Archives and Local Studies
Hertfordshire Record Office
Register Office Block
0300 123 4049
Hertfordshire Archives preserves and collects documents and records relating to the history of Hertfordshire.
These cover the period from 1060 to the present day and the Office makes these documents and records freely accessible to everyone who wishes to consult them.
Whether you wish to trace the history of a house, find out more about the history of your local community or research your family history, you will find the documents held of use. Should you require assistance staff are available to help at all times.
For information about Hertfordshire Records Office holdings, please visit the Office's Home Page and the Office's Online Indexes and Catalogues page. This site is quite new, and content is being added all the time.
Document References obtained by using the service can be used to order and view original documents in the Reading Room. You can search either by using the Online Archive Catalogue or by using Hertfordshire Names online. You can also search some of the Office's catalogues at Access to Archives.
The Archives Opening Hours can be found by going to the Office's Opening hours - plan your visit page.
You do not have to book before visiting the Archives.
Free parking is provided for people visiting Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies but it can 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.
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. There are also numerous restaurants, cafes and pubs 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.
Hertford Record Office offers a Research Service for those unable to visit in person. For further details about this service please visit the Office's Search and copy services page.
The Archive is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)