Essex, England Genealogy

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Location of Essex in England
Essex is a maritime county located in the East region of England, and one of the home counties.

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Use an interactive map to find jurisdictions for each parish in Essex.

Civil Districts

When the civil (government) registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837, Essex was divided into registration districts, each containing several parishes.  To see a list of districts and the parishes they contained, click here.

Read more about England Civil Registration.


Click on the link for a list of the historic parishes of Essex.

Probate Jurisdictions

To see a list of Essex parishes and the pre-1858 ecclesiastical courts that had probate jurisdiction over them, go to Essex Probate Records.

Research Tools

Search the Essex Place-names site for locations throughout the county.


History House - the history of Essex. Dips into the history of its towns, villages, parishes, and its people; includes White's 1848 and 1863 Directories and 1874 Post Office Directory.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

England Essex Church of England Parish Registers and Bishops' Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

To view a further list of web sites and/or web pages for Essex and many of its parishes, visit

See other websites listed in the various Topics articles.