Canvey Island

Canvey Island, the Beach c1955, Essex.  (Neg. C237012)  © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005.
Canvey Island, the Beach c1955
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.

Welcome to the home page for the History of Canvey Island 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

CANVEY ISLAND, is divided among eight parishes, and has 277 inhabitants, and about 3600 acres of rich grazing >>more.

Directories of Essex 1848, 1863 and 1874

Directories of Essex 1848, 1863 and 1874 - list of inhabitants.

Canvey Island Poor

Under the Poor Law of 1834, Canvey Island was shared by parishes in the Benfleet area, Billericay Union. Added later as a parish in its own right in the Rochford Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.

Images and Maps of Canvey Island

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

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

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My Canvey Island Ancestors

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

The Village, Canvey Island © Copyright Footstepsphotos 2006.
The Village, Canvey Island
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.

Search for Canvey Island census returns at

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 Canvey Island census returns at

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

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

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 Canvey Island, such as: Canvey Island 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.

Website with some brief information on the history of Canvey Island Island Net.

Web site with some history of Canvey Island, census returns and photographs.

Canvey Community Archive with some history of the Island.

Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers

Essex Standard Newspaper

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.

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Canvey Island - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798


Canvey Island - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

This work is based on data provided through 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

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