School log books on find my past

Over 300 log books and 130 admission registers for Hertfordshire schools up to 1914 are now available on

Log books start from 1862 when new laws required the headmaster of all schools that received a government grant to keep a log book. They paint a picture of school life and can provide information about both staff and pupils.

Schools are often at the heart of communities and these records can provide information for local and family history. Perhaps more surprisingly they can be used to trace extreme weather and the spread of diseases, as headmasters were at pains to record the reasons for poor attendance rates!

The admission registers are an excellent resource for family historians. As well as showing when a pupil attended the school, they also give the pupil’s address and their reasons for leaving school. Entries from between 1870 and 1914 have been indexed by name, although earlier records are also available on the site.