Come and Meet Us

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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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, with an introductory talk given for those new to family history.

Regular visitors will have noticed how local history has become better represented year on year, with more museums and local history groups exhibiting alongside family history societies from around the country, archives and the customary range of suppliers of maps, books, software, archival materials and other services. We hope to continue this trend in 2018.

Entry is free. In addition to tea, coffee and light snacks, hot food such as burgers and hot dogs will be available from a mobile caterer. Come 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 RAF Halton and 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 28th July 2018, 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.

We, and the following organizations,  look forward to meeting you at The Grange School in July:

Family History Research:

AGRA (Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives)

There may be occasions when you need research carried out on records that you are unable to access yourself. Perhaps you have limited time, or you may have hit a 'brickwall'. Employing a professional genealogist should be considered in the same way as engaging the services of any other professional. Members of AGRA are professional genealogists who will have seen a very wide range of records over many years and who have undertaken to abide by a professional Code Of Conduct which puts clients' interests first.


Berkshire Family History Society


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.

Doncaster & District Family History Society

Midland Ancestors

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’.

Family and Community History Research Association

Local and community history research

Guild of One Names Studies

The Guild of One-Name Studies is the worldwide centre of excellence in one-name studies and promotes the interests of both the individuals and groups who are engaged in them.

John Smith? - No Problem!

Two researchers who have turned their experience of researching a common surname into a book to guide others.
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London Westminster and Middlesex Family History Society


Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society

Oxfordshire Family History Society

Romany and Traveller Family History Society

Suffolk Family History Society

West Middlesex Family History Society

West Surrey Family History Society

Wiltshire Family History Society

Wooster Family Group

Local History Research:

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.


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.


Buckinghamshire Record Society

Buckinghamshire Record Society aims to make more of the County's records readily available by publishing texts, calendars and indexes, and has a grants scheme to encourage research, publication, and the diffusion of information about the history of the county.

The Celfunde Inheritance

Local history and heritage for Chalfont St Peter.

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Cholesbury cum St Leonards Local History Group

Local history of Cholesbury and St Leonards

Leighton Buzzard and District Archaelogical and Historical Society

Local history for the Leighton Buzzard area.


Newport Pagnell Historical Society

Founded in 1984 by a small group interested in the buildings and people of the town, by the 1990's the thriving society was able to purchase Chandos Hall and open it both as a museum and the Society's headquarters. The Society is active in many aspects of the town and further afield, including the preservation of buildings, many of which have been lost in the past.


Records of Stone Parish

Records relating to Stone Parish will be available for visitors to conduct their own research

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Village Past Local and Family History

Local and family history of Stokenchurch and the surronding area.

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Wolverton and District Archaeological and Historical Society

With a range of local and social history books, relating to Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire in particular.


Archives and Museums

Centre For Buckinghamshire Studies

Buckinghamshire'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.

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.


Military Connections

Friends of the Oxford and Bucks Regiment

Military history of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Branch of the Western Front Association

World War One research.

Unknown Soldier

Unknown Soldier is a military research service which explores 175 years of the British Army’s history between the years 1745 and 1920 and which specializes in soldier research. If you have an ancestor who served with the British Army, Unknown Soldier can help uncover their soldiering past.


Printed Publications, Software, Archival Products and Other Services

CAB Search

Archival storage products, books  and maps.

EurekA Partnership

An independent publisher offering its own range of affordable books based on research using many lesser-known original sources.

Family History Partnership

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



Offering original postcards and ephemera.

(No website)



MM Publications

Offers a wide range of maps and books

My History

Suppliers of software, binders and charts for the family historian.

R.A. Longley Publications

Family history books, CDs and storage items.

This Way Books

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


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