Key Web Sites




(and FreeCEN and FreeREG)


Many Genealogy web sites are continually being updated and it is impossible for me to monitor all these changes. You should therefore visit this web site to discover the facilities currently offered.


This site provides a very useful way (free) for searching the General Register  Office indexes for Births, Marriages and Deaths from 1837 into the early 20th century. These indexes cover birth, marriage and death registrations, and are particularly useful if you do not have precise date information about the date of the event you are looking for, or if you want all references to a particular surname. Once you have the reference you can order the certificate from the General Register Office.

For general information see
Introduction to Civil Registration

While the index is not yet complete, by January complete coverage had reached births up to 1938, marriages up to 1951 and deaths up to 1950. and after this date you can find out the extent to which that relevant quarters have been indexed. The service is free because the index is prepared by volunteers - and if you find the index useful, and are public spirited, why not volunteer to help fill the gaps in the index.

Examples of its use are given in the following Tutorials

Gladys Horwood's birth (1891)

Thomas William Horwood and Florence King's marriage (1889)

Thomas William Horwood's birth (1863) (reference not found so findmypast used)

James Horwood's death (1869) (and comparison with findmypast)

James Horwood and Mary Town marriage (1861)

James Horwood & Mary Anne Critchley marriage, and Mary Anne's death (1859)


This is run on a similar basis to FreeBMD but needs more volunteers to increase the current rather low coverage.

Coverage of Hertfordshire January 2012

1841 (0%), 1851 (25%), 1861 (0%), 1871 (9.5%), 1891 (8.3%)


This is run on a similar basis to FreeBMD but needs more volunteers to increase the current rather low coverage.

In January 2011 Hertfordshire has 132 ancient parishes, and there are 194 parish or non-conformist registers which start prior to 1841.Places and churches are listed in alphabetical order by place then by date of earliest surviving register or Bishop's Transcript. The list includes all parish and non-conformist registers listed at Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies as having begun prior to 1841. At April 2013 it had 36,687 records, comprising 11799 baptisms, 17039 marriages and 7849 burials.  It is recruiting people to extend the coverage.

List of registers currently covered.

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Page updated January 2012