The Parish Church Registers

In Memory Of


As I have been working through thehistory of our family I have had reference to two major sources of detail. The published National Censuses which run from 1841 through to 1911 - that for 1921will not be made public for some time yet. These improve with detail as each ten years passes. They are not always easy to work with; sometimes people cannot be found -misspelling, absenteeism;awkwardness; illiteracy; ignorance; emigration are only some of the reasons.

I have also had access via the Essex County Council Archives web site to the Church Registers - but not those for the non-Conformist records which are available in the original form both in Essex and at the the NationalArchives.

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With the Church Records I have done my best, parish by parish, from the mid 16th century up to around 1911 which is the last tie in I have with the Census returns, to extract every Smith ever recorded. Again I must apologise for exceptions. Many of the earliest records are illegible or have suffered ill use and weathering over the centuries. Some have been lost or simply mislaid. I will have missed some entries unintentionally! Others will never have been recorded as there was an aversion to paying a tax of 3 penceper entry for several years. Others will have simply never been reported at all!

Because I have taken a literal approach to this whole exercise with a view to it being a simple way to access genealogy I have treated all Smith’s the same whether they be Smith, Smyth, Smythe or Smithe. If it is a matter of importance as to how these names may have been originally interpreted by the many scribes then please make reference to the source material in the Essex County Archives.

By avoiding the scheduling of a spreadsheet I have acted intentionally.

To me, this is not simply a series of lists and names with no meaning.

These are people who have lived, loved and died over the generations.

By entering them as I have, it is in my mind that this gives a little respect in bringing the memory of their names to life so that they are not simply recorded entries but become memories again. I have also sought to retain a little respect with regard to the dignity of those who gave birth without a married partner or those who lived or died in a Work House. The information, when it exists, is in the record if you really need toknow. Sometimes birth dates are entered. At others the cause of death is shown. Whilst I am producing a schedule via which people may be able to trace their own and other families back intohistory it has simply not been practical to show all of the information available. Please complete the detail search yourself.

You can subscribe directly to the Essex Archives and add to the lead I have given to you. I will not give access to the Essex archives via my own subscription.

Protestant Dissenters' Registry.

The increased requirement to provide evidence of birth led the Dissenting Deputies (representing Baptists, Congregationalists & Presbyterians) to establish a births register of their children in 1743 at the Dissenters Library. Originally for parents living within 12 miles of London it subsequently became open to anyone, regardless of distance or denomination, provided a fee was paid. It contains almost 50,000 births. Registered at Rev. Daniel Williams Library, Redcross Street, Cripplegate, London Start date April 6th 1743 End date Dec 30th 1837.

I have extracted about 1500 Dissenting Smith’s from the above records and they are shown in their parishes under DISSENTERS.

My whole intent has been to allow others to follow in my footsteps. By showing many of the original entries and by copying out others anybody wishing to advance on what has been done will have all the keys to hand and will start up and running rather than down and crawling.

Below you will find links to each of the Parishes that I have worked on so you can do your own research on some of the earliest links to see whether my deductions have been successful or are wishful thinking.

Comment on Certain Entries can be found HERE

This is an indication of the problem with some records !

Left click on a Parish below and it will open in a new window showing the Smith’s who have been born, married and died therein on the dates given.

This schedule is work in progressand will be developed as time goes by. Please appreciate that this is fairly demanding work requiring time and patience! It is now five years and counting!!


LAST UPDATED:

The files for Little Burstead were added on 2nd May 2018

The files for Great Canfield were added on 2nd May 2018

The files for Little Canfield were added on 2nd May 2018

The files for Little Chesterford were added on 15th May 2018

The files for Great Chesterford were added on 15th May 2018

The files for Great Chishall were added on 15th May 2018

The files for Little Chishall were added on 15th May 2018

The files for Little Wakering were added on 16th May 2018

The files for Little Waltham were added on 16th May 2018

The files for Great Waltham were added on 16th May 2018

The files for Great Warley were added on 18th May 2018

The files for Little Warley were added on 18th May 2018

The files for Great Totham were added on 18th May 2018

The files for Little Totham were added on 18th May 2018

The files for Great Baddow were added on 18th May 2018

The files for Little Baddow were added on 18th May 2018

The files for Little Leighs were added on 19th May 2018

The files for Little Maplestead were added on 19th May 2018

The files for Great Bentley were added on 20th May 2018

The files for Little Bentley were added on 20th May 2018

The files for Great Hallingburywere added on 20th May 2018

The files for Little Hallingbury were added on 20th May 2018

The files for Loughton were added on 21st May 2018

The files for Littlebury were added on 21st May 2018

The files for Little Thurrock were added on 22nd May 2018

The files for Mayland were added on 23rd May 2018

The files for Mountnessing were added on 24th May 2018

The files for Moreton were added on 24th May 2018

The files for Mucking were added on 25th May 2018

The files for Mundon were added on 26th May 2018

The files for Navestock were added 27th May 2018

The files for Nevendon were added on 28th May 2018

The files for North Benfleet were added on 9th June 2018

The files for North Fambridgewere added on 9th June 2018

The files for North Ockendon were added on 10th June 2018

The files for Ovington were added on 11th June 2018

The files for Panfield were added on 13th June 2018

The files for Pebmarsh were added on 14th June 2018

The files for Pitsea were added on 15th June 2018

The files for Plaistow were added on 25th June 2018

The files for Purleigh were added on 26th June 2018

The files for Ramsden Bellhouse were added on 27th June 2018

The files for Ramsden Crays were added on 28th June 2018

The files for Rawwreth were added on 28th June 2018

The files for Rayleigh were added on 2nd July 2018

The files for Rayne were added on 3rd July 2018

The files for Rettendon were added on 3rd July 2018

The files for Ridgewell were added on 5th July 2018

The files for Runwell were added on 5th July 2018

The files for Sandon were added on 6th July 2018

The files for Shenfield were added on 8th July 2018

The files for Sible Hedingham were added on 25th July 2018

The files for South Benfleet were added on 28th July 2018

The files for South Fambridge were added on 31st July 2018

The files for South Hanningfield were added on 31st July 2018

The files for South Ockendon were added on 1st August 2018


Principal Parishes
Essex Parish Map

http://www.thorganby.co.uk/essex/church-registers.html

Andrew Dudley-Smith 2016