Woodford, Essex Genealogy

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

Woodford, Essex
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Becontree
County Essex
Poor Law Union West Ham
Registration District West Ham
Records begin
Parish registers: 1638
Bishop's Transcripts: 1800
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Barking
Diocese Pre-1846 - London; Post-1845 - Rochester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (London Division)
Location of Archive
Essex Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

WOODFORD (St. Mary), is a parish, in the union of West Ham, the hundred of Becontree, and S division of Essex, it is 8 miles NE by N from London. The church was erected on the site of a former edifice, in 1817, and is situated in the lowest part of the village, on the west side of the London road. An episcopal chapel has been built and there are places of worship for Independents and Wesleyans.[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]

Woodford 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]
PALL = Pallot's Marriage Index (Ancestry) - (£)[4]
PRTS = The Parish Register Transcription Society - (£)[5]
Woodford Online Parish Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
ESSEX 1638-1978 1638-1918 1539-1834
FSPRs Undefined Undefined Undefined
PALL 1790-1837
PRTS
1638-1837

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

Essex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

  • St Mary, High Road, Woodford
    Baptisms 1638-1978
    Marriages 1638-1974
    Burials 1638-1899: ERO
    Burials 1638-1812: EoLFHS Publications

Woodford Wells Essex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

  • All Saints, Woodford Wells
    Baptisms 1874-1888
    Marriages 1876-1902: ERO
  • Holy Trinity, Hermon Hill, South Woodford
    Baptisms 1887-1964
    Marriages 1888-1975: ERO
  • St Andrew, Chingford Road, Woodford Wells. Formed 1888
  • St Barnabas, Snakes Lane East, Woodford Green
    Baptisms 1904-1969
    Marriages 1911-1970: ERO
  • St Paul, Manor Road, Woodford Bridge
    Baptisms 1854-1940
    Marriages 1855-1958
    Burials 1854-1960: ERO
  • St Philip & St James, Grove Hill, South Woodford
    Marriages 1952-1970: ERO
  • St Thomas of Canterbury (Roman Catholic), High Road, Woodford Green Formed 1894
  • Dr Barnardo's Homes (Boys), Manor Road, Woodford Bridge
    Baptisms 1911-1967: Barnardo
  • Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Derby Road, South Woodford
    Baptisms 1877-1953: ERO
Non-conformist Records[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]

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]

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 7 June 2013
  2. Essex Ancestors: Unearth Your Roots, Seax - Essex Archives Online From the Essex Record Office, accessed 3 March 2012.
  3. 'England, Essex Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records),' FamilySearch, accessed 2 September 2014.
  4. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm
  5. 'Parish Records - Coverage', The Parish Register Transcription Society, accessed 27 September 2013.