Birch, Essex Family History Guide

Birch is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Essex, created in 1813 from Great Birch Ancient Parish and Little Birch Ancient Parish.

Alternative names: Little Birch, Great Birch, Great and Little Birch

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1560
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1800

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BIRCH, a parish in Lexden district, Essex; 3½ miles SE of Marks-Tey r. station, and 5 SW of Colchester. It comprises two ancient parishes, Great Birch and Little Birch; and has a post office under Colchester. Acres, 3,069. Real property, £4,318. Pop., 940. Houses, 189. The property is divided among a few. Birch Hall is the seat ofG. Round, Esq. There are remains of a small castle. The living is a double rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £469. Patron, alternately the Bishop of Rochester andG. Round, Esq. The church of Great Birch is good; and that of Little Birch is in ruins.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

The following records are available free online.

Census

Census returns for Birch, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Birch, 1629-1630 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Birch (Essex)

Bishop’s transcripts for Birch, 1800-1879 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Birch (Essex)

Churchwardens and overseers records, 1713-1900 Author: Birch (Essex); Church of England. Parish Church of Birch (Essex)

Parish registers for Birch, 1560-1965 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Birch (Essex); Essex Record Office

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Churchwardens and overseers records, 1713-1900 Author: Birch (Essex); Church of England. Parish Church of Birch (Essex)

Taxation

Churchwardens and overseers records, 1713-1900 Author: Birch (Essex); Church of England. Parish Church of Birch (Essex)

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Lexden
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Colchester
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 - London, Post-1845 - Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1847 - Lexden, Post-1846 - Coggeshall
  • Poor Law Union: Lexden and Winstree
  • Hundred: Lexden
  • Province: Canterbury