The list of books here provides a bibliography for the information included on the Buckinghamshire pages. It also makes a great a place to start for doing your own research about the context of your ancestors’ lives. As of now, I haven’t included books that cover the how-to aspect of English genealogy. Books that mostly contain information about Western Europe in general are included in the Useful Source and Links for Western Europe page.
The websites section below provides links to further information, including how-to instructions for this area (and all of England). Be sure to try the Records section for help on how to get the most out of the records in this region.
Briggs, Asa. The Age of Improvement 1783-1867, second edition. London: Longman, 2000.
Davis, Richard W. Political Change and Continuity 17760-1885: A Buckinghamshire Study. Hamden, Connecticut: Archon Books, 1972.
Evans, Eric J. The Forging of the Modern State: Early Industrial Britain 1783-1870, third edition. Harlow, England: Longman, 2001.
Humphries, Jane. “Standard of Living, Quality of Life.” In A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Britian. Chris Williams, editor. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing, 2001.
Hunt, Julian. Buckingham: A Pictorial History. Chichester, West Sussex, England: Phillimore & Co. Ltd. in association with Buckinghamshire County Library, 1994.
Lipscomb, George. The History and Antiquities of the County of Buckingham. London: J. & W. Robins, 1841.
Murphy, Derrick, Richard Staton, Patrick Walsh-Atkins, and Neil Whiskend. Britian 1815-1918. London: Collins Educational, 1998.
Royle, Edward. Modern Britain: A Society History 1750-1997, second edition. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997.
Sheahan, James Joseph. History and Topography of Buckinghamshire. London: Longman, 1861.
Vernon, Muriel T. and Desmond C. Bonner. Buckingham: A History of a Country Market Town, third edition. Milton Keynes, England: Grillford Ltd., 1984.
Genuki Website: www.genuki.org.uk
The Genuki website is an incredible helpful resource jam-packed with resources for anyone looking for their family from the United Kingdom or Ireland. Try this page: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/ to access a list of the counties in England for specific information about a particular county. The Buckinghamshire page is located at http://met.open.ac.uk/genuki/big/eng/BKM/. From here, you can access an extensive amount of further information. The Towns and Parishes section has links to each town in the country, including a brief description and history, information about records, and even usually a link to a photo. Within the Genuki website, look at: http://met.open.ac.uk/genuki/big/eng/BKM/ for numbers on how many people in the various towns attended certain churches.
http://www.familyhistoryonline.net/ - Family History Online is a pay-per-view source run through the Federation of Family History Societies. Here, for a small fee, you can search numerous records from Buckinghamshire and other places throughout England such as census and burial records among others.
http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ - The Free BMD site seeks to make records available, as it names implies, for free. It is a constantly growing database whose aim is to eventually transcribe all of the civil registration records (begun in 1837) of births, marriages, and deaths. Although not complete yet, it contains a huge number of records which you can search quickly and easily. On their main page, you can also find links to newer projects which seek to make census and parish records also available online and free of charge.
http://www.bucksfhs.com/ - This link takes you to the Buckinghamshire Family History Society. Among other useful things, they have some databases they will search for you for a small fee. (I used their marriage index to successfully locate a family I had spent dozens of hours looking for.)
http://www.bucksgs.org.uk/ - The other society of this locality, Buckinghamshire Genealogical Society is located here.