Articles on the History of Essex
Stories about its people and places.

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Essex Maps for Family History
Adding maps to your family tree.

Essex Images for Family History
Adding location images to your family tree.

Parish Registers at the Essex Record Office
Digital images of Essex parish registers are now available on online at the Essex Record Office.

Workhouses and the poor of Essex
Looking for your workhouse and pauper ancestors in the archives.

The Condition of Essex.
A glimpse into the life and times of the straw plaiters, spinners, oyster fishermen and labouring men of Victorian Essex.

The Brightlingsea Tiles.
All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, contains unique memorials to parishioners who have lost their lives at sea - 213 memorial tiles, to be exact.

Essex History Trivia
The history of Essex contains some interesting and surprising facts, here are some examples.

Essex Police
Early history of the Essex Police and how to track down your Essex police ancestors.

The Bankrupt Directory
Essex bankrupts from December 1820 to April 1843.

The Jurist
Essex bankrupts covering most of the years 1843 to 1862.

Captain Oates
From the Essex countryside to the icy wastes of Antarctica.

The Scotch Colony
Scottish farmers who by hard work and ruthless economy brought a new look to the Essex countryside.

Chelmsford Prison (Springfield)
A description of Chelmsford Prison in 1842 and 1848.

Magistrates Courts in Essex in 1849.
A time when courts were held in a castle, town halls, pubs and even a private house.

Poll of Voters for Maldon in 1826
The general election in Maldon in 1826 and a list of the voters.

William Harvey
The re-entombment of the great physician at Hempstead.

Snippets: news items of interest on Essex. Visit the index to snippets.

Pathe News archives featuring Essex
Glimpse into the recent past with British Pathe newsreels.

Martello Towers of the Essex shore
From defending the Essex coast to a Digital Art centre.

Harry Gulliver's Essex photographs
Photographs taken of places in Essex around 1904 by amateur photographer Harry Gulliver. Includes street scenes, a church and now lost landscape features.

The perils of ballooning
Story of Joseph Simmons, a Victorian pioneering balloonist who challenged danger but ultimately crashed and died at Ulting near Maldon.

The Essex Reformatory School
A Victorian way of dealing with juvenile crime.

The earthquake of 1884
How Essex was hit by the strongest earthquake in England's history.

Arson in the Essex parishes
A look at a time when the farmers of Ardleigh and nearby parishes were faced with spate of arson attacks on their property.

The life and confessions of a burglar
Enter the Essex underworld: an account of a 19th century burglar and robber.

Body snatching
A gruesome story of body snatching at Little Leighs.

Dreadful railway accident at Brentwood
Fog descends on Brentwood causing a tragic accident in which nine railway workers die.

Toot Hill windmill struck by lightning
A miller's brush with death.

Two Zeppelins on bombing missions brought down in Essex villages
How inhabitants of two sleepy villages were suddenly thrust into the front line of the First World War when Zeppelins crashed in their fields.

Agriculture of the County of Essex - 1794
Contemporary report on the state of agriculture in Essex.

Does Darwin's Beagle lie in the Essex mud?
The final resting place of a famous ship.

Shire Hall, Chelmsford
The story of the building of the Shire Hall with its courts and grand assembly room, plus a tragedy.

The long-distance postman
Samuel Wyatt who walked over 225,498 miles delivering letters.

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Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers

Essex Standard Newspaper

Newspaper archives are now a very important source of information for researching your family tree.

Find your ancestors in the newspapers.
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Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?


Ebay is a good source of old images of Essex towns and villages. If you're looking for pictures to add to your family tree album, then try one of the auctions, or there are several 'Buy It Now' shops offering postcards which have been touched up and improved - so if you're unsure about bidding, try these. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards. Browse through or type the name of the location in the Ebay search box.