This collection contains indexes of Church of England parish registers of burial records for the years 1813–1994 from Essex, England.
Both the British state and the church had an interest in record keeping, and a 1538 act of Parliament required ministers in the Church of England to record baptisms, marriages, and burials. In 1812, George Rose’s Act called for preprinted registers to be used for separate baptism and burial registers as a way of standardizing records.
Burials took place within a few days of death. Records generally list the name of the deceased, residence, burial date, and age at death. The early records may contain less detail.