Unless otherwise stated, all events take place at the Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT. Most events must be booked in advance; please telephone 033301 32500. You can download a PDF of our full events programme for April 2015 – March 2016 here.


Discover: Parish Registers (1538-present)

Parish registers contain information of great value to the family historian, but they may seem daunting if you have not used them before. This session will explain what you might expect to discover in parish registers and how to get the best from them.

Tuesday 21 July, 10.00am-12.00noon

Tickets: £10.00

Please book in advance on 033301 32500


Searchroom Tour

This forty-five minute tour will show you how to get the very best from the Record Office’s Searchroom and is ideal if you are just starting your research. The tour includes an introduction to Seax and Essex Ancestors, microfiche and microfilm, maps, the Essex Sound and Video Archive and the ERO library.

Tuesday 18 August, 10.30am-11.15am

Tickets: Free

Please book in advance on 033301 32500


Essex History Group: William Pynchon — from Springfield, Essex to Springfield, Massachusetts

A talk from David Powers for the Essex History Group.

Tuesday 1 September, 10.30am

Entry £1 including a cup of tea or coffee. No need to book.

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First World War Ancestors Helpdesk: Great Baddow LibraryIMG_0941

Throughout 2015 and early 2016 ERO’s Essex at War display will be touring various Essex Libraries. In addition, ERO staff will also be available at selected libraries for First World War Ancestors Helpdesks. These are an opportunity to seek advice on how to trace the stories of your First World War ancestors, or names on your local war memorial.

Thursday 3 September, 10.00am-3.30pm

Free entry, just drop in

Great Baddow Library, 27 High Street, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, CM2 7HH