History of Dedham
High Street and Church, Dedham, 1907
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
Welcome to the home page for the History of Dedham 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 1847
Dedham inhabitants who voted in the 1847 general election.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
DEDHAM, a small and well built town which formerly had a market, is pleasantly situated at the north-east angle of Lexden >>more.
White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants.
White's Directory of Essex 1863
White's Directory of Essex 1863 - list of inhabitants.
Essex Almanac 1870
Principal institutions, schools, hotels, and individuals - Essex Almanac.
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.
Dedham Criminal Cases
Court cases involving Dedham residents - ongoing project >>more.
Education in Dedham
Reports and returns on schools and education in Dedham.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Dedham became part of the Lexdon and Winstree Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
Images and Maps of Dedham
For images of Dedham see our article on Essex Images for Family History.
For maps of Dedham see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.
My Dedham Ancestors
Are your ancestors from Dedham? Why not tell us their story: My Dedham Ancestors.
St Mary's Church, Dedham.
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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 Dedham to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards
Books featuring Dedham from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Dedham.
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 Dedham, such as: Dedham 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 Dedham appears in the Victorian Counties History on the British History Online web site: Dedham, A History of the County of Essex: Volume 10: Lexden Hundred (Part) including Dedham, Earls Colne and Wivenhoe (2001).
Brief archeological history of Dedham 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.
Dedham - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Dedham - 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?
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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