before 1858.
While on the subject of images, there are many other gems to find in other digital images provided by the ERO - just search their Catalogue under 'Images'. For instance:
Manor County Primary School, Braintree, junior school Admission Register which dates from 1894 to 1905 (E/MA 67/2) is a wealth of information. Child's name, dob, date admitted, place of birth, parent's name, address, occupation, place last school attended.
The Register of Electors 1918 (C/E 2/1/1) for numerous parishes in Essex listing all those eligible to vote in that parish.
Photographs of the damage caused in the Essex earthquake of 1884 (I/LS/COL/00043 and I/LS/COL/00067).
I hope that this has helped and encouraged your use of this wonderful resource supplied by the Essex Record Office.
Useful links: About the Essex Record Office