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    Help with my Essex roots

    Hello,

    Still have had little progress with the following:

    Henry and Elizabeth Willis, christened my ancestor at Shalford in 1748. Have never found a marriage nor a christening for Henry
    William Thake and Elizabeth Ling, married in Wimbish in 1754. Don’t know when they were born or their parents
    John Jellis and Mary Chapman, married in Radwinter in 1771. Don’t know when they were born or their parents

    If anyone can shed any light, that’d be terrific! My Essex roots are the most stubborn to trace by far.

    Adam

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    Fortunately the essex parish registers are on seax. Unfortunately they are unindexed. If you're lucky freereg may have something. If not, look at surrounding parishes and trawl the registers.

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    I did wonder why they were virtually non-existent! Thanks. FreeREG and FamilySearch have bits and pieces, but I think the earliest date I have for anyone is about 1738

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    Essex parish records are in the process of being indexed on family search, this is undertaken on a voluntary basis and anyone can volunteer to help index them. It is very unlikely that you would find a hit if you did help with the indexing but it may be something you would be interested in. I have just seen your latest post, the instructions are to index post 1750, so it looks like legwork rather than internet to find anything pre that date.
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    Thanks for that bubblebelle! Yes, some counties are more available than others. No doubt bits and pieces will surface over time. I’ll just have to be patient

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    I think SEAX are quite expensive too for no indexing, so you need to spend sometime bookmarking everything and then pay for 24 hours and just download as much as you can!

    There are not many Essex newspapers either on BNA I have a big crowd from Harlow, and also stisted and villages around, and I really would love to find out loads about them, as I was born there, and my father had no idea he had ancestors originally from there. I am stuck at around 1800. I have been using FreeReg and have some downloads from SEAX
    Carolyn

    Researching:Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon
    Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
    Plant, Skinner - Lincs ....all moved to London
    Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff

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    I found close to nothing too! I did find a lovely, extensive obituary for my 3x great-grandad in the Essex Newsman I think it was, from 1914. Barring that, other than court testimony, nothing

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    ...just waiting for more newspapers to come! I guess I need to visit the archives in Chelmsford, but quite a journey from here. I have joined the Essex library on line, and was going to see what they had. I also know that Harlow Museum has records, so maybe your local Essex place has some?

    Frivolous fact - I used to work in Epping, Essex with someone with the surname Ling, never come across it since....wrong part of Essex I know!
    Carolyn

    Researching:Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon
    Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
    Plant, Skinner - Lincs ....all moved to London
    Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff

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    It’s quite a way from where I live too, but as village folk I doubt they did anything too scandalous. Ling is an unusual surname! It’s one I’d definitely like to learn more about.

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    There's some information about Essex records in the latest Lost Cousins newsletter - first item:

    https://www.lostcousins.com/newslett...efeb19news.htm
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