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A History of Preston

in Hertfordshire

My family and ancestors have lived in Preston for more than 260 years - from at least 1751 until now. I was curious to discover how they lived.


Many others have family roots in Preston. I wanted to share my findings with them. My heritage is theirs.


Perhaps there is some value in this site as a local history study.


Finally, the present-day inhabitants of Preston may be interested in the history of their village. Carol Kammen wrote, ‘In our mobile society, in which many people do not look to traditional institutions to provide stability, local knowledge helps us to “dig in”, to become rooted in a place rather than perching unconnected and uninvolved’. (History News 50, 3,1995)

  Links to other sites:

My family matters: Details of my maternal family.       Hertfordshire Genealogy: A comprehensive site for Herts. Genuki - Hertfordshire: Premier genealogical website. Herts Memories: Share photos, memories and research. Hitchin Historical Society: Dedicated to the history of the town.         Joiner/Joyner Family: Family tree and wills.



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A book, A History of Preston in Hertfordshire, was published on 18 February 2015. It comprises 114 colour pages and is in hardback A4 portrait format. It is an educational, non-commercial publication. Details of the book can be seen by clicking New Book

New book! book!