History of Southend-on-Sea

Southend-on-Sea © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.frithphotos.com
Marine Parade, Southend-on-Sea, 1898
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.

Welcome to the home page for the History of Southend-on-Sea 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.

For other locations in Essex use the 'Essex A to Z' in the navigation menu.

Pigot's Directory of Essex 1823

Pigot's Directory of Essex 1823 - list of inhabitants.

Poll of Voters 1826

Southend inhabitants who voted in the 1826 general election held in the Borough of Maldon.

White's Directory of Essex 1848

SOUTHEND, in Prittlewell parish, is a handsome town and fashionable bathing place, delightfully situated near >>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.

Essex Almanac 1866

Essex Almanac of 1866 - a description of Prttlewell and Southend.

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.

Southend Snippets

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 Southend-on-Sea.

Southend Criminal Cases

Court cases involving Southend residents - ongoing project >>more.

Education in Southend-on-Sea

Reports and returns on schools and education in Southend-on-Sea and listed under Prittlewell.

Southend-on-Sea Poor

Under the Poor Law of 1834, Southend-on-Sea (Prittlewell) became part of the Rochford Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.

Images and Maps of Southend

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

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

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My Southend-on-Sea Ancestors

Are your ancestors from Southend-on-Sea? Why not tell us their story: My Southend-on-Sea Ancestors.

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Royal Terrace, Southend-on-Sea.
© Copyright Julieanne Savage contributor to the Geograph Project and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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 Southend-on-Sea 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 Southend 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 Southend to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards

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

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 Southend, such as: Southend 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.

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Southend
print published 1834

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Essex Standard Newspaper

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Southend-on-Sea - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

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Southend-on-Sea - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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