Photo/Lookup Service

Lookup Service

The Lookup Service covers local enquiries to check out information ie does a house still stand , is there a readable headstone etc.

Lookup enquiries are costed as per the photo service below.

Checks on Parish Registers at Essex Records Office can be made although they would be substantially more expensive as they involve a 50 mile round trip.

Another option for checks is via researchers who operate at the Records Office although these vary in price and can be quite expensive.

For details contact the Records Office directly and always obtain a costing before a commission..

Photo Service

One of the most common enquiries is from people who want photographs taken of gravestones, churches, houses, memorials that were connected in some way with their ancestors life or work.

Essex Family History is now able to offer to provide this service within the Dengie 100 area of Eastern Essex although there will be a small charge to cover costs.


How it works

You will be asked to provide specific details of the location and the object which you would like photographed .We will then go to the location and take the required photographs

The photograph will be available via JPEG digital file or conventional photo print for supply via E mail, CD , post depending on the format and your preferences.

We cannot of course guarantee that the place or feature that interests you is still standing. If there is any doubt and before any charges accrue we will take reasonable steps to verify existence.

The service is based in Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex , England although coverage can be arranged in many other parts of Essex.


Although the exterior of churches and churchyards are freely accessible the interior of most churches are only open by arrangement. If the church is normally closed, photographs of the interior of churches may incur additional costs to the church authorities and the provider.

Private Houses or other property

Most houses can be photographed although the image available may be limited by hedges, trees etc.

Normally the approval of the current resident is sought in which case approval to share the details of the reason for the photograph with the resident is required

UK law allows for photographs to be taken from public property (usually a public road) without the approval of the owner although this procedure will only be undertaken in specific circumstances.



 Please note that many gravestone deteriorate with time and sometimes can be difficult to read. Although superficial coverings can be removed most gravestone require expert cleaning to avoid long term damage. Examples of an old headstone that has deteriorate  is included above although the digital camera is able to extract the important details on the headstone allowing the full name and date of death to be clearly visible on a full digital print.

Many churches have removed headstones that have marked deterioration or are leaning at dangerous angles .Although there are many headstones for graves in this area in every church there are many unmarked graves. Please do not assume that tracing an ancestor's burial to a specific church will always result in a headstone to be found.

Most church wardens maintain records of burial plots and will conduct searches although quite reasonably this  service may cost a donation towards the church.

Maldon District Council owned cemeteries charge 15 per search.

How much will it cost?

The basic service which  includes a mileage costs and relevant digital photographs will cost  15 .

Photogaphs on CD or printed on 6 x 4 paper are also available at extra cost.

Photographs in the remainder of the country of Essex can be undertaken but this will involve additional costs to cover mileage.

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