History of Braintree
Braintree, Market Square 1900
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
Welcome to the home page for the History of Braintree 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.
Pigot's Directory of Essex 1823
Pigot's Directory of Essex 1823 - list of inhabitants.
Poll of Voters 1826
Braintree inhabitants who voted in the 1826 general election held in the Borough of Maldon.
Poll of Voters 1847
Braintree inhabitants who voted in the 1847 general election.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
BRAINTREE, a well built and improving market town, is partly in its own parish, and partly in that of Bocking, and >>more.
White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants. Also includes Bocking.
White's Directory of Essex 1863 - list of inhabitants. Also includes Bocking.
Essex Almanac 1866
Essex Almanac of 1866 - a description of Braintree and Bocking.
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants. Also see the entry for Bocking.
Braintree Criminal Cases
Court cases involving Braintree 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 Braintree.
Education in Braintree
Reports and returns on schools and education in Braintree.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Braintree became part of the Braintree Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
Images and Maps of Braintree
For images of Braintree see our article on Essex Images for Family History.
For maps of Braintree see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.
My Braintree Ancestors
Are your ancestors from Braintree? Why not tell us their story: My Braintree Ancestors.
High Street, Braintree
Low resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
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.
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 Braintree to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards
Books featuring Braintree from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Braintree.
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 Braintree, such as: Braintree 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.
Brief archeological history of Braintree on the Essex County Council's Unlocking Essex.
Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers
Newspaper archives are now a very important source of information for researching your family tree.
Try our example search to help you discover if your ancestors are in the British Newspaper Archive.
Braintree - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Braintree - 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
New options from Findmypast
Findmypast have announced a change to their offerings to UK family historians.
There are now three options: Starter, Plus and Pro. The big change is that Plus and Pro now allow access to the 1939 Register even on a monthly package.
Their website contains more information and sets out the difference between the options.
Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?
Postcard of High Street, Braintree.
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.
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