Saturday, September 29, 2012

Woburn, Bedfordshire, England

This weekend we enjoyed a lovely mini-vacation/babymoon in Woburn, a small village in Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire, England.  It is roughly an hour and forty-five minutes south east of where we currently live.

While we did not have the opportunity to visit the Woburn Heritage Centre Museum, if you have ancestors from there, I highly recommend seeing it if you can.

They are open to family history researchers and have censuses, birth records, yearbooks, old school photographs, and more on site.

We explored the cemetery behind the old St. Mary's Church (the first church was built on the site in 1500's), and most of the graves date from the 1800's.  Unfortunately, the majority are in disrepair and unreadable.  According to the Heritage Centre's website, they plan to map the graveyard and identify the plots, so visitors will be able to locate ancestors buried there.

The Heritage Centre is open from Easter to October, so the window of time to visit and utilize the resources they offer is limited.  However, admission is free (donations are appreciated).

So if you have ancestors from Woburn, it is exciting to know they cater to genealogists.  Even though I do not have any family connections to the village, the genealogist in me was still thrilled to read about the resources available.

Copyright (c) 2012 Wendy L. Callahan


  1. I like the, "they cater to genealogists," I wonder if Woburn, MA is named after this English town.

    1. Yes, the fact that they recognize genealogy/family history is such a popular avocation for many people is wonderful.

      You know, I wondered the same thing! Since I worked in Woburn, MA for 2 years, it was interesting to see the village that probably inspired its name. Like night and day! :)