Essex Society for Family History

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The Essex Society for Family History (abbreviated to ESFH) is a family history society, that covers the county of Essex, England. It includes the former parts of the county, Southend on Sea and Thurrock, which are now unitary districts. Parts of historic Essex now in Greater London, are covered by the East of London Family History Society and the Waltham Forest Family History Society.

ESFH was created in 1974 and is a registered Charity (290552).

The aims and objectives of ESFH are:

  • The advancement of the education of the general public in the study of British Family History, Genealogy, Heraldry and Local History with particular reference to Essex.
  • To promote the preservation, security and accessibility of archival material.

Many ESFH members have interests outside the County of Essex and the Society can offer help and support on a wide range of genealogical topics.

The Society holds regular monthly meetings consisting of a Computer Group meeting, Tutorial & Afternoon Lecture with speakers on relevant genealogical topics.

The Society main meetings are held at the Galleywood Heritage Centre, The Common, Galleywood, Chelmsford CM2 8TR.

The Society maintains Branches based at Colchester, Harlow, Saffron Walden and Southend-on-Sea. Monthly meetings with Speakers are held in all these locations.

The Society also maintains its own Research Facility at the Essex Record Office. This contains the Society Library together with several major databases, including its own Essex Burials and Memorial Inscription Index, with Computers and Fiche Readers for access.

The award winning ESFH web site hosts a Members' Surname Interests database to enable others with common interests to make contact with each other.

The Society produces its Journal three times a year.

ESFH is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies.

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