Canvey Island, the Beach c1955
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
Welcome to the home page for the History of Canvey Island and its inhabitants.
Below you find links to a range of sources transcribed by History House. Further below under 'more family and local history sources' you will find additional links to help you.
For other locations in Essex use the 'Essex A to Z' in the navigation menu.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
CANVEY ISLAND, is divided among eight parishes, and has 277 inhabitants, and about 3600 acres of rich grazing >>more.
Directories of Essex 1848, 1863 and 1874
Directories of Essex 1848, 1863 and 1874 - list of inhabitants.
Canvey Island Poor
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Canvey Island was shared by parishes in the Benfleet area, Billericay Union. Added later as a parish in its own right in the Rochford Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
Images and Maps of Canvey Island
For images of Canvey Island see our article on Essex Images for Family History.
For maps of Canvey Island see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.
The Village, Canvey Island
Low resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
More family and local history sources
New to researching your family tree or unsure where to find information? Take a look at our Your Ancestors section of the website. It contains tips, advice, links to resources, and stories.
Discover how to explore newspaper archives. With millions of pages now online, there is always the possibility of finding articles featuring your ancestors.
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.
Find census returns for this location at Ancestry.co.uk.
Find census returns for this location at Findmypast.co.uk.
All types of objects relating to family history are sold on Ebay. Photographs, copies of Wills, house conveyancing, bills of sale, and much, much more. See our article Essex Ancestors on eBay
If you're looking for pictures of Canvey Island to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards
The Essex Record Office 'ERO' is an excellent starting point for research. The ERO has an online catalogue by the name of Essex Archives Online which includes parish registers. Access to both via the ERO's homepage.
Also try FreeReg: a database of parish registers transcribed by volunteers. The Essex coverage is increasing each day.
Website with some brief information on the history of Canvey Island Island Net.
Web site with some history of Canvey Island, census returns and photographs.
Canvey Community Archive with some history of the Island.