Watford, Hertfordshire Genealogy

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England  Gotoarrow.png  Hertfordshire Gotoarrow.png  Hertfordshire Parishes

Parish History

Watford, is a town, a parish, and a district, in Hertfordshire. The town stands on Watling-street, the river Colne, the Northwestern railway and at the juntion of the branches to Rickmansworth and St. Albans. There are four dissenting churches, a cemetery and 2 chapels. The parish includes Oxhey, Cashio, and Leavesden hamlets. In 1851 there were places of worship for the Church of England, Independents, Baptists, Wesleyans, the Catholic and Apostolic church, and Latter Day Saints[1]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.


The Clement and Clement John Heaton family of Watford is listed in Family History The Journal of The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies July 1979 Vol 10 No. 69/70 New Series No. 45/46 pgs 236-242, 247.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Hertfordshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. 1. Wilson, John M., Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales, publ. London & Edinburgh: 1870 See at: http//www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/index.jsp