Bocking, Essex Genealogy

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Guide to Bocking, Essex ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Bocking, Essex
St Marys Church, Bocking Churchstreet, Braintree Essex.jpg
St Marys Church, Bocking Churchstreet, Braintree Essex
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Hinckford
County Essex
Poor Law Union Braintree
Registration District Braintree
Records begin
Parish registers: 1558
Bishop's Transcripts: 1802
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Hedingham
Diocese Pre-1846 - London; Post-1845 - Rochester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Peculiar Deanery of Bocking
Location of Archive
Essex Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Bocking (St Mary the Virgin), is a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in Braintree district, Essex. The village stands on the left bank of the River Blackwater, it is on the Braintree railway, adjacent to Braintree; it forms a suburb of that town. There is an Independent chapel.[1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Bocking parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

BOYD = Boyd's Marriage Index (findmypast) - (£)[2]
ESSEX = EssexAncestors - (£)[3]
FREG = FreeREG - free[4]
FSPRs = England, Essex Parish Registers, 1503-1997 (FamilySearch) - free[5]
IARC = InternetArchive - free[6]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[7][8]
NBI = National Burial Index (findmypast) - (£)[9]
Bocking Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images


FREG 1561-1605
1655-1670, 1906-1913
FSPRs Undefined
IARC 1561-1605
IGI 1561-1605



Online images are available Seax - Essex Archives Online From the Essex Record Office

Bocking St Mary the Virgin parish register, Bishop's transcripts, transcripts and 1793 and 1807 census

Bocking St Peter (in the Fields) parish registers

Records online for Bocking meeting (Society of Friends), Bishop's transcripts Burials, Bocking Congregational Church

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

  • Independent/Congregational
  • Protestant Dissenters
  • Society of Friends (Quaker)
  • Wesleyan Methodist

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Essex Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Bocking on GENUKI

Essex Ancestors - offers images of genealogical records for the county of Essex ($)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. John M. Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870). Adapted: access date 7 May 2013
  2. 'Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,', accessed 12 June 2011.
  3. Essex Ancestors: Unearth Your Roots, Seax - Essex Archives Online From the Essex Record Office, accessed 3 March 2012.
  4. Essex Coverage in FreeReg, FreeREG, accessed 19 April 2012.
  5. 'England, Essex Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records),' FamilySearch, accessed 2 September 2014.
  6. James Junius Goodwin, The First Register of Saint Mary's Church, Bocking, Essex, England. Baptisms 1561-1605; Marriages, 1593-1639; Burials, 1558-1628 (1903). Digitised by Internet Archive.
  7. Batches P008101, C008102, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Essex, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 20 April 2012.
  8. Batch M008101, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Essex, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 20 April 2012.
  9. 'Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage,' Find My Past, accessed 15 May 2012. For a breakdown of missing years, see 'National Burial Index - Coverage: Essex,' Federation of Family History Societies, accessed 15 May 2012.