Canvey Island, Essex Genealogy

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England  Gotoarrow.png  Essex Gotoarrow.png  Essex Parishes Gotoarrow.png  Canvey Island

Former St Katharine Canvey Island contributor Ron Galliers.jpg

Chapel History

'Canvey Island (St Katharine, later St Nicholas), is a chapelry in Billericay and Rochford districts, Essex; encircled by the Thames, opposite the Hope, and adjacent to Benfleet railway station, it is 4 1/2 miles SW of Rayleigh.'[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]
Indexes 1813-1938 FindMyPast[3]

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection.

Census records

Index for the Census may be searched at FamilySearch Historical Records

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.

Web sites


  1. John M. Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (London and Edinburgh, 1870). Digital version at Vision of Britain.
  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.