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From: Jim Halsey <>
Subject: Re: [HRT] Parish registers - readability
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 09:16:09 +0100
I have not viewed the PRs or BTs at Hertford but I have viewed a good many
at my local LDS and as far as I know the films held at both are identical.
The quality of the original registers is highly variable. Some are badly
damaged The BTs are sometimes better and the typed transcriptions (where
they exist) by early and mid-20th c enthusiasts seem to me to be generally
very good. You may be lucky or maybe not ! Pot luck ! Searching the
transcriptions can be quick with indexes often available. Otherwise it can
be a slow process.
2009/10/15 Elaine Saunders wrote
> A question about the readability of the parish registers at County Hall,
> Hertford please. I'm about to make my first visit there and would like to
> go prepared.
> Has anyone gone through them in person and, if so, how legible are they?
> I'd like to extract the marriages and baptisms for a year for one parish and
> wondered how difficult or time consuming it would be. Are they in books,
> on microfilm or can we photograph/copy them.