History of High Ongar

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St Mary's Church, High Ongar.
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Welcome to the home page for the History of High Ongar 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.

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Voters in 1836 South Essex Election

High Ongar inhabitants who voted in the 1836 South Essex election.

White's Directory of Essex 1848

ONGAR (HIGH) is a large village on the Epping and Chelmsford road, about a mile North East of Chipping Ongar >>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.

High Ongar Criminal Cases

Court cases involving High Ongar residents - ongoing project >>more.

Education in High Ongar

Reports and returns on schools and education in High Ongar.

High Ongar Poor

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

Images and Maps of High Ongar

For images of High Ongar see our article on Essex Images for Family History.

For maps of High Ongar see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.

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My High Ongar Ancestors

Are your ancestors from High Ongar? Why not tell us their story: My High Ongar Ancestors.

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Primary School, High Ongar.
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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 High Ongar 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 High Ongar 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 High Ongar to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards

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

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 High Ongar, such as: High Ongar 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.

Excellent detailed information on the history of High Ongar appears in the Victorian Counties History on the British History Online web site: A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4: Ongar Hundred (1956).

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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.

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High Ongar - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?

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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.