The UK site  closed for new orders on 30th September 2007 due to the retirement of Rod Neep. UK titles will continue to be available from the overseas sites in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Netherland and the USA. In particular the Irish site is continuing to publish books of UK interest.

It has been announced that the UK branch will reopen in 2011.



Web Sites of Interest

Archive CD Books

The Archive CD Books Project exists to make reproductions of old books, documents and maps available on CD to genealogists and historians, and to co-operate with libraries, museums and record offices in providing money to renovate old books in their collection. It provides good quality CD reproductions of old books at a very reasonable price and is continually adding new volumes to its collection.

Welcome to Archive CD Books Ireland.

A lot of our site is similar to the one you have been familiar with for the last number of years, but there are differences.  Firstly, while almost all of the titles published by the British group are available on our site, we have focused on publishing Irish resources as the team in Cinderford were working on British titles. Now that they have stopped, we will begin publishing resources for both islands. For example we have recently published the 1921 edition of "English Goldsmiths and their Marks", and also Barnard's "The Noted Breweries of Great Britain and Ireland, 1889-1891" which you can find on our site.

[Extract from email to members of the UK site.]

Books are loaned by libraries and records offices, purchased, or lent by individuals, in order that they can be made more widely available and it is possible to sponsor a book. As many old volumes are rare and the copies in records offices can get worn out by continual use, this is a very valuable enterprise which deserves to be supported. In addition, where the books are not indexed there are opportunities for volunteers to add indexes - making the product even more valuable.

By buying copies of the items that are relevant to your researches you help to support other books being reproduced on CD.

The current list of available volumes included many of nationwide interest and the following are of particular relevance to Hertfordshire.

The Visitations of Hertfordshire 1572 and 1634

The Gentleman's Magazine Library: 1731-1868: ... Hertfordshire ...

Universal British Directory 1791 (includes some Herts towns)

Lyson's Environs of London, 1811 (includes parts of Herts)

Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 (includes very good coverage of Herts)

1851 Post Office Directory for Hertfordshire

1851 Post Office Court & Trade Directory

1861 Census Returns for Middlesex (includes parts of Herts)

1866 Post Office Directory for Hertfordshire

Returns of Owners of Land 1873 - Hertfordshire

The Parish of South Mimms, by Frederick Cass, 1877

Monken Hadley, by Frederick Cass , 1880

Kelly's Directories of Hertfordshire - Compendium Set covers the years 1882, 1886, 1890, 1912, 1922, 1926, 1929, 1933 and 1937. (Now only available separately)

The Parish of East Barnet, by Frederick Cass, 1875

The Herts Genealogist and Antiquary Volume 2, 1897

Cassell's Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1898

Hertfordshire Little Guide 1903

Hertfordshire Session Records Books (Volumes 1-8 - not 9 or 10)

The 1861 Census for Middlesex, which includes small parts of Hertfordshire is now available.

The History of Watford

A Short History of Totteridge

The Corporation Records of St Albans

Highways and Byways in Hertfordshire

Other Titles which may be of interest.

Camden's Britannia 1586

London Marriage Licences 1521-1869

Ancient Funeral Monuments 1631

The Complete Parish Officer 1772

Paterson's Book of Roads 1808

The Complete English Lawyer 1820

Owen's New Book of Roads 1822

The Farmer's Almanac and Calendar 1849

How to Write the History of a Family 1887

Recollections of Old Country Life 1894

The Genealogists Guide 1902

The Registration Records of England & Wales 1837-1899


Page updated October 2007