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 local history sources' you will find to links to other places on the web where you can continue your research.
For other locations in Essex use the 'Essex A to Z' in the navigation menu.
Chelmsford inhabitants who voted in the 1826 general election held in the Borough of Maldon.
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 of 1866 - a description of Chelmsford.
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.
Reports and returns on schools and education in Chelmsford.
Sources of images and maps for Chelmsford.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Chelmsford became part of the Chelmsford Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
The story of the building of the Shire Hall with its courts and grand assembly room, plus a tragedy >> more
Are your ancestors from Chelmsford? Why not tell us their story: My Chelmsford Ancestors.
Discover how to explore newspaper archives. With millions of pages now online, there is always the possibility of finding articles featuring your ancestors.
Ebay is now a great source for 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. Browse through or type the name of the location in the Ebay search box. >> Essex Postcards
Also on Ebay are legal documents on vellum. This link is formatted for Essex. (Sometimes I think these should be in an archive.) >> Essex Manuscripts
Books featuring Chelmsford from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Chelmsford.
Search for Chelmsford census returns at ancestry.co.uk.
Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
Low resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
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.
Ordnance Survey Maps for the 19th century
The best quality images by far are from the excellent National Library of Scotland's website. They provide the Ordnance Survey's six-inch series for England and Wales between 1842-1952. Either as individual sheets, or a zoomable overlay layer (1888-1913) on modern Google and OS maps, or as a zoomable layer (1888-1913) side-by-side with modern Google and OS maps.
Or try the 1881 Ordnance Survey Map from the British History Online web site (Essex: Ordnance Survey 1:10,560: Epoch 1.0).
Heritage Gateway. Database of national and local records of England's historic sites and buildings. Includes records and photographs of all listed buildings, and historical and archaeological information on locations throughout England.
Chelmsford from Springfield Hill
print published 1834
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
Chelmsford - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Ebay is a good source of old images of Essex towns and villages. Throughout this site you will find many examples of postcards you can find on Ebay, some orginals, others digitally restored and enhanced. To go straight to the ebay pages this link is formatted for Essex Postcards.