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Hertfordshire County Council

Trace your family history

Discover your family's past through our large collection of archives. You don't need to be from Hertfordshire and we can help you access worldwide resources.


Free access to UK and Worldwide resources

Use and for free at our Archives and Local Studies centre or at any library in Hertfordshire. lets you search resources in England, Scotland and Wales. You can find a range of resources here from school log books to parish registers. lets you delve deeper into your family's past, with worldwide resources at your fingertips!

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Lady in Hertfordshire archives using the resources


Archive catalogue

With records dating back to 1060, we have over 3 million documents available to help you on your journey of discovery.

You can search our online archive catalogue and contact us if you'd like to:

  • come in and view the documents you've found online
  • obtain quality images
  • order a copy of a document.

You can also search records from The National Archives using Discovery.


Come along to our monthly family history club to help you progress with your research.  

If you're stuck and need some help to get started, you can arrange a family history surgery where you'll get one-to-one expert advice. These can be booked on:

Tuesday to Thursday from 10am - 3.30pm
Friday from 10am - 12.30am
1 hour slots are available
£12.50 per session

 Man searching the family history archives