Essex Archives Online

The catalogue of the Essex (England) Record Office is now available online at It is the place to discover your Essex ancestors or the history of your home, village or town.

The new web site offers written descriptions of every item in the archive, but not the full text of the documents themselves. Some entries contain images of the item. If your search returns more entries than you require, try the advanced search.

Only registered users can purchase a subscription. You will need to register for an Essex Archives Online (EAO) account, if you do not have one.

Everyone can search for records on Essex Archives Online. However, images of some of the records are available online only to users who buy a subscription. A subscription gives you online access to:

  • 585,000 images of Essex Church of England parish registers – to find out what registers we hold from any parish, and to identify images available online to subscribers, visit our Parish register page
  • 175,000 images of original wills from Essex and eastern Hertfordshire, 1400-1858

All these images are high quality, and in colour. For more information about the service and how to use it, please read the subscription service FAQs at

One Comment

The Essex RO online catalogue & its scans are not new. The site was recently redesigned, which is probably why it is garnering new press.


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