Hertfordshire Archives and Libraries

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See also: England Archives and Libraries

Archives collect and preserve original documents of organizations, such as churches or governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books, maps, and microfilm. This section describes England’s major repositories of genealogical and historical records and sources.

If you plan to visit one of these repositories, check well in advance on their website for details about the collection, hours they are open, services, fees, and whether you need to book in advance. You should also find out if you need a “reader’s ticket” (a paper indicating you are a responsible researcher) and details of how to obtain one.

The Family History Library may have printed or microfilmed copies of the records you need.

Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

The county record office of the Hertfordshire County Council is Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies.

  • email: hertsdirect@hertscc.gov.uk
  • postal address: Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies, Register Office Block, CHR 002, County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8EJ
  • telephone 0300 123 4049

They have created a names index to their holdings: Hertfordshire Names Online. You may perform a simple search of all indexed records or search the following individual databases:

  • Apprentices (1599 - 1903)
  • Archive Catalogue (1100 - 1999)
  • Crime & Punishment (1825 - 1917)
  • Fatalities (1827 - 1933)
  • Marriages & Marriage Licences (1538 - 1922)
  • Miscellaneous Names (1786 - 1948)
  • Newspapers & Magazines (1758 - 2013)
  • Newspaper Pictures (1890 - 1953)
  • The Poor (1679 - 2013)
  • Tithe Awards (1837 - 1850)
  • Wills (1413 - 1857)

There is online access to their Archive Catalogue.

If you plan to visit their reading room then consult their Opening hours - plan your visit and the advice on ordering documents so as to be available when you visit.

Some documents may be ordered for delivery by email.

Public Libraries

The Hertfordshire County Council operate Hertfordshire Libraries.

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