Hertfordshire Family History

This section of our website is dedicated to Herts Family History Resources and we hope it is useful to Family Historians and Genealogists researching people who lived in Hertfordshire in the past.  We’ll be displaying information on local Family History Groups in Hertfordshire together with Birth, Marriage and Death Certificate information and links to Herts Parish Registers.

Hertfordshire Family History search facility

Herts County Council have a useful family history search facility that displays information held by them. You can enter a name to see if any records are held for the person you are searching for.  The records include, Apprentices, Crime & Punishment, Fatalities, Marriage Licences, Newspaper Archives, Newspaper Pictures, Non Conformist Registers, The Poor, Tithe Awards, Wills.  Copies of the results can be ordered for £10 each item or they can be viewed for free at County Hall at Hertford at the Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies Department. Here is the link:

Hertfordshire Family History Society

This is an active society with meetings held most months on a variety of interesting subjects. Most of these meetings take place at Woolmer Green Village Hall.  Membership fees are very reasonable and a quarterly journal is distributed to members.

Births, marriages and deaths

We have listed below some useful Hertfordshire Family History pages by FindmyPast:


Hertfordshire Baptisms


Hertfordshire Marriage Banns
Hertfordshire Marriages

Burials – including memorial inscriptions

Hertfordshire Burials

Electoral register records

Wills & Probate records

Hertfordshire Probate Records – 1415-1858

Parish records

Hertfordshire Parish Registers – 1538-1988

Hertfordshire Newspaper Archives

Local Newspaper Archives and Historical Newspapers can provide invaluable information for Family History Researchers and are a great resource. Information on lost relatives and ancestors can often be recovered that is not found in Parish Records, or Censuses. At Family History, we are able to provide a direct link to Hertfordshire Newspaper Archives from a variety of historical newspapers, covering different time periods. Here is the link and information on the historic Hertfordshire Newspapers and the time periods they cover:

British Newspaper Archives – historic newspaper records in the Hertfordshire area
– Here is the link for news and records of the historical newspapers listed below.

Local newspaper recordsRecord years
Hemel HHemel Hempstead Gazette and West Herts Advertiserempstead Gazette and West Herts Advertiser1872
Hertford Mercury and Reformer1834-1837
Hertfordshire Express and General Advertiser1859-1871
Herts & Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow1898
Herts Advertiser1866-1895
Herts Guardian, Agricultural Journal, and General Advertiser 1852-1867
Watford Observer1863-1909