Hertfordshire Record Office

Hertfordshire Record Office preserves and collects documents relating to Hertfordshire.  These resources cover the period from 1060 to the present day.  They make these documents and records freely accessible to everyone who wishes to consult them.

The documents cover many subjects such as cemetery and burial records, census returns, coroner's records, electoral registers, hospital records, maps, newspapers, parish records, nonconformist records, school records and trade directories.  

Whatever the reason for your visit, whether you are tracing your family history, researching the history of a house or wish to learn more about your local area, you will find them helpful.  If you require assistance, the staff will be pleased to help you.

Information about Hertfordshire Record Office


Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies 
Register Office Block 
County Hall 
Pegs Lane 

SG13 8EJ

Telephone Number:

0300 1234049 



For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page and the their on-line indexes and catalogues page. This site is quite new, and content is being added all the time.  Collections include:

  • Cemetery and burial records
  • Census returns
  • Coroner's records
  • Crime and punishment records
  • Electoral registers and poll books
  • Hospital records
  • Maps

Collections also incorporate:

  • Newspapers
  • Nonconformist records
  • Parish registers
  • Poor Law records and workhouses
  • Trade directories
  • Vehicle licence records
  • Wills

Document References obtained by using the service may be used to order and view original documents in the Reading Room. You can search by using the online catalogue.  Covering the eighteenth century to the present day, this is an index to people, places and events containing over 500000 names.  

Opening Hours can be found by perusing the appropriate section of the Office's visit the archives page.

Free parking is provided for people visiting the Office but it may be difficult to find a space on days when meetings are taking place at County Hall. Visitors are allowed to use staff car parks on these occasions.

Power Points are provided for the use of laptops, and free wi-fi is also available.  It is possible to take photographs of certain documents, but some are fragile and easily damaged.

Hot and Cold Drinks machines are provided in a comfortable seating area within the building, and there is also the option to use the County Hall Staff Restaurant between 12.00-2.00pm.

Numerous restaurants, cafes and pubs are in the town centre, which is only a small distance away. People are advised to remember however that food and drink is not allowed in the Reading Rooms.

Books, maps and DVDs can be purchased from the Archives' shop.

Hertfordshire Record Office offers a Research Service for those unable to visit in person. 

The Archive is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)


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