Come and Meet Us

The Society holds regular meetings which are free to our members. Visitors are welcome although a small donation is requested. There are many family and local history topics introduced by a knowledgeable speaker and with the opportunity for questions. There is time after the formal proceedings to browse various Society libraries and other facilities and to chat with other members.

We hold meetings at the three venues listed below. Some libraries and other research aids are available at the Central Group meetings. A more limited range of information is also available at the Northern and Southern Group meetings.

Open Day 2018 on 28 July

The Society’s Open Day is 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 surname entries taken from parish registers, wills, census returns and many lesser-known documents. The database is fully searchable – if there's an ancestor you can't find, come along and let us help you track him or her down.

 

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Northern Branch

The Northern Branch meetings are at Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB and are normally held on the first Wednesday in each month starting at 19:30. All are welcome but we request a small donation from non-members.

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Transportation

John T Smith will present a review of crime in England in the 18th century and the transporting of over 60,000 offenders to lands beyond the seas – and before they were sent to Australia! Botany Bay, Van Diemen’s Land and New South Wales were used later on, and we know about their history, but most people haven’t much idea of where we exported our Buckinghamshire felons before 1787. Come and find out!

Location Turnfurlong Junior School, Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP21 7PL

Visitors are very welcome. Entrance is £2 for members or £4 for non-members (or why not take out an annual membership from as little as £6). Stay for a cup of tea and a chat afterwards.

Central Branch

The Central Branch meetings are held monthly, normally on the third Saturday of the month. From September 2017 we are meeting at Turnfurlong Junior School, Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP21 7PL.

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Getting To Know Your Military Ancestors Through Photographs And Memorabilia


Many of us have old family photographs, but sometimes it can be frustratingly difficult to guess the identity of the sitter. A knowledge of the way photography and fashions changed can narrow down the date at which a photograph is likely to have been taken. In the same way that fashions change, so do military uniforms.
But unlike fashions, uniforms changed at set dates and once you know the basics you can start identifying your own. Graham hopes you'll let him help you with this 'dark art', and invites you bring along your own photographs for identification and dating. They must be originals, though, which to the trained eye can hold a mass of information. He'll do his best from a very high resolution scan, but really, you need to find that original.

 

This is out first talk at the new Aylesbury venue. Turnfurlong Junior School see Central Branch for the map and other details.

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