[From the Press Release]
This practical and comprehensive guide provides
an introduction to everything family historians need to know in order to trace
their ancestors in Hertfordshire. Every aspect of our ancestors' lives has
been considered, from their birth and baptism to their death and burial.
Examples of source material, together with photographs and drawings from the
collections at Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies, illustrate the text.
The book is thematic in approach and systematically covers all the key sources:
births, marriages and deaths; household and property records (census records,
electoral registers, tax returns, etc); records for specific professions and
occupations; crime and punishment (court records, gaols and transportation); the
poor and the sick; schools and education; military ancestors. It will be an
essential purchase for family historian throughout Britain and abroad whose
ancestors came from Hertfordshire.
In each chapter a brief background to the subject is followed by a description
of the kind of records you can expect to find, including their usefulness to
family historians, and details of where those records are held. The emphasis is
on sources available in Hertfordshire, and particularly those held in the Family
History Centre at Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS) in Hertford,
but all major sources are covered irrespective of location and web addresses
allow preliminary searching to be done online. A wealth of experience from
family historians and the staff at HALS is passed on in the form of tips and
Appendices provide useful addresses and websites, and also list in detail the
availability of essential sources such as parish registers, nonconformist
registers, and the whereabouts of wills before 1858.
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS) is the publicly funded archive
and library of material relating to the history of the County of Hertfordshire.
It is part of Hertfordshire County Council and the staff are experienced in
advising family historians. HALS has a Family History Centre offering the
most comprehensive collection of records for family historians in the county,
and experienced staff offer fee-based research for enquirers unable to visit.
Tracing your family history in Hertfordshire; Hertfordshire Archives and Local
Studies (HALS). Hertfordshire Publications (an imprint of the University of
Hertfordshire Press), 18 May 2003.
ISBN 0 9542189 2 2 Paperback, 160 pages, £9.99
My own reaction is that this book is an
essential introduction to kinds of records that are available - with key
references and tables where appropriate. Everyone seriously researching their
Hertfordshire Ancestors should have a copy and you can expect frequent
references to it in future answers.
At the time this page was last updated
second hand copies were available online
Page updated August 2007