Buckinghamshire Record Office's collections cover Buckinghamshire, including parts of the county now in Berkshire and Milton Keynes. It is based in County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury. Their aim is to preserve and collect documents relating to the area and to promote their use, serving educational, recreational, cultural and administrative needs.
Their resources come from a broad range of organisations and private individuals and include census returns, maps, microfilmed parish registers, local newspapers, maps and approximately 35000 wills.
They also hold many local history books, some of which can be lent to members of the public.
Whether you wish to study your family history, conduct research for a school, college or university assignment, research the history of a house or discover more about your local area, you will find the documents held of use. The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you require assistance.
Many resources are available online, which include 1872 Beer House List, licensed marriages in the Archdeaconry of Buckingham, school admission registers and SWOP, which is a list of historical images of High Wycombe and the surrounding area.
Online resources also include Trade Directories dating from the mid-eighteenth century to the 1930s and a database of prisoners in Aylesbury County Gaol in the 1870s. Whilst some entries only include their photograph, some entries include more details such as details of their crime and their punishment.
Opening hours may be found by going to their Home Page.
Parking is not available at County Hall, but there are numerous long and short stay car parks in the town centre which are within five or ten minutes walking distance of Buckinghamshire Record Office.
It is advisable to book a microfilm or microfiche reader before visiting to avoid disappointment, especially if travelling a long distance. It is important to book if you wish to peruse maps because the large map table is often reserved well in advance.
You are able to use a digital camera. They make a daily charge for people taking advantage of this service. Not all documents can be photographed because some archives are fragile and can be easily damaged.
The Office is fully accessible to people using wheelchairs.
If you are unable to visit in person, they offer a Research Service. They make a minimum charge relating to one hour's research, but will not undertake research for more than three hours. A list of Independent Research Agents is also available.
Buckinghamshire Archives has a Twitter Account available at @CenBucksStudies. They use this Account to provide details about the Archive.
The Archive is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network) .