Hertfordshire Genealogy

Guide to Old Hertfordshire

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.
Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.

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Your Questions answered by the Resident Genealogist

For 16 years this site has provided a specialist local and family history service relating to Hertfordshire between the end of the Civil War (1660) and the end of the First World War (1918).

Unfortunately increasing old age of your resident genealogist, the software used to maintain the site, and the old computer which can run the software mean that it is no longer possible to provide a general question service.

provides a range of community mental health services in Hertfordshire.


There is a considerable backlog of maintenance and updates to be done and priority has to be given to this work. (See introductory page for details).


The Newsletter Blog will continue and I still welcome messages and queries on the following subjects:

News items (with full details) of events and publications relating to Hertfordshire history for use on the Newsletter - So keep me informed of relevant publications and events.

Offers of new digital images of post cards and CDV, etc. (but NOT from copyright books and similar sources) which add to those already displayed on this site.

Corrections and significant new information relating to existing pages (which should be clearly identified as the site contains many thousand pages) are of course welcome.

Queries relating to re-use of material on this site

I am afraid that for the time being I can no longer answer simple birth, marriage and death type family history questions or routine questions about the history of private houses


September 2013   Significant changes to how questions are answered, etc.
March 2014   Temporary email arrangements
February 2016   Revised instructions
February 2017    Further restrictions