Herefordshire Record Office has approximately 7800 archive collections relating to the history of the area.
Dating from the 13th century, these cover two miles of shelving and include documents relating to Hereford, Herefordshire and the diocese of Hereford.
Parishes in Herefordshire, South Shropshire and parts of Worcestershire, Monmouthshire and Powys are covered by the diocese of Hereford.
These parishes include Old Radnor, Presteigne and Discoed in Powys, and Dixton and Wyesham in Monmouthshire.
They hold resources on a wide range of medium, from books and microform to electronic databases and indexes.
Historic records of Herefordshire Council are also held by the Office.
Whether you wish to study your family history, research the history of a house, discover more about your local area or community or conduct research for a school, college or university assignment, you will find the documents held of use.
The staff are always on hand to help should you need advice and assistance.
For information about their collections, please visit their about our collections page. From this page it is possible to access a wills index, which includes entries extracted from Hereford Diocese Probate Act Books 1700-1858 and Hereford Deanery Probate Act Books 1660-1858.
Their collections include:
Collections also incorporate:
They do not yet have an on-line catalogue, but do have indexes to their archival collections. They also have Diocesan documents which include:
The Archive also holds parish registers, but some parish registers are unavailable, which include:
It is prudent to book before visiting because some of their Collections are held off-site. Booking is also necessary if you wish to use a microfilm or microfiche reader.
Opening hours can be found by going to their visiting Herefordshire Archives and Record Centre page.
If you are travelling by car, a car park is available adjacent to the archives, where there are also spaces for blue badge holders.
The Office has a height-adjustable desk that is available for use by visitors to the Archive.
A loop system is installed in their Learning Room.
You can take photocopies of documents, but must ask the permission of a member of staff before doing so because some documents cannot be photocopied if doing so could damage them and because of copyright laws.
You are able to use your own camera in the Office, but must obtain a photography permit before taking any photographs. Some documents cannot be photographed because they are fragile and easily damaged.
There is an area where you may eat and drink, but no cafe is available on-site.
If you unable to visit personally, the Office offers a research service, which includes genealogical enquiries, transcriptions of documents, local history research, house histories and photocopying of documents.
The Archives has a Facebook page, @herefordshirearchives, where they provide information regarding the Office and any future events. They also answer visitors' queries.
Herefordshire Record Office is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)