History of Shelley
St. Peter's Church, Shelley.
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Welcome to the home page for the History of Shelley 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
Shelley inhabitants who voted in the 1836 South Essex election.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
SHELLEY, a small parish of scattered houses, between the river Roding and Cripsey brook, 1½ mile North >>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.
Kelly's Directory of Essex 1895
Kelly's Directory of Essex 1895 - list of inhabitants.
Shelley Criminal Cases
Court cases involving Shelley residents - ongoing project >>more.
Education in Shelley
Reports and returns on schools and education in Shelley.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Shelley became part of the Ongar Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
Images and Maps of Shelley
For images of Shelley see our article on Essex Images for Family History.
For maps of Shelley see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.
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 Shelley to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards
Books featuring Shelley from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Shelley.
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 Shelley, such as: Shelley 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 Shelley appears in the Victorian Counties History on the British History Online web site: Shelley, A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4: Ongar Hundred (1956).