Braintree, Essex Genealogy

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

Braintree, Essex
Braintree St Michael Essex.jpg
Braintree St Michael Essex
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Hinckford
County Essex
Poor Law Union Braintree
Registration District Braintree
Records begin
Parish registers: 1660
Bishop's Transcripts: 1800
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Hedingham
Diocese Pre-1846 - London; Post-1845 - Rochester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex and Hertfordshire Division)
Location of Archive
Essex Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Braintree (St Michael the Archangel), is a small town, a parish, a subdistrict and a district in Essex. The town stands on the River Blackwater, on the Roman road to Colchester, and on the Blackwater Valley and Bishops Stortford railway, it is 6 1/4 miles NNW from the Witham Junction of the Eastern Counties railway, and 12 miles NNE of Chelmsford. There are four dissenting chapels; within the sub-district of Braintree there are Independents, Baptists, Quakers, and Wesleyan Methodists.[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]

Online Braintree Parish Register Images and Indexes
Images 1660-1976 EssexAncestors[2] 1664-1957 EssexAncestors[2] 1660-1871 EssexAncestors[2]


1664-1837 findmypast[3] 1660-1873 findmypast[4]

Deposited parish registers Seax - Essex Archives Online From the Essex Record Office reference DP/264 Images are available online.

Bishop's transcripts for Braintree Microfilm copy of original at the Essex Record Office in Chelmsford.

Essex Record Office, Chelmsford, no.: D/CR 48.

Baptisms, burials, marriages, 1800-1830 FHL BRITISH Film 1702171 Item 8 Baptisms, 1831-1833, 1844-1864; burials, 1831-1833, 1844-1863; marriages, 1831-1833 FHL BRITISH Film 1702172 Item 1

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]
  • Baptist
  • Independent/Congregational
  • Particular Baptist
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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]

Braintree on GENUKI

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

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wilson,John M., Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870). Adapted: access date 10 May 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Essex Ancestors: Unearth Your Roots, Seax - Essex Archives Online From the Essex Record Office, accessed 3 March 2012.
  3. "Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,", accessed 12 June 2011; Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd., 1994). FHL Book 942 K22L 1994
  4. 'Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage,' Find My Past, accessed 11 April 2012. For a breakdown of missing years, see 'National Burial Index - Coverage: Essex,' Federation of Family History Societies, accessed 23 April 2012.