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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.essexcc.gov.uk/heritage/ero/default.htm
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): ESS

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Southend Library
Victoria Avenue
Southend on Sea
Tel: 01702 534100
Fax: 01702 612652
[email protected]
Contact: Susan Gough
Contact: Toby Evans

Opening hours:

Monday: 09.00-19.00
Tuesday: 09.00-19.00
Wednesday: 09.00-19.00
Thursday: 09.00-19.00
Friday: 09.00-19.00
Saturday: 09.00-17.00

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? No

Fee-based? N/A

Provided by local Record Office? Yes. See Essex Record Office

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations Not held

5. Census returns

1841-1901 for Rochford enumeration district

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Kelly's Essex 1846-1937 (incomplete set)
White's Essex 1863, 1848
Pigot - London, Beds, Cambs, Essex, Herts, Huntingdon, Kent, Middx, Norfolk, Suffolk, Surrey and Sussex 1839-1840
Aubrey and Co. Essex Directory 1928
South-eastern counties of England trades directory 1936-1937

6(b) City and Town Directories

Kelly's directory of Southend-on-Sea and district 1900-1974 (several years missing)
Benham's directory of Colchester 1958-1963
Essex County Standard Colchester 1964, 1965
Kemps Colchester and district 1969-1970
Kelly's directory of Chelmsford 1952-1973

6(c) Telephone Directories

Southend area 1944, 1951, 1953, 1969 to date (incomplete)
Southend classified/yellow pages 1982 to date (incomplete)
Essex, East Suffolk & East Herts 1938

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Southend East 1966 to date (1980 missing)
Southend West 1966 to date

7(b) Poll Books


8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992 microfiche edition for England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man

9. Unpublished Indexes


10. Parish Registers

Prittlewell (St. Mary's) transcripts:
marriages 1645-1812
burials 1645-1812
baptisms 1649-1812

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Family historyvol. 3 1985-
Family history News & Digest vol.9 1993-
Family tree vol.1 1984-
Genealogists' magazine vol.21 1984-

Essex archaeology and history complete

Essex countryside vol 1-
Essex journal vol 1-
Essex review complete
Port of London complete

Various local parish and school magazines

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Essex wills archdeaconry courts 1558--1603
Essex wills commissiary courts 1559--1599
Wills at Chelmsford 1400-1858
Calendar of assize records Essex indictments - Elizabeth I and James I
Visitation of Essex 1552-1634
Feet of Fines for Essex 1182-1580
Roll of men of Southend and district who fell for their country in the Great War 1914-1919

13. Other material

Wide range of lending stock from basic general guides on how to trace a family tree to specialist books on specific topics, plus some major reference works and subject bibliographies.

14. Guides to Collections


15. Local Record Offices

Essex Record Office
County Hall
Tel: 01245-430067

Other information