Shelley, Essex Genealogy

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

Shelley, Essex
St Peter Shelley Essex.jpg
St Peter Shelley Essex
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Ongar
County Essex
Poor Law Union Ongar
Registration District Ongar
Records begin
Parish registers: 1687
Bishop's Transcripts: 1639; 1800
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Ongar
Diocese Pre-1846 - London; Post-1845 - Rochester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex
Location of Archive
Essex Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Shelley, is a parish in Ongar district, Essex, 1¾ mile N of Ongar railway station. The post town, Ongar, is under Brentwood.[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]

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

ESSEX = EssexAncestors - (£)[2]
FSPRs = England, Essex Parish Registers, 1503-1997 (FamilySearch) - free[3]
Shelley Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
ESSEX 1687-1955 1709-1957 1687-1999
FSPRs Undefined Undefined Undefined

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]


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]

In 1613 the cost of poor relief was 20s. 4d. In 1776 it was £64. In 1783-5 expenditure averaged £89 a year. In the years of scarce food at the turn of the [19th] century it almost reached £300 and through the Napoleonic wars varied between £200 and £345. There was a parish poorhouse by 1776. In each of the three years ending at Easter 1815 there were 16 or 17 persons on 'permanent' outdoor relief and nine or ten persons who were relieved occasionally. In 1836 Shelley became part of Ongar Poor Law Union. [4]

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]

Shelley 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, date accessed: 18 May 2013.
  2. Essex Ancestors: Unearth Your Roots, Seax - Essex Archives Online From the Essex Record Office, accessed 4 September 2014.
  3. 'England, Essex Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records),' FamilySearch, accessed 2 September 2014.
  4. From: 'Shelley: Poor relief', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4: Ongar Hundred (1956), pp. 208. British History Date accessed: 06 February 2011.