Herefordshire County Public Records

Herefordshire, England Public Record Office

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Herefordshire Archive Service
Herefordshire Record Office
Harold Street, Herefordshire HR1 2QX

Phone Number:
+44(0)1432 260750

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Hours: The hours vary due to feature relocation of the office, so is best to check with the record office diary ahead of time before you plan your trip.

Whether it’s for personal pleasure, to share information with your kids, or for a research paper, people have an appetite for genealogy and family history. They want to trace their family roots of hardship, tragedies and triumphs of yesteryear. For some researchers being able to connect with family history through genealogy give them some sort of satisfaction and pleasure to engage oneself in the culture their ancestors once lived.

At the Herefordshire England, Public Record Office located south of the West Midlands Sandwich between County of Worcestershire to its east and the western border resting along the breathtaking Beacon in Wells stores record of Hereford City and Leominster Borough as well as district and parish councils dated back to the 12th Century. The collection runs anywhere between 6000 to 7,300 occupying over 2 miles of shelving on microfilm. They also have online catalogues available via access to National Register of Archives, but due to restrictions on some collections they must be requested in advance.

The Office has several departments break down into parishes. The Diocese of Hereford alone has 356 parishes in Herefordshire including South Shropshire, and parts of Worcestershire, Monomouthshire and Powys with documents from the 13th Century onward leading into the present. You can find anything from Bishops registers, 1275-1992, to Bishops transcripts, c1660-1860, Court books (instance) 1491-1636, 1662-1829, Court books (office) 1407-1639, 1162-1882, Marriage bonds known as marriage license from 1661-1982, Tithe, maps and apportionments 1836-1850s and Wills pre 1858.

The Parish Registers is known to store Church deposited pre 1900 registers of baptisms, marriages, burials and banns available in microfilm format and Church wardens’ accounts, overseers’ accounts, vestry minutes, records of settlement and bastardy, and schools and charities which is available to researchers in microfilm format.

The Public records created by a Central Government department or predecessor to a modern department of State holds a collection of legal, health, employment, finance and revenue record. Although many of theses classes are exempted from the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and access is restricted under the Data Protection Act obtaining permission from relevant authorizing source will allow you access.

If you are in search of your family history or house history the Herefordshire Public Office is a great place to do your research. You can either begin your research at home on the Internet or go to the office where you will find a repository of information that was compiled by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on your family history anything ranging from births, marriages and death certificate. Trace, where your ancestors lived, was your ancestors well-off? Were they poor? Who owned and occupied the property they lived in before? How old is the building? Who held the Title deeds and who were the previous inhabitants?

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