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The Gentlemans Magazine The Gentleman's Magazine Library 1731-1868, Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces. In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, with a single common index. An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places. Ref 0770 Price £14.50.
The Complete Parish Officer 1772 The Complete Parish Officer 1772. This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer. It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen. Ref 0766 Price £16.60.
Lyson's Magna Britannia - Bedfordshire Lyson's Magna Britannia - Bedfordshire (1806). A really excellent description and history of Bedfordshire, its towns and villages and people. Published in 1806. Illustrated with fine engravings.Ref 0434-1 Price £13.50
Genealogia Bedfordiensis

Genealogia Bedfordiensis - ISBN: 1-84630-138-6

Originally published privately by the editor Frederick Augustus Blaydes 1890, Genealogia Bedfordensis is subtitled Being a collection of evidences relating chiefly to the Landed Gentry of Bedfordshire AD 1538-1700 collected out of Parish Registers, the Bishop's transcripts, early wills, monumental inscriptions, etc. Containing 512 pages, with a comprehensives names index, Genealogia Bedfordensis represents an important collection of genealogical information on a number of the more noted families from the county, as well as copious transcripts of parish registers and other data. Only 100 copies were ever printed, making this one of the rarest, yet most valuable resources for Bedfordshire.

During the course of compiling notes for his publication, Blaydes examined in situ some forty-seven parishes in the county and examined the parish registers held therein in local custody by their incumbents. Of these, ten dated from 1538 and many contained annotations hinting at the customs and habits of the local people. Also contained were curios such as cases of rabies, burials at night and excommunications for fornication as late as 1729. In addition to the examination of the the records for 47 Bedfordshire parishes, Blaydes also undertook what he called the 'dirty but rewarding task' of sifting through the thousands of records held on slips of paper submitted to the Archdeaconry of Bedford, referred to as the 'Bishop's Transcripts'. These mainly date from 1604 onwards and it was from these that the editor was able to fill in many blanks in family pedigrees. The Bishops Transcripts on the whole contained less genealogical information that the parish registers examined, but the former did provide additional information, such as a family's social standing.

The publication is arranged alphabetically by parish and details the baptismal, marriage and burial records from the earliest available date of the parish register until 1700. The second portion of the publication provides some detailed genealogical information on the individuals cited within each section of the parochial register portion of the publication drawn from the Bishop's Transcripts, wills and other sources. The parishes covered in Genealogia Bedfordensis are as follows:

Ampthill, Arlesey, Aspley-Guise, Astwick, Barford Great, Barford Little, Barton-le-Cley, Battlesden, Bedford, Bedford St. John, Bedford St. Paul, Bedford St. Mary, Bedford St. Peter Martin, Biddenham, Billington, Biggleswade, Bletsoe, Blunham, Bolnhurst, Bromham, Caddington,Campton Cum Shefford, Cardington, Carlton, Chalgrave, Chellington, Clapham, Clifton, Clophill, Cokayne-Hatley, Colmworth, Cople, Cranfield, Deane, Dunstable, Dunton, Eaton-Bray, Eaton-Socon, Edworth, Elstow, Eversholt, Eyworth, Farndish, Felmersham, Flitton, Flitwick, Goldington, Gravenhurst Lower & Upper, Harlington, Harrold, Hawnes, Henlow, Higham- Cobton, Hockliff, Holwell, Houghton-Conquest, Houghton-Regis, Hulcote, Husborne-Crawley, Kempston, Keysoe, Knotting, Langford, Leighton-Bussard, Lidlington, Luton, Marston Morteyne, Maulden, Melchbourne, Meppersall, Millbrooke, Milton-Bryan, Milton-Ernest, Northill, Oakely, Odell, Padenham, Pertenhall, Pottesgrove, Potton, Pulloxhill, Ravensden, Renhold, Riseley, Roxton, Salford, Sandy, Sharnbrook, Shelton, Shillington, Souldrop, Southill, Stagsden, Steppingley, Stevenington, Stondon Upper, Stotfold, Streatley, Studham, Sundon, Sutton, Tempsford, Thurleigh, Tilbrook, Tilsworth, Tingrith, Toddington, Totternhoe, Turvey, Warden, Westoning, Whipsnade, Wilden, Willington, Wilshamstead, Woburn, Wootton, Wrestlingworth, Wymmington and Yeldon.

Genealogia Bedfordensis is a must for anyone interested in the noted families of Bedfordshire from 1538 until 1700 and is republished here in fully-searchable CD-Rom.

"Pure family history gold" - BBC Who Do You Think You Are Magazine May 2009.

Ref IE5004 Price £21.90

the national roll of the great war The National Roll of the Great War - Luton and District (Section 5). An excellent book with details of the people from Luton and district (includes Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire - St Albans, Hemel Hempstead etc.) who served in the Great War.

Not just soldiers but also those with other occupations. Nurses, key factory workers etc. Ref 1359 Price £17.10
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