History of Berechurch
St Michael's and All Angels' Church, Berechurch.
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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.
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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.
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.
St Michael's and All Angels' Church (from a print c.1823
More family and local history sources
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Discover how to explore newspaper archives. With millions of pages now online, there is always the possibility of finding articles featuring your ancestors.
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 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.
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).