Use this site to search the catalogue of the Essex Record Office. There are written descriptions of every item in the archive, but not the full text of the documents. Some entries contain images of the item but a subscription is required to access enhanced images. It is free to search but some of the records are only available online by subscription. Subscriptions are available for various periods between one day and one year. For example one day (24 hours) costs £10.00, one week (7 days) - £20.00 and one month (30 days) - £30.00. A subscription offers online access to:
• 585,000 images of Essex Church of England parish registers - from over 400 parishes, covering the present county of Essex, including Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock, and also those parts of north-east London that used to be in Essex. Most registers date from 17th or 18th century onwards, but a few go back to 1538.
• 175,000 images of original wills from Essex and eastern Hertfordshire, 1400-1858 New