Your Privacy

Data Protection Act

The owner of this website, Philip George, is registered with the Data Protection Registrar. We will not share your personal information for marketing or any other purposes. We do not attempt to collect or collate personally identifiable information without making it clear we wish to do that.

Email addresses and names.

Your personal information is secure with us. If you supply your name and an email address to History House we will not share that with any other party unless you agree. Email addresses and their owners' names are stored and secured by a password known only to History House. If you have supplied your email address to us on the 'My Ancestors' section of the website, we will only contact you to clarify the information you have supplied or to inform you of useful information we have gathered concerning your ancestors or that someone is trying to exchange information with you.

If you email us direct at our email address then we shall reply directly to you. Your email will not be passed onto any other person without your permission.

Log Files

As with most other websites, we collect and use the data contained in log files. Log files are created by our website hosting company. The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider), the browser you used to visit our site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), the time you visited our site and which pages you visited throughout our site. This information does not tell us your personal information such as your name or address.


A cookie is a small piece of data created by a website and stored within your browser. Cookies are stored for different periods of time. Some last for just while you are visiting this website, others last for longer. For more information on cookies, including how to see which cookies have been set, and how to manage and delete them, visit

Cookies on this site are first and third-party cookies. This means that the cookies are supplied either by History House or by other websites. The reason for this and their uses, as far as we can identify, are detailed further below.

Of these third-party cookies, those by Google Analytics help us learn about what interests our visitors, how they found us, the browser they are using, and other statistics.

Other cookies are there for commercial reasons. History House is an amateur written, hobby-orientated website. We carry advertsiements to help pay for website hosting costs. If you follow a link or an advertisement to another website with which we have a business association (known as an affiliate), the cookies are used to track the fact that History House has referred you. We receive a small commission if you purchase an item or service from them.

None of these cookies placed by advertisers identify your name or address, nor any other personal identifier. Nor are we informed of your identity should you go on to make purchases from those websites. We are, however, provided with non-identifiable information such as statistics on advertisement impressions and clicks.

This is a list of all the cookies which your browser will register when visiting History House depending on which pages you view. By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

History House

  • Cookie Names: cookieconsent_dismissed
  • Domain: by
  • Purpose: Controls the cookie acceptance policy which appears at the bottom of each page as required under EU Law. Contains no personal information. Policy disappears from the page once accepted.
  • Further information: Further information in this Wikipedia article

Google Analytics

  • Cookie Names: _utma_utmb _utmc _utmz_utmt
  • Domain: by but shown in the name of
  • Purpose: Contains no personal information. We use Google Analytics to help us bring good quality content to you and provide statistics on our visitors. It helps us identfy how visitors use the site, which browser they use, which pages are the most popular, etc.
  • Further information: Google Analytics and even more technical detail on Google Developers

Google Advertisements

  • Cookie Names: test_cookie id IDE DSID
  • Domain:
  • Purpose: We use Google Adsense which supplies advertisements. When you visit History House, provides cookies. These cookies, quote: '...improve advertising. Some common applications are to target advertising based on what's relevant to a user, to improve reporting on campaign performance and to avoid showing ads that the user has already seen...' They contain no personal information. They were created to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to this website. The use of these cookies enables Google and its partners to serve ads based on your visit to our site and/or other sites on the Internet.
  • Note that if you are a Google account holder you may be receiving targetted ads based on your preferences set in your account.
  • For information on this complex area visit Google's Advertising Privacy FAQ

Francis Frith Photographs and Advertisements

  • Cookie Names: ahoy_visitor ahoy_visit ahoy_track split
  • Domain:
  • Purpose: We display photographs from Francis Frith. When you visit History House on a page with a photograph supplied by Francis Frith. these cookies are supplied by them. They contains no personal information. If you click on the photograph it will take you to their website. This is used by Francis Frith to confirm that History House made the referral and at what time.

Affiliate Window Advertisements

  • Cookie Names: AWSESS
  • Domain:
  • Purpose: We carry advertisements for Affiliate Window the agents for, the and genesreunited. When a link or image is supplied for one of these companies then this cookie is generated to track clicks through to these sites. It does not contain personal information. Advertisements

  • Cookie Names: session-id-time session-id
  • Domain: /
  • Purpose: History House is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to's products. When you visit History House on a page with an Amazon advertisement, Amazon provide two cookies. They contains no personal information. If you click on their advertisements this cookie is used by Amazon to confirm that History House made the referral and at what time.
  • Further information: For more information see Amazon's Cookies and Internet Advertising page. Advertisements

  • Cookie Names: npii
  • Domain: /
  • Purpose: We display advertisements for's products. When you visit History House on a page with an Ebay advertisement, Ebay provides one cookie. This contains no personal information. If you click on their advertisements this cookie is used by Ebay to confirm that History House made the referral and at what time.
  • Further information: For more information see Ebay's privacy page.

We also have Affiliate arrangements with, Cookies are not generated on History House by those websites. However, their url links do contain a unique reference number which refers to History House. This enables them to identify that we referred the visitor. In turn we are given non-identifiable personal information such as statistics on advertisement impressions and clicks.

Turning off Cookies

You can chose to disable or selectively turn off cookies in your browser settings. Below are links for the instructions for the most popular browsers. If you are using another device use the help section for that device.

If you are a website owner and thinking of copying this page for your website - don't. I'm not a lawyer. I cannot be held responsible for whether this wording is correct.

Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers

Essex Standard Newspaper

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

Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?


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.