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Bucks FHS Open Day 2014

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Many thanks to all the stall holders, volunteers and many visitors, who made Open Day 2014 a great success. Your support is much appreciated.


We look forward to welcoming you to our annual Open Day, which will take place on Saturday 26th July 2014, from 10am to 4pm at The Grange School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury HP21 7NH.

 As always, this free event will have something for everyone - whether beginner or experienced researcher - and wherever your ancestors came from.

Entry is free, and there will be free parking available at the venue. By bus from Aylesbury bus station take Arriva service 50 towards Wendover, alighting on Wendover Road opposite Chaucer Drive, about eight minutes walk.


If you've been before you'll know what to expect: all of the Society's research libraries will be available, including our Buckinghamshire names database, now containing well over five million entries. Parish register transcripts and other Society publications will be on sale, and there will be lots of help and advice from friendly, experienced family historians. You'll be able to talk to representatives of guest societies from around the country, and a wide range of suppliers of maps and books, software, archival materials and other services will be waiting to fulfil your needs.

If you are new to family history we are giving a talk twice during the day, at 11am and 1.30pm (to be confirmed) which will be of particular interest to those visitors who have only recently begun their research.

Entry is free, and there will be free parking available at the venue. By bus from Aylesbury bus station take Arriva service 50 towards Wendover, alighting on Wendover Road opposite Chaucer Drive, about eight minutes walk.

Tea and coffee will be available; make a day of it and bring a packed lunch.

We'll be updating this page to list all the organizations attending, so come back to check out it out regularly. We, and the following organizations,  look forward to seeing you at The Grange School in July !

Sessions on "Starting Your Family History" at 11:00 and again at 14:00

Archives and Museums:
Census Detectives ;   Centre For Buckinghamshire Studies ; Chiltern Open Air Museum; Haddenham Museum
; Park The Heritage Pitstone Green Museum;

Commercial Organizations offering products and services:

CAB Search ; EurekA Partnership ; Family History Partnership ; G.R.Postcards ; R.A.Longley Publications ; M&M Publications ; My History ; This Way Books

Family History Societies:

Berkshire ; Bristol and Avon ; Essex ; Families in British India ; Family and Community History Research Association ; Guild of One Name StudiesHertfordshire  (withdrawn- see below) ; Jewish Genealogical Society ; London, Westminster and Middlesex ; Manchester and Lancashire ; Northamptonshire ; Oxfordshire ; Romany and Traveller ; Suffolk ; West MiddlesexWiltshire ; Wooster Family Group

Local History Interests:
Beaconsfield and District Historical Society ; Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society ; Cholesbury cum St Leonards Local History Group ; Hamlet Historians ; Records of Stone Parish; Society of One-Place Studies; Wolverton and District Archaeological and History Society

Military Interests:
Buckinghamshire Remembers ; Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Branch of the Western Front Association


The Census Detectives:
The Census Detectives are a small troupe of family historians from the Society of Genealogists who travel to various family history fairs in England and Wales showing people how to make best use of the internet for their research. With years of experience and understanding of the intricacies of online indexes and databases the Census Detectives provide the opportunity to sit down and have a personal consultation and see if that elusive census or BMD entry really cannot be found.

Centre For Buckinghamshire Studies
The County's principal archive, whose collections originate from a wide range of organizations and cover today's Buckinghamshire, as well as those areas of the county that are now in
Berkshire and Milton Keynes.

Chiltern Open Air Museum

A beautiful open air museum with an outstanding collection of historic buildings, working traditional farm, and award-winning schools workshops. Living history events through the year enable visitors to taste the life their ancestors may have experienced, with days devoted to traditional crafts, medieval life, Tudor farming and working the land with heavy horses, and what it was like to live in the nineteenth century.

Haddenham Museum
Offers an absorbing glimpse of former times in this delightful part of rural Buckinghamshire.

The Heritage Park Pitstone Green Museum
Located in the buildings and orchards of an 1831 farm, the Museum offers a fascinating and inexpensive day out for the family. The many interesting exhibits include three model railways, a 37hp Crossley gas engine, stationary engines, vintage wirelesses, photographic and electrical apparatus and a second world war military aviation room, the highlight being a full size reconstruction of a section of a wartime Avro Lancaster Bomber.

CAB Search
Archival storage products, books  and maps.

Eureka Partnership
An independant publisher offering its own research-based publications.

Family History Partnership
A publisher of books from some of the leading authors in the field of fsmily history.

Offering original postcards and ephemera.

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R.A. Longley Publications
Family history books, CDs and storage items.

M&M Publications
Offers a wide range of maps and books
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My History
Suppliers of software, binders and charts for the family historian.

This Way Books
Offering the range of Cassini Historical OS Maps, and other family and local history publications. 


Bristol and Avon

Essex soiety of Family History

Families in British India Society

Family and Community History Research Association

Guild of One Name Studies

Hertfordshire FHS

Herfordshire have had to withdraw. If you have any family history related questions Rosemary Roome may be able to help on the London, Westmister and Middlesex FHS stand. She is a member of both societies.

Jewish Genealogical Society

London, Westminster and Middlesex FHS

Manchester and Lancashire FHS

Northamptonshire FHS

Oxfordshire FHS

Romany and Traveller FHS

Suffolk FHS

West Middlesex FHS

Wiltshire FHS

Wooster Family Group

Beaconsfield and District Historical Society
Devoted to the history of the town and its environs, the Society now celebrates over fifty years of its own.
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Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society
The senior body in the County in the fields of Archaeology, Architecture and Local History, the Society has active specialist sections for Historic Buildings and Natural History.

Cholesbury cum St Leonards Local History Group
The society was founded in the early sixties to stimulate interest in the Hilltop Villages. There are regular talks by guest speakers.

Families in British India Society
Did your European or Anglo-Indian ancestors live or work in India or South Asia between 1600 and 1947? The Families In British India Society (FIBIS) is a self-help organisation devoted to members researching their ancestors and the background against which they led their lives in
‘British India’.

Hamlet Historians
The hamlets of Stokenchurch.

Records of Stone Parish
Records relating to Stone Parish will be available for visitors to conduct their own research
[no website]

Society for One-Place Studies
There are many individuals, societies and groups across the globe researching the people of a community within the context of the place in which they live. The vision of the Society is to bring together those like-minded people and provide a platform for members to share good practice, ideas and methodology, as well as promote the research being undertaken on their study area.

Buckinghamshire Remembers
Buckinghamshire war memorials, and World War I connections

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Branch of the Western Front Association
World War I
Website to be announced.

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