Canvey Island, Essex Genealogy

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Canvey Island

Guide to Canvey Island, Essex ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Canvey Island, Essex
Former St Katharine Canvey Island contributor Ron Galliers.jpg
Former St Katharine Canvey Island contributor Ron Galliers
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Barstable; Rochford
County Essex
Poor Law Union Rochford
Registration District Billericay; Rochford
Records begin
Parish registers: 1819
Bishop's Transcripts: 1813
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Rochford
Diocese Pre-1846 - London; Post-1845 - Rochester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex
Location of Archive
Essex Record Office

Chapel History

CANVEY ISLAND, is a chapelry, partly in the parishes ofNorth and South Benfleet, BowersGifford, Laindon, Pitsea, and Vange, in the union of Billericay, the hundred of Barstable, and partly in the parishes of Leigh, Prettlewell, and Southchurch,  which are in the union and hundred of Rochford, S. division of Essex: the chapel is 6¼ miles (W. S. W.) from Leigh. This island is situated near the mouth of the Thames, . the chapel is dedicated to St. Catherine.[1]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

Online Canvey Island Parish Register Images and Indexes
Images 1819-1972 EssexAncestors[2] 1813-1938 EssexAncestors[2] 1861-1957 EssexAncestors[2]

1813-1938 findmypast[3]
Non-Conformist Churches

Dutch Church

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Poor Law Unions

Rochford Poor Law Union, Essex 1880 onwards

Orsett Poor Law Union, Essex 1837-1880

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Essex Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.


Essex Ancestors - offers images of genealogical records for the county of Essex ($)

Canvey Island on GENUKI


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) Adapted: Date Accessed 10 May 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Essex Ancestors: Unearth Your Roots, Seax - Essex Archives Online From the Essex Record Office, accessed 3 March 2012.
  3. 'Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage,' Find My Past, accessed 11 April 2012. For a breakdown of missing years, see 'National Burial Index - Coverage: Essex,' Federation of Family History Societies, accessed 23 April 2012.