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Tracing Your Family History in Hertfordshire
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This practical and comprehensive guide provides an introduction to family historians to trace their ancestors in Hertfordshire. Every aspect of our ancestors' lives has been considered, from their birth and baptism to their death and burial. Examples of source material, together with photographs and drawings from the collections at Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies, illustrate the text. The book is thematic in approach, the chapters incorporating related material on subjects as broad as military ancestors and the poor and the sick. In each chapter a brief background to the subject is followed by a description of the kind of records you can expect to find, including their usefulness to family historians, and details of where those records are held. The emphasis is on sources available in Hertfordshire, and particularly those held in the Family History Centre at Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS) in Hertford, but other sources are also covered. A wealth of experience from family historians and the staff at HALS is passed on in the form of tips and vital information. Appendices have been used to provide useful addresses and websites, and also to list in detail the availability of essential sources such as parish registers and other records, nonconformist registers, and the whereabouts of wills before 1858. This should be of interest to anyone researching their Hertfordshire ancestors.
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Acknowledgements INTRODUCTION Finding your way around Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS) Hertfordshire's libraries and museums Hertfordshire Family History Society LDS Family History Centres 1. THE ADMINISTRATIVE BACKGROUND Hundreds, the Liberty of St Albans, Ecclesiastical administration, Parishes, Poor law unions and registration districts, Boundary and civil parish changes 2. BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS Civil registration Church of England parish registers Bishops' transcripts Marriage licences and bonds Nonconformist and other non-Anglican records The International Genealogical Index (IGI) Hertfordshire indexes of marriages and deaths/burials Monumental inscriptions Cemeteries and crematoria Coroners' inquests Wills, administrations and inventories Adoption and children's homes 3. HOUSEHOLD AND PROPERTY RECORDS Census returns Electoral registers and poll books Tax returns Parish rate assessments Manorial records Local population lists 4. PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS Licensed occupations: licensed victuallers, badgers and higglers, printers, gamekeepers, teachers, surgeons and midwives Police officers Parish and union officers Clergymen Estate workers and servants Brewers and maltsters Apprenticeship Company archives held at HALS Other Hertfordshire occupations and industries 5. CRIME AND PUNISHMENT The Assize courts Quarter Sessions Petty Sessions Hertfordshire's gaols Transportation 6. THE POOR AND THE SICK The poor law Public assistance 1930-48 Hospitals and asylums Gypsies and travellers 7. SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION Local authority schools Further education and training colleges Independent and other schools 8. MILITARY ANCESTORS Early muster rolls Militia lists 1757-1801 Volunteer and Territorial forces in Hertfordshire Military service in the British army: First and Second World Wars 9. PRINTED SOURCES Directories Newspapers Miscellaneous printed sources APPENDIX I Parish list of holdings at HALS of parish registers, bishops' transcripts, banns books, printed/transcribed parish registers, hearth tax returns, land tax returns APPENDIX II Nonconformist registers held at HALS APPENDIX III Cemeteries and crematoria within Hertfordshire, with contact details APPENDIX IV Where to look for wills: Archdeaconry courts in Hertfordshire to 1858 APPENDIX V Hertfordshire library holdings of filmed parish registers, census returns and the IGI APPENDIX VI Useful addresses Index

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Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies provides archive and library services to anyone interested in the history of Hertfordshire and its inhabitants. Books, pamphlets, photographs, maps, newspapers and original documents (dating from 1060 to the present day) are preserved here, and many of the sources most useful to family historians are increasingly available on microfilm or fiche in the Family History Centre, making them easy and convenient to use. Computer and internet facilities are also available. HALS was assisted by Margaret Ward, Editor of "Hertfordshire People", the Journal of the Hertfordshire Family History Society and a professional erditor for fifteen years.

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