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Family history research

Many people wish to find out more about their family history and, very often, a really good place to start is with the information contained in church registers. If you are searching for details about a marriage, a baptism or a burial associated with Hertford St Andrew, then the information on this page should help.

If the date you are researching falls within the Register records kept by us at the church, please contact the Parish Office. If the date you are researching falls within the Register records kept elsewhere, please contact the relevant place. All contact information can be found below.

Marriage RegistersMarriage Register

  • The church currently holds Marriage Registers from 30 July 1983 to 4 May 2021.
  • This records the names, ages, status, occupations and addresses of the parties and the names and occupations of their fathers.
  • All earlier Registers have been lodged with the Diocesan Record Office.

Baptism Registers

  • The church currently holds the Baptism Registers from 14 October 1987 to date.Baptism
  • These are ordered according to the date of baptism (not the date of birth) but also record date of birth, parents and Godparents and address.
  • All earlier Registers have been lodged with the Diocesan Record Office.
  • The Diocesan Record Office also holds a separate register of baptisms which took place at Hertford County Hospital.


Burial Registers

  • The church currently holds the Burial Register from 7 January 1935 to date.Churchyard
  • This is ordered according to the date of burial (not the date of death) and in most cases will also record an address and age at death but not the date of death
  • St Andrew’s churchyard was closed in the 1850s and, therefore, no burials in the churchyard are recorded in the current Register.
  • The church holds a record of monuments in the churchyard.
  • The Burial Register records burials of bodies in the St Andrew’s Cemetery in North Road. This Cemetery was transferred to Hertford Borough Council (now Hertford Town Council) in 1944 and few burials of bodies have taken place there since then. Records of the much larger Borough Cemetery in North Road/ Bramfield Road, which is still open, are held by the Town Council.
  • The Burial Register records burials of ashes in the churchyard and in existing family graves in St Andrew’s Cemetery to date.
  • The church holds a record by name of people buried in St Andrew’s Cemetery, in most cases with plot numbers, but there is not, for most of the Cemetery, any plan linking them with an area on the ground. Nor does the Town Council have a plot map for the St Andrew’s Cemetery. However, Cemetery staff are often able to identify monuments. 
  • There is, in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at St Andrew's, a Book of Remembrance with the names of people whose ashes are buried in the churchyard. This is organised as a calendar, according to the date of death. There is also a file in the Chapel listing names alphabetically and this can be viewed by visitors.
  • All earlier Burial Registers have been lodged with the Diocesan Record Office.

Contact information


Diocesan Record Office

The Diocesan Record Office is managed by Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS), housed at County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford SG13 8EJ.
Via the main County Council contact number: 0300 123 4049

Opening times
It is always a good idea to make contact the Office in advance to check opening hours and to give time for Registers to be ordered and brought up from storage. Older Registers are available on microfilm.

Hertford Town Council

The Town Council is based at The Castle, Hertford  SG14 1HR
01992 552885


Hertford St Andrew's Parish Office

St Andrew's Church, St Andrew Street, Hertford SG14 1HZ
01992 504373
Office Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings


Other useful websites

The General Register Office

You can order birth, adoption, marriage, civil partnership and death certificates from the General Register Office (GRO) to help you research your family history and family tree. GRO has all the records registered in England and Wales from July 1837. You’ll need to look at parish records to trace back further.


GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is a non-commercial service, maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.
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Hello and welcome to St Andrew's. If you are new, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

No one belongs here more than you.

We look forward to meeting you! Here's some information so that if you're planning a visit you know beforehand what to expect on a Sunday morning.  We have other pages telling you more About Us, our approach to Faith and our Online services.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our main Sunday Service starting at 10.30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you find a parking space and can settle in before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

Plan your journey:
While, unfortunately, St Andrew's does not have its own carpark, there is a council-run pay and display carpark a short distance along St Andrew Street, to the east of the church; there is no charge for parking in this carpark on Sundays, but please check for charges on other days.

This is a useful East Herts Council website page for full details of parking in Hertford.

There are single yellow lines outside the church with parking restrictions, but some 30-minute parking bays are situated on the opposite side of the road for short stays (longer on Sundays).

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet towards the back of the church, behind the kitchen.

Our Service

The service will usually begin promptly at 10.30am and will last between 60 and 75 minutes. We enjoy the presence of an excellent choir who help us sing hymns (modern and traditional) as well as provide anthems and special songs through the period of communion. We have a traditional organ but also benefit from music played on the piano and by our band (eg on the Second Sunday of each month when we have an All-Age Service in which our children and young people are fully involved).

Each 10.30am service includes a sermon, prayers and eucharist.

After the service, everyone is invited for coffee and conversation - some like to stay for a quick chat while others remain in the church for a longer time.


Children and Young People

Children are never too young to come to church. You and your children are very welcome at St Andrew’s. 

We really value worshipping God together as a family, so children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service before being invited to leave for the young people's activities after the first hymn. Junior Church meets in the St Andrew's Centre (our adjoining hall), accessed through the church on Sunday mornings. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy.

The children and young people then return to the main service in time to join the eucharist and, if confirmed, take Holy Communion or, if not, receive a blessing. We offer a grape or a little box of raisins to children being blessed at the altar.

There is a Children's Corner in church where you can go at any time. You will find books, toys and drawing materials there.

Toilet and baby-change facilities are located at the back of church, behind the kitchen.

There's lots more information here: Children and Young People at St Andrew's

Junior Church celebration

Getting Connected

Home Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week. Check out Home Groups on our website and see if there’s one that you could join. Alternatively, speak to a member of the Welcome Team who will give you the information that you need.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. Please contact Phil in the Church Office.

What we describe above reflects our normal practice on Sunday mornings. However, since March 2020 we have had to adopt new ways of organising ourselves - here you'll find the most up-to-date guidance about Worshipping inside church.
Get in touch with us
If you have any questions, please do get in touch. You'll find our contact details here.

We hope that you will feel at home at our church.