Colchester St Mary at the Walls, Essex Genealogy

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Guide to Colchester St Mary at the Walls, Essex ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Colchester St Mary at the Walls, Essex
St James the Great Colchester Essex.jpg
St James the Great Colchester Essex
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Colchester Borough
County Essex, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Colchester
Registration District Colchester
Records begin
Parish registers: 1559
Bishop's Transcripts: 1630; 1800
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Colchester
Diocese Pre-1846 - London; Post-1845 - Rochester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Colchester
Location of Archive
Essex Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

COLCHESTER, is a borough and a market town, it has a separate jurisdiction, and is the head of a union; it is locally in the Colchester division of the hundred of Lexden, and N division of Essex. It contains the parishes of Bere-Church, Greenstead, Lexden, and Mile-End. Colchester is situation on the River Colne.[1]

St. Mary-at-the-Walls was destroyed then rebuilt in 1713. The other parishes in the town are: All Saints, St. Giles, St. James, St. Leonard, St. Martin, St. Mary-at-the-Walls, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Nicholas, St. Runwald, Holy Trinity, St. Peter, St. Botolph, and St. John. The places of worship within the borough, in 1851, were Church of England, Independents (1863), Baptists, Quakers (1076), Wesleyan Methodists, Primitive Methodists, the New Church, Latter Day Saints, and Roman Catholics.[2]

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]

Colchester St Mary at the Walls parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[3]
BOYD = Boyd's Marriage Index (findmypast) - (£)[4]
ESSEX = EssexAncestors - (£)[5]
FSPRs = England, Essex Parish Registers, 1503-1997 (FamilySearch) - free[6]
NBI = National Burial Index (findmypast) - (£)[7]
Colchester St Mary at the Walls Online Parish Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1880-1912




BOYD

1561-1754


ESSEX
1561-1968
1561-1957
1559-1932
FSPRs Undefined
Undefined
Undefined
NBI



1791-1932
Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Colchester Arts Centre, St Mary at the Walls church .jpg

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. 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]

Colchester St Mary at the Walls on GENUKI

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

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) Adapted: Date Accessed 14 May 2013
  2. John M. Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England (1870-72) Adapted: Date Accessed 14 May 2013
  3. ‘British Isles Vital Records Index, “Genoot,” accessed 27 October 2014.
  4. 'Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,' Origins.net, accessed 12 June 2011.
  5. Essex Ancestors: Unearth Your Roots, Seax - Essex Archives Online From the Essex Record Office, accessed 3 March 2012.
  6. 'England, Essex Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records),' FamilySearch, accessed 2 September 2014.
  7. '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.