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Research your family tree by e-mail

Hertfordshire’s archive services are now offering to help people research and build their family tree via e-mail. The Family History Centre has set up the service after receiving more than 500 e-mails last year from people wanting information about their roots.

The Centre looks after documents and printed materials spanning more than 900 years, including records of births, deaths and marriages from 1837 and copies of several thousand Hertfordshire wills.

Staff are on hand to help local historians, academics, students and individuals wanting to research the history of the county but they now offer research facilities that can be booked and paid for via e-mail

The council says that a major benefit of the new e-mail research service is that people from the other side of the world can request information at any time on any day. In 1998 the centre handled more than 21,000 requests for information many from overseas. More details can be found at the centre's Website.

Reduced costs

The increased demand has enabled the Family History Centre to reduce its prices, which start at 1 an hour or 2.50 for half a day visit to the County Hall site. Season tickets, which cover 20 half-day visits, are 20. Research services are available for 22 an hour. Payment can be made by e-mail using a credit card. Opening hours have been extended to include Saturday mornings and until 8.00pm on Tuesdays.

For people who do not have internet facilities but want to find out how to use the Web to research their past, a free introductory session on the internet can be booked at the Family History Centre as part of the BBC’s Webwise campaign.

The centre and is based at County Hall in Hertford and was set up in 1997 as part of Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies.

Contact Details

The Hertfordshire Family History Centre
Archives and Local studies
County Hall,
Tel: 01992 555105

Opening times:

Monday 9.30 - 5.30
Tuesday 10.00 - 8.00
Wednesday 9.30 - 5.30
Thursday 9.30 - 5.30
Friday 9.30 - 4.30
Saturday 9.00 - 1.00

May 29, 1999

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