Rayleigh, 1951Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
Welcome to the home page for the History of Rayleigh 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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Rayleigh inhabitants who voted in the 1826 general election held in the Borough of Maldon.
Rayleigh inhabitants who voted in the 1836 South Essex election.
RAYLEIGH, a small ancient town, which formerly had a market, is pleasantly situated on the London and Rochford road >>more.
White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants.
White's Directory of Essex 1863 - list of inhabitants.
Essex Almanac of 1866 - a description of Rayleigh.
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.
Court cases involving Rayleigh 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's one for Rayleigh.
Reports and returns on schools and education in Rayleigh.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Rayleigh became part of the Rochford Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
For images of Rayleigh see our article on Essex Images for Family History.
For maps of Rayleigh see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.
Are your ancestors from Rayleigh? Why not tell us their story: My Rayleigh Ancestors.
Rayleigh (date unknown).© Copyright Peter Rowlinson contributor to the Geograph Project and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
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Search for Rayleigh census returns at Ancestry.co.uk.
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Search for Rayleigh census returns at Findmypast.co.uk.
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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 Rayleigh to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards
Books featuring Rayleigh from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Rayleigh.
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 Rayleigh, such as: Rayleigh 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 Rayleigh on the Essex County Council's Unlocking Essex.
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
Rayleigh - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Rayleigh - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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.