Google is a well-know search engine, which needs no description here. There are two points that are relevant to this site.
Because this site is popular, and many other sites link to it, it is given high priority by the google search engine. In addition all searchable pages include the words "Hertfordshire Genealogy" in the page title. This means that pages on this site can usually be found very quickly by using google with the search terms "Hertfordshire Genealogy" (in quotes) and the place or family names that interest you.
There are very many web sites with historical information on Hertfordshire places and families - and whether there are any related to your interests is rather a matter of luck. However it is worth using various combinations of search terms - and if you find a gem of a Hertfordshire related historical site which is not mentioned on this web site please tell me so I can spread the good news.
Examples of Google's use use are given in the following Tutorials
Thomas William Horwood's Birth Certificate.
A useful source for finding books
The following Hertfordshire Books are available in full
|General View of the Agriculture of Hertfordshire|
|The Historical Antiques of Hertfordshire (Volume II)|
|The Beauties of England & Wales: Hertfordshire|
|The Noble Science: A Few General Ideas on Fox Hunting|
|Tour of the Grand Junction Illustrated with a Series of Engravings|
|The Herts Genealogist and Antiquary|
|History of Verulam and St Alban's (printed 1815)|
|The Practical Farmer|
Many other books available as selective Previews
Provides Excellent Present Day Street Maps
plus satellite images and street views.
During late 2009 and early 2010 the Google streetview van was spotted touring many Hertfordshire towns and villages, and even some country lanes. For instance, at the time of posting Tring and the adjacent villages of Wigginton and Aldbury have been covered, while Puttenham, Wilstone and Drayton Beauchamp (in Bucks) have not. While part of Long Marston is shown this appears to have been only done because the van passed through part of the village when it drove from Wingrave to Cheddington. It is likely that the process will be continued to include many places which have not yet been photographed.
If you have not used the facility before select the area you are interested on Google Maps. If the little man on the controls is brown there are street views available to you. You can then move the little man with the mouse to the road you want, which will be highlighted if it has been photographed, Once the view appears you can move along it by clicking on the arrowhead on the route line, and rotate the camera 360 degrees. When you are looking at a building you can zoom in.
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|April 2010||Titles of new Google Bools added - with other minor changes|
|June 2010||A description of Street View added.|