Events

Start Date Start Time Title Description Location
Saturday 17 August 2019 13:30 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor

Helen Ford: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor

LangleyACs

Helen Ford, Archive Manager at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick, will give this talk on the subject of family history and trade unions. Helen will provide an introduction to the Modern Records Centre and an overview of the wide range of occupations and trade union collections held there. Using several examples of different trade unions archives Helen will provide details of the specific types of membership records and the information they often contain, including marital status, employer, sickness and unemployment payments, retirement and cause of death.

Saturday 17th August 1.30pm

At Turnfurlong Junior School, Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP21 7PL. See Central Branch for details & charges.

Turnfurlong Junior School, Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP21 7PL
Wednesday 04 September 2019 19:30 The Enumerator Strikes Back

David Annal: The Enumerator Strikes Back

BKMHO107 1718The enumerators first went to work on the UK census in 1841 and have performed a vital role in each successive decennial census ever since then. It hasn’t always been an easy ride: confronted by hostile householders and at the mercy of the decisions made by the census authorities, their stories shed a fascinating light on one of the most important sets of records used by family historians today. Using original documents, contemporary newspaper reports and the census returns themselves, this talk will turn the spotlight onto the men and women who created the UK’s census returns.

Wednesday 7th September 7.30pm

At Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB See Northern Branch for details & charges.

Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB
Tuesday 10 September 2019 19:15 Amersham's Metroland

Emily Toettcher: Amersham’s Metroland

metrolandAmersham is the last and latest of the Metro-land housing developments. Emily will share the story of the railway's coming to Amersham, the development of the new town and the archetypal Metro-land housing that emerged in the 1930s.

Tuesday 10th September 7.30pm

At Bourne End Community Centre. Wakeman Road, Bourne End, SL8 5SX.

See Southern Branch for details & charges.

Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, Bucks SL8 5SX
Saturday 21 September 2019 13:30 Coaching Days On The Old Oxford Road

Julian Hunt: Coaching Days On The Old Oxford Road

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Julian begins his talk with a look at travel as it was in the 16th century before exploring the improvements to roads brought about by the turnpike trusts two hundred years later, and the evolution of the stage coaches which began to connect major towns. Those wealthy enough to engage their services were obliged to break their journeys at the numerous coaching inns which sprang up, some in what may seem to us curiously odd places. Julian explains how these essential facilities were large, slickly-managed businesses, without which the stage coach services could not have operated.

Saturday 21th September 1.30pm

At Turnfurlong Junior School, Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP21 7PL. See Central Branch for details & charges.

Turnfurlong Junior School, Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP21 7PL
Wednesday 02 October 2019 19:30 Down Among The Gypsies

Dianne Sutton: Down amoung the Gypsies

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About thirty years ago while researching her family tree Dianne unexpectedly discovered that a great-great-great-grandmother was a Romany Gypsy and she became interested in the history and culture of this often maligned community. Using examples from her own family and other historical documents Dianne will tell us about these travelling people.

Wednesday 2nd Octoberber 7.30pm

At Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB See Northern Branch for details & charges.

Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB
Tuesday 08 October 2019 19:15 Enclosure

Richard Churchley: Enclosure

Enclosure

An illustrated talk about enclosure - especially in Bucks, Northants and the Midlands - and its effects on the landscape and the people who lived through the process.

Tuesday 8th October 7.30pm

At Bourne End Community Centre. Wakeman Road, Bourne End, SL8 5SX.

See Southern Branch for details & charges.

Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, Bucks SL8 5SX
Saturday 19 October 2019 13:30 The 1939 Register

Ian Waller: The 1939 Register

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Ian Waller discusses the 1939 Register, like many documents, produced for one purpose and used for another. Now it gives an insight to the state of the population at the outbreak of World War Two.

Saturday 19th October 1.30pm

At Turnfurlong Junior School, Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP21 7PL. See Central Branch for details & charges.

Turnfurlong Junior School, Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP21 7PL
Wednesday 06 November 2019 19:30 Steve Beamon: Was Your Ancestor A Transport Police Officer

Steve Beamon: Was Your Ancestor A Transport Police Officer

Custodian

Research in this area is more difficult as British Transport Police are not geographically based like county police forces. Steve Beamon gives some insights into research in this area of family history.

Wednesday 6th November 7.30pm

At Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB See Northern Branch for details & charges.

Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB
Tuesday 12 November 2019 19:15 The British in India

Michael Gandy: The British in India

britishempire

The India Office Records and Private Papers are held in the British Library and their most extensive archives (14 kilometres of shelves!) relate to the East India Company and the British Empire in India; but there is also much complementary material in other British Library archival collections and the oral history recordings.

Tuesday 12th November 7.30pm

At Bourne End Community Centre. Wakeman Road, Bourne End, SL8 5SX.

See Southern Branch for details & charges.

Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, Bucks SL8 5SX
Saturday 16 November 2019 13:30 How to trace your Medieval Ancestors

Michael Gandy: How to trace your Medieval Ancestors

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With family trees reaching further into the past tracing anestors becomes more of a chalenge as digitised records are left behind. In his own style Michael Gandy will discuss the available record sources and their use.

Saturday 16th November 1.30pm

At Turnfurlong Junior School, Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP21 7PL. See Central Branch for details & charges.

Turnfurlong Junior School, Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP21 7PL