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Overseers of the Poor Accounts and Minute Book 1829
Nearly ten years ago I was in Aylesbury and - being short of time - photographed some 200 pages of the records of the Tingewick Overseers of the Poor. I recently came across them again and have started to post them to the internet, with a transcription and index. So far I have only done 15 pages but they make fascinating reading. It would seem that the parish was in the grip of very real poverty, and almost every working man was in receipt of some sort of assistance - generally, a few days' work, for which they were paid anything from 4d to 1/4d per day.
The pages will in due course make their way here to the main Tingewick site, but for speed I am initially posting them on Wordpress - apologies for the clunky navigation, but I thought the information in the book too interesting to keep to myself.
I would urge anyone who had family in the parish in 1829 to go and have a look - the index is at: http://tingewick.wordpress.com/overseers-accounts-index/.
It goes without saying that I am bound to have made mistakes in both the transcription and index. Please do report any that you spot - either by email (see the contact us page ) or via the comments boxes on Wordpress. Suggestions on how to improve the layout would also be appreciated - though at this stage my priority is just making the pages available, rather than making them pretty :)
I really appreciate all the stories and photos I'm sent to add to the website. Alas, it often takes much longer than I'd like to get them onto the site, but I do get there eventually. I have at least now resolved my problems with running PAF on an iMac so am starting to tackle a huge backlog of mail - feel free to send me a reminder if you have been waiting more than a few months! If you have sent a story or your details for inclusion in the Descendants/Researchers section, please check them and let me know if I've made mistakes - they do happen sometimes I'm afraid. And if you haven't sent anything yet ... why not? This site is only improving and expanding because of all the help and contributions from everyone else.
Do check out the What's New list.
People ask me why I run this site just to help other people. The first answer is - I enjoy it. The second answer is - you never know what unexpected connections you might make. I've been promising to tell the story of The Man From Penketh here for some time, and at last - here it is! This site is dedicated to him, and everyone like him.
About this site
While researching my daughter's ancestry, I became fascinated by the movement of ordinary people through the parish of Tingewick and accumulated quantities of transcripts and notes about them. I have been piecing them together into family trees: however, it is vital to realise that these will be full of errors, having been transcribed on paper from microfilm or original register or from information sent by other researchers: then transferred to computer as source transcripts, then finally built into families on the database.
In the fifteen years or so since I started the site I've heard from so many really interesting people. I'm getting more and more contributions to all the sections especially photos, wills and family stories as well as links to sites by other researchers. Alas, with family and work commitments etc I constantly fall behind so have added two more pages - Coming Soon and What's New. If you have contributed something and it doesn't appear on one or other of these lists (or the website), please get in touch with me again and remind me!!!
If you would like to be included in 'Tingewick Descendants' section, please email me your details, in the same format as the pages I have already done [or ask me for a template] and I will be delighted to add you.