Welcome to History House
History House is primarily about the county of Essex but there are many other interesting things on History House including tips, advice, and resources to help you research your ancestors; and interesting and unusual stories from British history.
5,260 pages on the website - and more to come.
Colchester Castle 1892
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
The history of Essex
Essex has a fascinating past: from the haunting scenery of the salt marshes to its fields and picturesque villages, and from the River Thames to Britian's first capital and oldest recorded town. Dip into the history of its towns, villages, parishes, and its people with History House.
Essex A to Z
Detailed information on each town and village in Essex is available through the A to Z directory.
Each location's page includes extracts from the 1848, 1863 and 1874 county directories which detail the history of the location and a list of the main inhabitants. A useful resource for tracking movements of your ancestors between the ten-yearly census.
Other useful information may include voters in elections, education and schooling, criminal cases, paupers and workhouses, and suggestions on other websites which may help you.
New on History House
- The frustrations of a Census Enumerator - a witty poem
- 1895 Directory for locations Stanford Rivers to Writtle. Abberton to Stanford-le-Hope remain to be done
- 1805 Ordnance Survey map added to the home page for each Essex location.
- Smash and Grab - When was the first Smash and Grab?
Law and Order in Essex
Essex Court Cases
Ongoing project to create a list of Essex court cases with the names of those involved. Information extracted from 19th century newspaper reports and gaol calendars. Also a guide on how to find information on your criminal ancestors in Essex.
Essex Police Records
Index to the names of Essex police officers from 1840 - 1910, and a guide on how to find more information on your police ancestors in Essex.
1921 Census now on Findmypast
The 1921 census which gives details of almost 38 million individuals is now available on Findmypast. Start now to discover your ancestors. At the moment access is pay-per-view.
Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers
Newspaper archives are now a very important source of information for researching your family tree.
Try our example search to help you discover if your ancestors are in the British Newspaper Archive.
Find your Essex Ancestors in the Parish Registers
The Essex Record Office 'ERO' are custodians of the parish registers of Essex. Ancestry.co.uk have now transcribed the entire collection of Essex parish registers. Search now on Ancestry for your Essex ancestors. Then on the results page click on ‘request image’ and you will be taken to the ERO website where you can purchase an image of the relevant page.
Visit our Parish Registers of Essex page for more information.
Articles on Essex History, Researching Your Ancestors, and British History
Buried in wool
At look at why your ancestors may have been 'buried in wool'.
When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. Here are some examples, or look at our index to snippets.