Local & Family History Books
and online lecture texts
Some publications and lecture topics by Chris Reynolds
The London Gunners come to Town describes life in Hemel Hemel during the First World War. Published 1995. Several lectures based on this book have been given and slanted towards particular audiences. (See book contents for possible topics.)
A Walk Along the High Street, Hemel Hempstead is based on the chapter The Local Shops in The London Gunners and was published as a walking guide in 2000.
Tring in 1947 is an account of the town from local news reports and town council records, published in 1997 to coincide with an exhibition. The text is on this web site.
The Tring Zeppelin is an online report, with illustrations, on Zeppelin raids during the First World War. It was first published in 1995.
A Short History of Bernards Heath is a reprinted lecture given in 2000 to raise money for a campaign to save an open space from redevelopment. It is available online on this site. Further information arising from my research into to this part of St Albans is posted on this site in various locations. The following three lectures are all based on different aspects of the research:
The Road through Harpenden: The slides are online.
The Brickmakers of St Albans: The slides are online, together with extended biographies of selected St Albans Brickmakers.
Poaching and Petty Thieving in the St Albans Area: The slides are online.
I started giving lectures on the use of local newspapers in local and family history research years before I started this web site - and a number of the examples are listed under Old News. It is planned to add further supporting material shortly, and possibly the text of one version of this talk.
[I am, of course, very happy to give a talk on the use of computers in local/family history research with specific reference to Hertfordshire.]
The Phipson One Name Study is a series of computer listings in book form giving details of over 500 people carrying the Phipson name world wide, going back to about 1535. Published in 1988. Details are not given here as there are few connections with Hertfordshire. However some attractive Hertfordshire scenes were painted by E. A. Phipson while William Phipson Walton (not mentioned in the study) was in school in Hertfordshire in 1881 - see WALTON/PHIPSON, Hertfordshire, late 19th century
The Ancestors of Lucy Ann Reynolds is a computer listing in book form giving details of all the ancestors of my older daughter (who died in 1985). Published in 1988. Details of Hertfordshire ancestors from the book, with later updates, are currently being posted on the site under The Hertfordshire Ancestors of Christopher Finch Reynolds
The Rendell Family of South Devon is a computer listing in book form giving details of my wife's farming ancestors. Published in 1988. There are no connections with Hertfordshire apart from my immediate family.
See lectures if you would like me to give a lecture on any of the above subjects.
Page updated February 2008