The Society’s Open Day is also Buckinghamshire's major family history event. It’s the day when all of the Society's research libraries will be available in one place, including the Buckinghamshire names database, containing well over five million entries taken from parish registers, wills, census returns and many other documents. The database is fully searchable – come along and let us help you track down that elusive ancestor.
Our parish register transcripts and other publications will be on sale, and there will be lots of help and advice available from friendly, experienced family historians.
It's also your opportunity to talk to guest family history societies from around the country. Alongside them will be a mix of archives, museums, local history groups and the customary range of suppliers of maps, books, software, archival materials and other services.
Entry is free, and tea and coffee will be available, so why not bring a packed lunch and make a day of it.
Free parking is available at the venue. If you’re not driving, Chiltern Railways operate services from London Marylebone and elsewhere to Aylesbury, or Thame and Haddenham Parkway (change to Arriva Bus 280 for Aylesbury, up to three journeys each hour). From Aylesbury bus station take Arriva service 50 towards Wendover, alighting on Wendover Road opposite Chaucer Drive, about eight minutes walk from the venue.
We look forward to seeing you between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 29th July, at The Grange School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury HP21 7NH
From about Easter we'll start to update the website to list all the organizations attending. Come back to check out it out regularly.
Journals of other Family History Societies are now available on our website. For many years FHSs have exchanged paper copies of their magazines and journals. As Societies move to exchange digital copies we are able to put these on our website so our members can read them. Paper copies were only available at Society meetings or by post so many more of our members now have access to them.
The Journals can be found by clicking on the "Exchange Journals" link at the bottom of the main menu
The Society has launched a new shop which is located at shop.bucksfhs.org.uk. If you have a bookmark for the old shop can you please update it to the new location. The new shop has a cleaner fresher look to it and we hope that you will like it. One change is that customers are no longer required to register in order to make purchases however please note that it has not been possible to carry forward registration information into the new shop so if you want to have an account you will need to re-register.
We are very pleased to have publications from the John Hampden Society in our on-line shop. This is part of a service that we offer to local history societies to promote and sell their publications. The John Hampden Society is unusual in that it's interest is in a person rather than a local town or village.
With the exception of a very few registers currently held by the incumbents, all Buckinghamshire Parish Registers have been transcribed up to 1901. You may request a search of these records here . Additionally when final checking has been competed they will be published and be available in the shop . You may download the current list of the transcribed parishes here
The Bucks Names Index now contains nearly 5.2 million names of people with Buckinghamshire connections. In addition to the information from nearly every Parish register there is information from a wide variety of other sources - see below for some of them.
Recently two photo albums have come into the possession of the Society. A note on the front cover says that they are holiday photographs taken in July/August 1927 and Summer 1928 in Padbury and the surrounding area. Can you help identify the families?
STOP PRESS - see below for the identities of some of the characters appearing. But the mystery remains - who owned the albums and appears as 'ME' ?? Can you shed any light?