Bucks Family History Society Open Day was held in Aylesbury on 25th July 2015.

Museum volunteers, Geoff Swindells, who is a Committee member of the BFHS, persuaded the Museum to take an exhibitor’s table at the above event.

David Harding and Elizabeth Knight took some examples of documentation of primary and secondary sources available for family historians.  It was thought that this was a suitable event to “launch” the recent digitisation of the Poor Law Books, conserved thanks to a generous donation from a family historian.  This benefactor was also due to visit that day.  Half-way to Aylesbury, David realised he had forgotten the lap top!  However, as we had brought one of the Poor Law ledgers for display and Geoff had given us some of his transcribed sheets, we thought we could cope!  I had also taken Dr Grendon’s ledger listing his patient in Cowper’s day, and the 1796 Dartmouth Survey, which lists the tenant farms and details of their land and a photograph album of the Morgan/Wontner family.

Liz and Poor Laws
Our stand at the Bucks Family History Society Open Day

The benefits of having this table were that all the visitors appreciated being able to see original documents.  We handed out lots of Museum leaflets and a leaflet listing all the primary and secondary sources available to family historians.  A couple of people requested a group visit to the Museum and a talk to their society.