Family History Societies - Hertfordshire

This section lists county associations of Hertfordshire providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Hertfordshire FHS:

Address:

Tony Rawlings
c/o Hertfordshire Family History Society
30 Blenheim Way
Stevenage
SG2 8TG

E-Mail:

secretary@hertsfhs.org.uk

Information:

Hertfordshire FHS was established in 1977, their aims being to promote and encourage the study of genealogy, specifically in Hertfordshire.

For payment of a fee, the Society can perform a search in their Burial Index 1800-1851, but you must be a member to take advantage of this service.

Some publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • 1851 Census Index
  • Baptist Church Books 1675-1810
  • Burial Index 1800-1851
  • Examinations as to Settlement (pre-1834)
  • Fleet Marriages of Hertfordshire People to 1754
  • Hertfordshire Places
  • Marriage Links 1538-1837
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Militia Ballot List Indexes 1758, 1761-1762, 1765
  • Nonconformity in Hertfordshire
  • Obituaries 1801-1837 published in Gentleman's Magazine
  • Quarter Sessions 1588-1619
  • Removal Orders given prior to 1834
  • Settlement Certificates given before 1834
  • Strays Index

Hertfordshire Transportees, a book written by Ken Griffin is also available, and is primarily intended to be used by family historians who may find they have a relative who was tried at the Courts.  It can also help local historians who wish to use this information to assess how the crime affected people in the area. 

This book provides details regarding criminals who were prosecuted in Hertfordshire Assizes, Hertfordshire Quarter Sessions, Liberty of St Albans Quarter Sessions, Hertford Borough Sessions and the St Albans Borough Sessions.  Covering the period 1784-1866, information contained in this book reveals details of the criminal's age, where they were tried, details of their crime, their victims and how they were dealt with by the courts.

A map of Hertfordshire, showing its main towns, is also available on their site.

Website: 
http://www.hertsfhs.org.uk 

Letchworth and District FHG:

Address:

Diane Paterson
c/o Letchworth and District Family History Group
84 Kings Hedges
Hitchin
SG5 2QE

Address(Meetings):

Mrs Howard Memorial Hall
Norton Way South
Letchworth Garden City
SG6 1NX

E-Mail:

secretary@ldfhg.org.uk

Information:

The association was formed in 1995 and has about 40 members, coming from Baldock, Hitchin, Letchworth, Stotfold and Welwyn Garden City.

If you are interested in family history, even if your ancestors do not come from the area, you are welcome to join the Society.  Very few of their members are conducting local searches.

Many local history, reference books and journals can be borrowed from the Society.  These include:

  • A Latin Glossary for Family and Local Historians
  • Irish Family History on the Web
  • Monumental Inscriptions on the Web
  • Reading Tudor and Stuart Handwriting
  • Tracing Your Nineteenth Century Family History
  • Tracing Your Twentieth Century Family History
  • Using Libraries
  • War Memorials on the Web

Website: 
http://www.ldfhg.org.uk 

Stevenage FHS:

Address:

Bernice O Mahoney
c/o Stevenage Family History Society
2 Tudor Close
Stevenage
Herts
SG1 4DB

E-Mail:

bernice300@yahoo.co.uk

Information:

The group was formed in 2003 and has approximately 40 members.  These members are researching their families in many different areas, which include England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.  Plenty of useful information regarding searching for your ancestors in Stevenage is on their site.

Many local history books and reference books are held by the Society, which can be borrowed by their members.  These books include:

  • Ancestral Trails
  • Basic facts about Irish Family History Research
  • Census Returns 1841-1891 in Microform: 6th Edition
  • Criminal Ancestors: A Guide to Historic Criminal Records in England and Wales
  • Eve McLaughlin Guides
  • How to Record Your Family Tree
  • Introduction to Church Registers
  • Introduction to Poor Law Documents before 1834
  • Local Census Listings: 1522-1930: Holdings in the British Isles
  • Local Newspapers 1750-1920: A Select Location List
  • Marriage, Census and other Indexes for Family Historians
  • Quarter Sessions Records for Family Historians
  • Specialist Indexes for Family Historians

Website: 
http://stevenagefhs.site88.net/