Alphabetical list of Essex towns and villages and their histories.
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This list does not include those places which are now part of Greater London. A list of these can be found on the The East of London Family History Society's web site. There is one exception: Chingford. This is now in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. For this you could try the Chingford Historical Society

A useful resource for finding out contiguous parishes (those parishes that immediately surround a parish or location) is England Jurisdictions 1851 on

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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.
Try our example search to discover if your ancestors are in the British Newspaper Archive.

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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. Throughout this site you will find many examples of postcards you can find on Ebay, some orginals, others digitally restored and enhanced. To go straight to the ebay pages this link is formatted for .