History of Great Burstead

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St Mary Magdalene's Church, Great Burstead.
© Copyright John Salmon contributor to the Geograph Project and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Welcome to the home page for the History of Great Burstead 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.

Also see the town of Billericay which was a chapelry in Great Burstead parish.

Feature articles

How inhabitants of the sleepy village of Great Burstead were suddenly thrust into the front line of the First World War when a Zeppelin crashed in their fields. >>more

Poll of Voters 1826

Great Burstead inhabitants who voted in the 1826 general election held in the Borough of Maldon.

Voters in 1836 South Essex Election

Great Burstead inhabitants who voted in the 1836 South Essex election.

White's Directory of Essex 1848

BURSTEAD, (GREAT) or Great Burghsted, is a pleasant scattered village, near the head of the river Crouch, from >>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.

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.

Great Burstead Criminal Cases

Court cases involving Great Burstead residents - ongoing project >>more.

Education in Great Burstead and Billericay

Reports and returns on schools and education in Great Burstead and Billericay.

Great Burstead Poor

Under the Poor Law of 1834, Great Burstead became part of the Billericay Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.

Images and Maps of Great Burstead

For images of Great Burstead see our article on Essex Images for Family History.

For maps of Great Burstead see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.

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My Great Burstead Ancestors

Are your ancestors from Great Burstead? Why not tell us their story: My Great Burstead Ancestors.

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Parish Chest in the Church, Great Burstead.
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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.

Search for Great Burstead census returns at Ancestry.co.uk.

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 Great Burstead census returns at Findmypast.co.uk.

1841 Census | 1851 Census | 1861 Census | 1871 Census | 1881 Census | 1891 Census | 1901 Census | 1911 Census

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

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

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 Great Burstead, such as: Great Burstead 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.

The history of Great Burstead is closely tied to the history of Billericay.

Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers

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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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Great Burstead - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

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Great Burstead - 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

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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 already formatted for Essex Postcards. Browse through or type the name of the location in the Ebay search box.