Saturday, May 26, 2007

Back to the 1891 census

I've turned my attention back to the 1891 census transcription for Wing - it really is time to just get it finished, don't you think? I'm two-thirds of the way through it, that's almost 1200 people out of 1800.

A couple of pages I transcribed this week have some interesting non-conformist entries on it. The Primitive (Methodist) Chapel is listed, with no occupants but with the known Methodist families of GUESS and WOODWARDS living next door. And James and Kate HELEY, who were connected to the Congregational Union chapel, have an evangelist as a visitor in their home on census night. This is the same Kate HELEY who penned a notebook entitled "Scraps and Incidents and Notes of the Lord's Dealings" covering the decade before (this can be found at the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies). I'd love to read that!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Ascott House

I was browsing our local paper online this morning, and there was a brief mention of Ascott House.....apparently one of the Rothschild family owns a property in NZ which is being developed as an organic farm!

David de Rothschild's Banks Peninsula farm

Friday, May 18, 2007

No Quakers in Wing

It's official. I've checked the Buckinghamshire digests of the Quaker registers for births, marriages and deaths to 1837, and there's no one from Wing listed.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Practical Family History magazine

The April issue of Practical Family History has just arrived here in NZ. It has an article on Finding Your Forebears in Buckinghamshire by Alan Stewart, which was kind enough to mention the Wing One Place Study - thanks Alan!

If you missed this issue, you can order a copy direct from the publishers at ABM Publishing.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Photo pages update

I haven't added any new photos, but the three pages that consist primarily of photos of modern-day Wing (Photos 2005, All Saints Church 2005, and the Wing War Memorial) have now been converted so they look the same as the rest of the website.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

May update

The new pages for May are all about non-conformists in Wing - the chapels that existed, the records that are available, along with transcriptions of some of the source records and other snippets that may include one of your surnames! Non-conformity almost seems to be the norm in Wing judging by the numbers attending those chapels, so more than likely there will be a branch of your tree in there somewhere.

If you have anything else to contribute to the non-conformist pages, perhaps some evidence that your ancestor was also non-conformist, please let me know.

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