History of Berechurch

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St Michael's and All Angels' Church, Berechurch.
© Copyright John Salmon contributor to the Geograph Project and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Welcome to the home page for the History of Berechurch 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

BERECHURCH or WEST DONYLAND, is a very small parish, two miles South of Colchester, having only 147 inhabitants and 6 borough >>more.

White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants (under Colchester).

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.

Berechurch Criminal Cases

Court cases involving Berechurch residents, an ongoing project, are in the Colchester cases.

Education in Berechurch

Reports and returns on schools and education in Berechurch.

Berechurch Poor

Under the Poor Law of 1834, Berechurch became part of the Colchester Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.

Images and Maps of Berechurch

For images of Berechurch see our article on Essex Images for Family History.

For maps of Berechurch see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.

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My Berechurch Ancestors

Are your ancestors from Berechurch? Why not tell us their story: My Berechurch Ancestors.

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St Michael's and All Angels' Church (from a print c.1823

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.

Search for Berechurch census returns at Ancestry.co.uk.

1841 England Census | 1851 England Census | 1861 England Census
1871 England Census | 1881 England Census | 1891 England Census
1901 England Census | 1911 England Census

Search for Berechurch census returns at Findmypast.co.uk.

1841 Census | 1851 Census | 1861 Census | 1871 Census | 1881 Census | 1891 Census | 1901 Census | 1911 Census

part of old deed

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 Berechurch to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards

Books featuring Berechurch from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Berechurch.

Books featuring Essex on Amazon. Just click the logo. This link is already formatted for Essex History in the book section. Refine the search to look for Berechurch, such as: Berechurch history.

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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.

Excellent detailed information on the history of Berechurch appears in the Victorian Counties History on the British History Online web site: 'Outlying parts of the Liberty: West Donyland', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 9: The Borough of Colchester (1994).

Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers

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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.

Also look at other newspaper archives and learn how they can help you research your ancestors. >>more

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Berechurch also known as West Donyland - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

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Berechurch also known as West Donyland - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

This work is based on data provided through www.VisionofBritain.org.uk and uses historical material which is copyright of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth. Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence BY-SA-4.0

Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?

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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.