Vital Data on Hertfordshire Parishes
It is impractical to keep details of all the Hertfordshire Parish Records up-to-date on this site, as the amount of information available is rapidly increasing. The following on-line sources should be used.
For a 1851 map showing the extent of the parish. adjacent parishes and other information see familysearch
For a full list of churches in Hertfordshire, with hopefully up-to-date contact information, see the Church of England web site at www.cofe.anglican.org web site, or the St Albans diocese web site at www.stalbans.anglican.org. In some cases email addresses and web site details will be included. The site www.churchplansonline.org also contains useful information on some Hertfordshire parish churches. See also Hertfordshire Church Photographs
Parish and Nonconformist registers - try HALS for holdings in Hertford and familysearch for those available worldwide at LDS family history centres. It is worth checking which registers are on the British Vital Records Index.
Other Parish Records - See familysearch for those available worldwide at LDS family history centres. The Access to Archives web site contains many references to documents only available in records offices, including HALS.
Poor Law Unions: The Poor Law Unions not only ran the Workhouses but were also responsible for Civil Registration and for census returns. Ifn some cases the boundaries did not correspond with the county boundaries which means that a census return or a birth, marriage or death registration might turn up in the "wrong" county.
Place Name: For the origins of place names see The Place-names of Hertfordshire
Census Returns - See Census for availability.
Listed Buildings - See Images of England buildings listed, with description and in some case a photograph. The Hertfordshire Urban Survey Includes maps and a lot more useful information ob the development of the main towns.
Memorial Inscriptions - The Hertfordshire Family History Society has published lists for many parishes, which may be purchased. Some of the more prominent church and graveyard inscriptions were published in Cussans.
Militia Lists (late 18th century) - The Hertfordshire Family History Society has published lists for many parishes, which may be purchased.
Maps - See Old Maps for a detailed map in the 1880s - which now allows you to switch, multimap for the modern situation. See also Hertfordshire Urban Survey.
Trade Directories: These become more comprehensive through the 19th century, with only the larger places being mentioned in earlier years. Farmers are seldom mentioned before the 2nd half of the century.
War Memorials - Details of an increasing number of Hertfordshire war memorials, often with significant details of the people named, appear on www.roll-of-honour.com
Other: GENUKI may well contain other useful information. The Hertfordshire County Council site includes links to the various district councils which may well include pages on their constituent towns, villages and hamlets. These will sometimes include historical information, pictures, and links to other sites.
Modern Views - Geograph is an excellent source.
Offline Sources: The book Tracing Your Family History in Hertfordshire should be your bible for planning research. History books often contain information about the manors, church and more important land owners with Cussans and the Victoria County History being the most useful - and there may be something specifically for the town or village you are looking for.
PLEASE NOTE: Many parish boundaries were changed in Victorian times or later - information on adjacent parishes is based on the old parish boundaries. For more information on how boundaries can change see Boundary Changes
Links updated January 2008