Search for your English ancestors with this vast collection of Essex baptism records. The records encompass more than 350 years of family history and will reveal your ancestor’s baptism date, baptism place, and parents’ names.
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 more than 2 million baptism records from 1538 to 1917. The transcripts were created from original parish registers. The original baptism records are held at the Essex Record Office. 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.