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Buckinghamshire Resources

Updated 13th January 2014

Parish registers online


About 550,000 Buckinghamshire baptisms and marriages are included in the IGI at FamilySearch but not all parishes are included (you can see the coverage here).


There are no baptisms or burials at findmypast but there are about 25,000 marriages from Boyd's Marriage Index. There are in the region of 35,000 baptisms and 15,000 marriages at Ancestry,


The volunteers of FreeREG have transcribed some of the registers for about 65 Buckinghamshire parishes. There is currently no OPC project for Buckinghamshire.


Buckinghamshire employers


In the late 17th and 18th centuries Buckinghamshire was renowned for lace-making, but the Industrial Revolution brought machine-made lace which was more competitively priced. The town of High Wycombe was a centre for furniture-making, and in the 19th century it was the chair-making capital of the world - it has been estimated that nearly 5000 chairs per day were being made in the 1870s. One of the hundreds of furniture manufacturers was E Gomme, a business founded in the late 18th century which became famous in the 1950s for its G-plan furniture.


In Aylesbury the two major employers during the late 19th century were the printers Hazell, Watson and Viney, and the Nestle dairy - over half of the working population worked for one or the other.

Births, marriages and deaths


Registration districts in Buckinghamshire


There are currently NO local indexes of births, marriages and deaths for Buckinghamshire.


Pre-1841 censuses


Beachampton 1801, Chenies 1821, Chesham 1821, Denham 1749, Iver 1801, Lathbury 1787, 1811, 1839, Lougthon 1730, 1731, Medmenham 1749-51, Nether Winchendon 1750, Nettleden 1831, Olney 1821, Princes Risborough 1821, 1831, Quainton 1696, 1702, Ravenstone 1811, Stoke Poges 1831, Stone & Hartwell 1730, West Wycombe 1760, Wooburn 1801


Also consider....


Photo of Aylesbury, Kingsbury Square 1901, ref. 47464
Reproduced courtesy of Francis Frith.


Key Buckinghamshire resources


The Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies hold parish registers, records of the Quarter Sessions and Petty Sessions, and about 35,000 pre-1858 wills proved in the Archdeaconry of Buckingham.


Buckinghamshire Family History Society meets at Aylesbury, Bletchley, and Bourne End. The society has compiled an index of over 587,000 baptisms; all marriages up to 1837 have been indexed and marriages to 1901 are being added; over 530,000 burials have been indexed. This PDF file gives a list of parishes covered, and the years of coverage. There is a small charge for each search.


Buckinghamshire Genealogical Society meets in Aylesbury. There is an online database of members' interests which can be searched by surname.

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