East Mersea, Essex Genealogy

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Parish History

Mersea, is an island in Lexden district, Essex; it is on the right side of the mouth of the river Colne, it is about 3 1/2 miles WSW of Brigthlingsea railway station, and 7 1/14 miles SE of Colchester. The island is divided into two parishes, East Mersea and West Mersea.[1]

Mersea, East (St. Edmund), is a parish, in the union and hundred of Lexden and Winstree, in the northern division of Essex, it is 9 miles SSE from Colchester. The parish of East Mersea comprises 1844 acres, and occupies the eastern portion of the Isle of Mersea.[2]


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 East Mersea, Essex Genealogy Parish Register Images and Indexes
Images 1813-1939 EssexAncestors[3] 1837-1957 EssexAncestors[3] 1813-1996 EssexAncestors[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

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.

Web sites


  1. 1. Wilson, John M., Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales, publ. London & Edinburgh: 1870; see at: http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions
  2. 2. Lewis, Samuel A., Topographical Dictionary of England, publ. London: 1831; see at: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=445
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Essex Ancestors: Unearth Your Roots, Seax - Essex Archives Online From the Essex Record Office, accessed 15 May 2012.