Each record contains a transcript of original source material. The amount of information varies, but generally, you can find out the following about your ancestor:
There are 279,305 baptism records from 1538 to 1917. The transcripts were created from original parish registers. This collection is not intended to be a complete and comprehensive record of all births in Essex between the dates given. Some gaps exist and coverage varies from parish to parish across different time periods. You can access a full list of all the parishes available in the Useful links and resources section.
Essex is a large county in the south-east of England. Essex forms part of the Metropolitan Green Belt and lies just beyond greater London. The original Kingdom of Essex, founded by Saxon King Aescwine in AD 527, occupied territory to the north of the River Thames and east of the River Lee. In the 1640s, during the English Civil War, notorious witch hunter General Matthew Hopkins accused dozens of women of witchcraft. In Chelmsford, Essex, 23 women were accused in 1645. Perhaps your ancestor was one of them.
Search all of Findmypast’s Essex records to discover more about your ancestors. More records are available in the Useful links and resources section.
Start your search with a name and a year, then add more details to narrow your results by editing your search.
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