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Parish Registers

Dates of UK Parish Registers

UK Parish Registers go from 1538 to the present day. Not all records survive.

A useful source of information is "The Phillimore Atlas and Index to Parish Registers" by Cecil Humphrey-Smith which contains parish maps and a list of registers (and dates) available.

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Dates and the Calendar

1751 - The Nine Month Year and 1752 - the year they stole 11 days

Before 1751 the UK worked by the Julian calendar (25th March, Lady Day, to 24th March). By this time most of Europe, with the exception of Russia, had switched to the Gregorian calendar (1st January to 31st December).

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Civil Registration

Dates of Civil Registration

Civil Registration started in the UK on 1st July 1837 and continues to the present day.

Acts of Parliament which created Civil Registration

Read more: Civil Registration

Finding Living People

Bucks FHS does not participate in finding living people and is compliant with Data Protection Legislation.

Here are some links that will help you to find living people

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Exchange Journals Library

The society exchanges journals with a large number of other Family History Societies both in this country and overseas. The librarian keeps the three most recent journals of each society. Members may borrow journals for up to a month by post or at the Central or North Bucks meetings. Those borrowing by post are asked to reimburse the small postal charges.  As new journals are received the older ones are passed on to the South Group.

General Library

The General Library consists of several hundred books and transcripts which relate to many areas of family history research.

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Census 1801 - 1911

Dates of Uk Censuses

  • 1801 Mar 10
  • 1811 May 27
  • 1821 May 28
  • 1831 May 30
  • 1841 Jun 6
  • 1851 Mar 30
  • 1861 Apr 7
  • 1871 Apr 2
  • 1881 Apr 3
  • 1891 Apr 5
  • 1901 Mar 31
  • 1911 Apr 2

Read more: Census 1801 - 1911


  • Requested Searches

    The Society has been creating databases of Family History data for over 15 years. We can provide searches in the databases listed below.

  • General Information
  • Other Facilities
  • Libraries

    The Society has a number of libraries and other facilities containing data about Buckinghamshire history. Most items are available to UK members on loan and for overseas members there is usually a lookup service. Library material is only available to Society members.

  • Census & IGI