Local history research

Discover your local town or search the history of your home, school or church.

There are 7 main places to look:

Take a look at the guides to our collections as well.

Help with your research


From 13 July, we can provide copying, research and some other services which require access to the collections. We can supply items from the Heritage shop subject to availability.

 We may be able to supply copies of some digitised documents - contact us at hals.enquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

If you're struggling to find the information you want, or are short of time, you can pay for one of our experts to do the research for you.

£18 – 30 minutes

See all fees and charges

After we've searched, we'll send you a report of our findings. 

You can then order copies of the documents or visit the archives to view them for free.

Local history groups