Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hertfordshire Archives to be digitised by

The following is from FindMyPast.


.       Project announced to increase access to up to 4 million baptism, marriage and burial records dating back to 1538
.       First time that images of the original parish records from Hertfordshire will appear online

Leading UK family history website has today announced at the Who Do You Think You Are Live Show at London's Olympia that it has been awarded a digitisation contract by Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies. This significant new project will lead to the publication online for the very first time of between 3.5 and 4 million historic records from the Archives. The records are expected to launch later this year and will become fully searchable, only

Spanning the years 1538 to 1990 (1910 for baptisms and 1928 for marriages), the records cover parish churches and bishops' transcripts from the whole of Hertfordshire, including:
.       historic Hatfield, childhood home of Elizabeth I and the birthplace of the jet airliner
.       the garden cities of Letchworth and Welwyn
.       Ayot St Lawrence, home of writer Sir George Bernard Shaw
.       Hemel Hempstead, Watford, Cheshunt and Barnet

Guy Strachan, Digitisation Manager at, said: "The addition of these historic records from Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies to will be keenly anticipated by family and local historians alike, and will undoubtedly reinforce the website's position as the place to go for UK parish records."

Susan Flood, County Archivist at Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, added:  "This is a fantastic step forward for us to have our parish registers available on the web for all to access easily."

The joint announcement by and Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies was one of a number made by the rapidly expanding family history website at the 3 day Who Do You Think You Are Live Show, where it has a major presence.  There they will be showcasing the many record collections on the site, including parish records from Manchester Archives, Cheshire Archives and over 40 million parish records from family history societies throughout the UK, in partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies.

Anyone wishing to be notified when the Hertfordshire Collection becomes available can register online at to receive a newsletter.

Leading UK family history website was the first company to make the complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England & Wales available online in April 2003, winning the Queen's Award for Innovation. has subsequently digitised many more family history records and now offers access to over 750 million records dating as far back as 875 AD. This allows family historians to search for their ancestors among comprehensive collections of military, census, migration, parish, work and education records, as well as the original comprehensive birth, marriage and death records. The company runs the official 1911 census website for England & Wales in association with The National Archives and has digitised several other record sets from the national collection.

About Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS) at County Hall, Hertford preserves and promotes archive and library resources for the discovery and enjoyment of Hertfordshire's diverse heritage.  HALS holds over 7,000 individual archive collections dating from 1060 to the present day, over 30,000 books, and 40,000 photographs on 5 miles of shelving.  Our documents cover many aspects of life in the county, including the environment, businesses, institutions and societies.  Over 11,000 people visit HALS every year and in 2011, volunteers contributed 6,271 hours on a variety of archive and conservation projects.

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