Ancestors lost in the crowd?
New to family history research?
Perhaps these articles on our website may help:
Census 1841 - 1911
Birth, Death and Marriage Registration
The London Gazette
History of Shenfield
Welcome to the home page for the History of Shenfield and its inhabitants.
Below you find links to a range of sources transcribed by History House. Further below under 'more local history sources' you will find to links to other places on the web where you can continue your research.
For other locations in Essex see our alphabetical list of Essex towns and villages.
Poll of Voters 1826
Shenfield inhabitants who voted in the 1826 general election held in the Borough of Maldon.
Voters in 1836 South Essex Election
Shenfield inhabitants who voted in the 1836 South Essex election.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
SHENFIELD is a neat and pleasant village on the Chelmsford road, extending more than a mile eastward from Brentwood >>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.
Education in Shenfield
Reports and returns on schools and education in Shenfield.
Shenfield Criminal Cases
Court cases involving Shenfield residents - ongoing project >>more.
Images and Maps
Images and maps of Shenfield by Francis Frith.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Shenfield became part of the Billericay Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
My Shenfield Ancestors
Are your ancestors from Shenfield? Why not tell us their story: My Ancestors.
More local history sources
Discover how to explore newspaper archives. With millions of pages now online, there is always the possibility of finding articles featuring your ancestors.
Ebay is now a great source for 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. Browse through or type the name of the location in the Ebay search box. >>
Also on Ebay are legal documents on vellum. This link is formatted for Essex. (Sometimes I think these should be in an archive.) >>
Books featuring Shenfield from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Shenfield.
Search for Shenfield census returns at ancestry.co.uk.
The Essex Record Office 'ERO' is an excellent starting point for research. The ERO has an online catalogue by the name of SEAX and many of the parish registers are now available online. Access to both via the ERO's homepage.
If you are unable to travel to the ERO, we provide a professional archival research service.
Community web site with some of the history of Shenfield.
1881 Ordnance Survey Map from the British History Online web site (Essex: 067, Ordnance Survey 1:10,560: Epoch 1.0).
Ordnance Survey - type the place name in the gazetteer search box to view detailed map of Shenfield.
Heritage Gateway. Database of national and local records of England's historic sites and buildings. Includes records and photographs of all listed buildings, and historical and archaeological information on locations throughout England.