When considered in historical
terms the place name Barnet is
complicated by boundary changes.
In the period of interest to most
genealogists using this web site the simple name
Barnet will normally refer to
Chipping Barnet - also known as
High Barnet, and this was
Barnet was a separate parish, also in
and New Barnet was housing area
built between Chipping Barnet
and East Barnet after the
arrival of the railway.
Barnet was a separate parish in Middlesex, and in most
Hertfordshire records is distinguished from the
Totteridge was a separate parish in Hertfordshire.
In 1905 the parish of
Arkley was formed from the
parish of Chipping Barnet.
Hadley (or sometimes just Hadley)
was a Middlesex parish which was
transferred to Hertfordshire in
In 1965 Barnet (i.e.
Monken Hadley and
East Barnet and Totteridge but administratively became part of
Greater London and many of the
older records are now held by the modern borough of Barnet - or with
collections of older Middlesex records. The modern
borough of Barnet consists of
the former urban districts of Chipping
Barnet and East Barnet,
the urban district of Friern Barnet,
and the Middlesex boroughs of