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 family and local history sources' you will find additional links to help you.
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Shenfield inhabitants who voted in the 1826 general election held in the Borough of Maldon.
Shenfield inhabitants who voted in the 1836 South Essex election.
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 - list of inhabitants.
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.
Reports and returns on schools and education in Shenfield.
Court cases involving Shenfield residents - ongoing project >>more.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Shenfield became part of the Billericay Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
For images of Shenfield see our article on Essex Images for Family History.
For maps of Shenfield see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.
Are your ancestors from Shenfield? Why not tell us their story: My Shenfield Ancestors.
St. Mary's Church, Shenfield
Low resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
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 Shenfield census returns at Ancestry.co.uk.
Search for Shenfield census returns at Findmypast.co.uk.
If you're looking for pictures of Shenfield to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards
Books featuring Shenfield from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Shenfield.
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 Shenfield, such as: Shenfield 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.
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
Shenfield - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
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.