In the Local Studies Library, visitors can see printed and published materials. These include books and pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, parish registers on microfilm, directories, theses, maps, photographs, a range of CD-ROMS and access the internet. You can use the Ancestry and findmypast.co.uk websites for free in all Hertfordshire libaries.
Your family history - get started!
step one: talk to your family
Make a note of everything you know about your immediate family - names, dates of birth, marriage and death, where they lived and so on. Talk to as many older relatives as possible.
step two: look for clues
Are there any family heirlooms, such as photographs, personal letters or official documents? These items can provide important clues - for example, family bibles often have details of family events such as christenings.
step three: build your family tree
Your family tree is a way of organising what you know and what you need to find out. For help with drawing up your tree, visit the BBC's family history pages.
- Family History sources
We are equipped with all the resources and all the help you need to trace your Hertfordshire roots, plus a good range of resources for tracing ancestors elsewhere
- Local family history societies
Family History Surgeries Are you stuck with your family history research? This one hour session with a Hertfordshire Archives expert will guide you through the resources you need for the next steps in your search
- One hour pre-booked session 10.00 - 15.30
- Available Tuesday to Friday
- Cost £5
- Booking essential
Family history Links
- General Register Office
- Free BMD
- BBC family history page
- Family Search
- Hertfordshire Genealogy
- Society of Genealogists
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HCC is not responsible for the content of external web sites.