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19-03-2005, 9:37 PM
My family originated from Allscott, Risborough. The first being Thomas Hawes, b. Abt. 1507 and d. Abt. 27 May 1554, Prince(s) Riysborne, Bucks. Other places mention are Great Missenden. Are these the name of villages, towns, counties or what? Is "Bucks" and "Buckingham" and "Buckinghamshire" the same place? Sorry for my limited knowledhe of England. I have researched my family for over 30 years in the USA. This is my first venture into the motherland. Would appreciate some quidance concerning these matters.
Robert D. Hawes
20-03-2005, 9:35 AM
My family originated from Allscott, Risborough......Other places mention are Great Missenden. Are these the name of villages, towns, counties or what? Is "Bucks" and "Buckingham" and "Buckinghamshire" the same place? Sorry for my limited knowledhe of England.
Bucks is an abbreviation for Buckinghamshire. Buckinghamshire is a county. Buckingham is the town after which the shire/county was named.
There are many online maps to help you with the geography over here, try:
and search under Princes Risborough (a town) or Great Missenden (a village)
You have series of websites in America which are collected together under USGenweb, these are somewhat similar to a site over here known as GENUKI. The homepage is
from which you can gain access to all the counties.
31-03-2005, 10:39 AM
You might also consider joining the Buckinghamshire Family History Society http://www.bucksfhs.org.uk/ where you can log your research interests and see if other members contact you. I think you can search of members interests as a nonmember and see if anybody is researching the people you want to know about. They also offer a database search service for their many transcriptions of parish registers, though I am not sure if they go back as far as you have.
There is also the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies in Aylesbury http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/archives/index.stm
which may offer a search facility at a cost. If you are ever over in the UK and are studying Buckinghamshire then it is an invaluable place to go. I am only back to 1750ish with my family but I have seen documents (the originals!) going back to the 16th century and staff are very helpful.
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