Herts registers join findmypast.co.uk

By Jon Bauckham, 4 July 2013 - 4:05pm

Family historians with Hertfordshire connections may be able to plug the gaps in their research following the addition of nearly 2 million parish records from across the county to findmypast.co.uk
 

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Researchers with Hertfordshire heritage may be able to find out more about their kin in a vast collection of parish records now available to explore at www.findmypast.co.uk. 

Launched on Monday 1 July, the Hertfordshire Church of England Parish Registers collection provides details of almost two million baptisms, banns, marriages and burials across the county dating back as the 16th century.

Each register has been fully transcribed, meaning that family historians can search for their forebears by entering details such as name, spouse, parents, date and parish. Once a relevant record has been located, users can also click through to view and download a scan of the page on which the entry appears.

Among the famous names to appear in the records is Cecil Rhodes, who was baptised in Bishop’s Stortford on 28 August 1853. The entry in the local parish register (displayed above) shows that the prominent British colonialist and founder of Rhodesia was baptised by his own father, Francis. Unusually, his date of birth – 5 July 1853 – is also recorded in the left-hand margin.

In addition to registers from Hertfordshire’s 132 ancient parishes, there are many records that hail from parishes of more modern origin, created when ‘daughter’ churches were set up in fast-growing towns such as Watford. With details of burials in the county up to 1990, there’s a chance that researchers could also learn about recent relatives.

The new release is the result of a partnership between findmypast.co.uk and Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies, a collaborative project that was first announced at Who Do You Think You Are? Live in February 2012.

“This collection of records is a wonderful treasure trove for anybody interested in looking into their family’s past in Hertfordshire,” explains findmypast.co.uk’s Debra Chatfield.

“Publishing the records online for the first time will make it so much easier for people to find out if they have ancestors from Hertfordshire, as you can now search them alongside millions of other parish records from across the whole country.”  
 

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► To search the collection, visit www.findmypast.co.uk/search/parish-records/baptisms and select Hertfordshire from the list of counties

 

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