The data online is contained in a number of tables.
You can set the check boxes to include or exclude specific tables.
Use the Search Box to search the selected tables for a word or words.
Set the list entry below to determine how the words are used, for example
"All of the Words" will only return records containing all of the words you have entered.
The Summary page only contains the main details from an entry.
You can click on some of the column titles to sort the data on that column
- a powerful facility. For example, you can sort by date, by name, by page, by occupation etc.
Sorting on Page will display records in the same order as the original document.
Click on Details to see all the details for a record.
Click on an entry in the Household/Address column to to see all the records for that address.
You may be able to click on More... to see more information compiled from other sources, or on View Image to see an image of the source document. These links will open in a new browser window.
More Information on the Details page may contain information relating to an entry but from other sources.
The Initials are those of the contributor:
[PG] Peter Godfrey, [RG] Ron Green, [RR] Rosemary Rainbird, [TM] Tony Millatt.
There is a detail list of the source of most of this information at
Summary of Parish Records held in Resource Centre .
Whilst every care has been taken with the transcription of information,
should you find any errors please
with details so that amendments can be made.
Baptisms at East Mersea Parish Church
Information covers 1942 to date.
It is derived from the church register and images of the register pages are available on the image database in the Museum.
Baptisms at West Mersea Methodist Church
Information covers 1904 to date.
It is derived from the church register and scanned images of the register pages are available on the image database in the Museum.
Baptisms West Mersea Free Church (Congregational, Union Church, Top Chapel)
Known in many registers as "Independent Meeting West Mersea".
Information covers 1765 to 1838 and is derived from the registers.
Baptisms East Mersea Strict Baptist Chapel in Meeting Lane
Information covers 1802 to 1896 and is derived from the registers.
The record of a baptism in the register will normally produce 4 records in the list
- for the person baptised, the mother, the father and the Minister.
Date column contains the date of the baptism.
Father's name [data3 and data4].
Mother's name [data5 and data6].
Marital Condition [data7].
Address or Place column contains the Abode, as listed in the register.
Minister name of the Minister, from the register. [Data1].
Search on keyword baptism if you only want to see Baptism records.
Information currently covers East Mersea, West Mersea, Abberton, Fingringhoe, Langenhoe, Peldon, Salcot and Virley,
Great and Little Wigborough for
the years 1841, 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 and 1911.
Census information is only available inside the Museum or
to Museum Members.
Date column contains the date of the census.
Address or Place
For 1851, on the Summary page,
this column contains the Household number. The census did not record an
Houses Uninhabited and Inhabited is on the census form for
1841, 1871, 1881 [Data1 and Data2]
or 1861 [Data2]
1891 and 1901 have Inhabited/Uninhabited [Data2] and number of rooms if less than 6 [Data1]
1911 has the and number of rooms [Data1]
Marital Condition (for 1911 should include the number of whole years married).
Age - for 1841 only, if the age was above 15, it should have been rounded down
to the nearest 5. i.e. 19 would have become 15. The rounding did not always happen.
Employer or Employed shown on detail display
- 1891, 1901, 1911 [Data9]
Whether blind or deaf and dumb shown on detail display [Data3]
Business of Employer (1911) [Data3]
Where born [data8].
Register of Electors
Information covers East Mersea for 1868-69, 1921, 1931, 1939, 1945, 1955, 1977, 1990 and 2001;
West Mersea for 1921, 1931, 1936, 1945, 1955, 1973 and 1978. Just a few entries have been transcribed for 1939 and 1951.
Electoral information is only available inside the Museum or
to Museum Members.
East Mersea Parish Church 1725 - 2011
(but some records are missing - see Parish Record Summary ).
West Mersea Parish Church 1625 - 2011.
Abberton Parish Church 1604 - 2012.
Fingringhoe Parish Church 1755 - 2015.
Langenhoe Parish Church 1721 - 1960 (after which the church was demolished).
Peldon Parish Church 1705 - 1980, 2004 - 2011 (1980 to 2004 register has not been located).
Salcott Parish Church 1959 - 2011.
West Mersea Methodist Church 1967 - 1993 and 1998 - 2000.
Mersea Museum has a microfiche copy of the records from Mersea and several
Marriage records are only available inside the Museum or
to Museum Members.
A marriage will normally produce 4 records in the list
- for the husband, wife, husband's father and wife's father.
On the summary screen, the Relationship field shows the role of the named person in a
Clicking on Details for any of these people will display a single screen with all
marriage details listed.
Other documents - mainly East and West Mersea and mainly 17th century or earlier.
Information is derived from Parish Registers, Hearth Tax,
Quarter Sessions/Assize Records, Wills etc.
Each record is based on a primary name and may include other names metioned in the document. Most documents are from Essex Record Office. A number have been transcribed and are linked to this database - follow the More... link. Most are only available via Essex Record Office - the ERO ID is listed in the record display.
Records in this list may be built up from any of the source registers.
Date where available, is the date of the earliest entry found.
Parish Register Entry where available, is the date or dates
of the parish register entries. [dob]
Address or Place - if a Hearth Tax record exists, it will be recorded here.
The column will include clues as to the address, if available.
Others Named [Data6]
Goods / Property [Data7]
Other References [Data8]
Document References Essex Record Office references for this data.
Link to document if transcribed [Filename]