History of Rayleigh
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
Welcome to the home page for the History of Rayleigh 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.
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Poll of Voters 1826
Rayleigh inhabitants who voted in the 1826 general election held in the Borough of Maldon.
Voters in 1836 South Essex Election
Rayleigh inhabitants who voted in the 1836 South Essex election.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
RAYLEIGH, a small ancient town, which formerly had a market, is pleasantly situated on the London and Rochford road >>more.
White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants.
White's Directory of Essex 1863
White's Directory of Essex 1863 - list of inhabitants.
Essex Almanac 1866
Essex Almanac of 1866 - a description of Rayleigh.
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.
Rayleigh Criminal Cases
Court cases involving Rayleigh residents - ongoing project >>more.
When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Here's one for Rayleigh.
Education in Rayleigh
Reports and returns on schools and education in Rayleigh.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Rayleigh became part of the Rochford Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
Images and Maps of Rayleigh
For images of Rayleigh see our article on Essex Images for Family History.
For maps of Rayleigh see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.
Rayleigh (date unknown).
© Copyright Peter Rowlinson contributor to the Geograph Project and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
More family and local history sources
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Find census returns for this location at Ancestry.co.uk.
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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 Rayleigh 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.
Brief archeological history of Rayleigh on the Essex County Council's Unlocking Essex.