The BBC have recovered the material from the 1986 Domesday Project when local organisations,schools, WIs etc  were asked to contribute items about life in their area. It was originally written to giant Phillips Video discs which became obsolete very quickly because they were so expensive. The BBC has now recovered the material and put it on its website. Have a look here for what was happening in Bucks in 1986

Google are uploading to the Google Earth arial images of Buckinghamshire and other places which were taken in December 1945. These are aligned with the modern imagery so by moving the slider the changes can be seen. Most of Buckinghamshire north of Chesham and Princes Risborough is now available and an area on the eastern border with Middlesex including Colnbrook Denham & Wraysbury.

The Centre for Bucks Studies has launched a 'Bombs over Bucks' item on their website detailing the damage suffered in Bucks during WW2.  There is map which you can zoom in on showing where individual bombs fell based on the reports of the ARP wardens

old Slough Eton and Windsor newspaperThe Slough History Online website has continued to expand and have now births marriages and deaths indexed from 1883 to 1929 for the images of the Slough and Windsor Observer newspaper on the site. Just go to the advanced search, put in a surname and choose births marriages and deaths as content type. The indexing of local stories are partially completed, 1883 to 1888 are online and 1889 will be added soon. Slough Library also holds an extensive collection of Parish Registers on film, click here to download from Slough Library a word document containing a list of the parish register holdings

The Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies has just launched the online index of Wills proved in the Archdeaconry of Buckingham between 1483 and 1858. The Society made a major contribution to making this possible.

The Identity & Passport Service has warned: don't pay too much for your replacement birth certificates. See their advice here

This applies equally to other certificates.

When using commercial websites to find an index entry for a birth, marriage or death registration it can be tempting to click on a conveniently placed link to order a certificate. However it will almost certainly be cheaper(or at least the same) to go the official government site to order