The LDS web site


Many Genealogy web sites are continually being updated and it is impossible for me to monitor all these changes. You should therefore visit this web site to discover the facilities currently offered.


This is the most important Free Genealogy web site, and is run by the Church of Latter Day Saints. The plan is to make most records available online (with supporting document images) so that it will no longer be necessary to visit their Family History Centres to arrange to view microfilms, etc.

Rather than try and give a detailed review here I will simply say "If you haven't used it yet - get online and try it out."

A particularly useful feature is the England Jurisdictions 1851 which provides the following information on Bishop's Hatfield.

Bishop's Hatfield is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Hertfordshire. Totteridge is a chapelry of Bishop's Hatfield

Other places in the parish include: Woodside, Newgate Street and Roe Green 

Parish records begin 1653, Bishop's transcripts 1603

Non-Church of England denominations identified in Bishop's Hatfield include Baptist, Independent / Congregational, Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist

Parish   Bishop's Hatfield  

For each of the jurisictions it is possible to get an appropriate map

County   Hertfordshire  
Civil Registration District   Hatfield  
Probate Court   Court of the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon (Hitchin Division)  
Diocese   Post 1844 - Rochester, Pre 1845 -Lincoln  
Rural Deanery   Hertford  
Poor Law Union   Hatfield  
:Hundred   Broadwater  
Province   Canterbury  

In addition you can get details of contiguous parishes - or those within a given distance, plus

From Hertfordshire Genealogy News, November 2011

Missing Records on Familysearch

The following note appeared on the latest Lost Cousins Newsletter
FamilySearch have at last admitted that some of the records included in the International Genealogical Index (IGI) at the old FamilySearch site are NOT included in the datasets at the new site. Whilst there are many new datasets at the new site, including some images, a recent email to LostCousins member Ruth revealed that some IGI records have not been included because of copyright issues. In the circumstances my advice is to use both sites - each has a link to the other from its home page. You'll also benefit from the different search techniques.
Well yes - but go carefully. One of the problems with the IGI was that it contained information from family trees which contained errors - and in the past I have helped many people who had been led up the garden path by such wrong or misleading entries.It is clear that at least some of the "missing" entries were this unreliable ones.
Later Note: The link to the old version has now been withdrawn. From my point of view the only disadvantage is that I can no longer check whether errors in information sent to me, taken from old family trees, originally came from this source.

If you can add to the information given above tell me.