History of Chelmsford
High Street, Chelmsford, 1892
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
Welcome to the home page for the History of Chelmsford 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.
Poll of Voters 1826
Chelmsford inhabitants who voted in the 1826 general election held in the Borough of Maldon.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
CHELMSFORD, the county town, is pleasantly situated near the centre of Essex, at the confluence of the rivers >>more (covers several pages and includes Springfield and Moulsham).
White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants (covers several pages and includes Springfield and Moulsham).
Essex Almanac 1866
Essex Almanac of 1866 - a description of Chelmsford.
Chelmsford Criminal Cases
Court cases involving Chelmsford 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 are some for Chelmsford.
Education in Chelmsford
Reports and returns on schools and education in Chelmsford.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Chelmsford became part of the Chelmsford Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
Images and Maps of Chelmsford
For images of Chelmsford see our article on Essex Images for Family History.
For maps of Chelmsford see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.
The story of the building of the Shire Hall with its courts and grand assembly room, plus a tragedy >> more
My Chelmsford Ancestors
Are your ancestors from Chelmsford? Why not tell us their story: My Chelmsford Ancestors.
Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin, Chelmsford. Became a Cathedral in 1914
© Copyright Julian P Guffogg contributor to the Geograph Project and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
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 Chelmsford to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards
Books featuring Chelmsford from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Chelmsford.
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 Chelmsford, such as: Chelmsford 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 Chelmsford on the Essex County Council's Unlocking Essex.
Web site of Chelmsford Museum and Essex Regiment Museums.
Web site of the Essex Police Musuem at Chelmsford.
Web site with the history of Chelmsford Workhouse.
Chelmsford from Springfield Hill
print published 1834
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.
Chelmsford - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Chelmsford - 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 Duke Street, Chelmsford.
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 below already formatted for Essex and Postcards.