Essex County Public Records

Essex,England Public Record Office
Essex was one of the first counties in England to have its own record office.

Essex Record Office Wharf Road Essex, CM2 6YT

Phone Number:
01245 244644

Email Address:

Essex Public Records Office

Monday: 9am to 8:30 pm
Tuesday through Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm
Friday and Saturday: 9am to 4pm

The Essex Record Office has an online catalogue named Seax. There is no charge for doing a search on Seax, or viewing images except for parish registers and wills. To view parish registers and wills, you will need to register and buy a subscription to use Seax.
There is an extensive reference library located within the Essex Record Office. The library is filled with local history publications and book.
The record office is also home to the Essex Sound and Video Archive. This is a sound collection of the life and culture of Essex. In the archives there are collections of oral history, radio broadcasts, and talking newspapers. There are recordings from local and national musicians.
Records included in the care of the record office are:
• Public records
• Count Court records
• County council records
• Coroners
• Archdeaconry records
• Borough records
• Diocesan record
• Estate and Family records
• Rural Deanery records
• Business records
• Burial Board records
• Local Board of Health records
• Parish Council records
• Roman Catholic records
• Baptist Church records
• United Reformed Church records
• Society of Friends record
• Methodist Church records
• Miscellaneous nonconformist church records
• Parish records
• Charity records
• Rural District Council records
• Commissioners of Sewers records
• Turnpike Trust records
• Urban District Council records
• District Council records
• School records
• Guardians
• Printed Maps
• Parish History

Essex is a small non-metropolitan county on the southeast region of England and is north east of London. The population of Essex is about 1,730,000. It has an ethnicity makeup of about 97% white, 1% South Asian and 2% other.
Agriculture thrives in the lowland of Essex. Wheat, barley, and corn are among the more popular crops. Livestock graze the land as well. The coastal side of Essex is known for its oyster fishing. Industries, especially those is the electronic fields, are beginning to gain popularity due to easier ways of commuting.

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