West Mersea, Essex Genealogy

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West Mersea

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

West Mersea, Essex
St Peter and St Paul - West Mersea Essex.jpg
St Peter and St Paul - West Mersea Essex.jpg
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Winstree
County Essex
Poor Law Union Lexden and Winstree
Registration District Lexden
Records begin
Parish registers: 1625
Bishop's Transcripts: 1639; 1801
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Mersea
Diocese Pre-1846 - London; Post-1845 - Rochester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Colchester
Location of Archive
Essex Record Office

Parish History

West Mersea or Mersea (West), is a parish in Lexden district. County of Essex it is 5½ miles WSW of Brightlingsea railway station, and 8 miles S W of Colchester. It comprises the western part of Mersea island, and there is a post office under Colchester.There are chapels for Independents and Wesleyans.[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

West Mersea, Essex Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

ESSEX = EssexAncestors - (£)[2]
West Mersea, Essex Genealogy Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
ESSEX 1631-1978 1625-1957 1678-1899

Online images are available Seax - Essex Archives Online From the Essex Record Office for St Peter and Paul See also West Mersea Congregational church.

Essex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

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

Lexden and Winstree Poor Law Union, Essex

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


  1. John M. Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Adapted 15 May 2013.
  2. Essex Ancestors: Unearth Your Roots, Seax - Essex Archives Online From the Essex Record Office, accessed 3 March 2012.