Migration

Need to know where your Wing people moved on to, or where they came from before mysteriously materialising in Wing? Here’s some suggestions of where to start looking for them.

If you’ve lost track of your Wing folk in the late 1800s or 1900s, they most likely headed for London. The Rothschild family employed many locals on the Ascott estate, and the servants tended to travel with them each season to their London home (Gunnersbury Park), or move position to one of the other country estates held by the extended family (Aston Clinton House, Halton House, Mentmore Towers and Eythrope in Mentmore, Waddesdon Manor, Tring Park, Oundle). This also worked the other way, with some employees settling permanently in Wing after moving from another Rothschild estate to Ascott.

As one family member moved to London, others tended to follow, so investigate what became of siblings and other extended family members. Another good place to check is Leighton Buzzard, the nearest large town.

Heading the other direction time-wise, many researchers including myself have found they can track their Wing people back through the 1800s just fine, perhaps even back to around the mid 1700s, but the trail stops there. I’m not sure of the reason for the movements around this time (probably connected with agricultural employment), but you are not alone in wondering where your families were from before then. If your ancestors arrived in Wing prior to the start of the parish registers, perhaps you will find them on the list of early immigrants from overseas countries?

A good place to start looking would be in Wing’s neighbouring parishes. The parishes found in Buckinghamshire within 5 miles of Wing are as follows:

If you have a genealogical connection to one of these villages and might be interested in undertaking a one-place study, I’d be happy to offer advice!

Wing is also close to the borders with Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, so other parishes to check over in those counties are:

Good luck – and please let me know what you discover. I would like to build up a picture of the migration to and from Wing so knowing where particular families or individuals went to or came from is extremely useful.

Wing people also go wandering temporarily and end up marrying, baptising children, or being buried elsewhere.

Strays - Baptisms

While stray baptisms are less common than stray burials, they did occur. First time mothers-to-be may return to the home of their own mother for support while giving birth, and the baptism may therefore take place in that parish rather than their current residence of Wing. A family on the move may baptise their child …

Strays - Marriages

While Wing was a large enough parish that a suitable bride or groom could likely be found in the immediate vicinity, a prospective spouse could also have come from a different parish altogether and thus the marriage of our Wing ancestor may have taken place elsewhere. The happy couple may also wish to marry in …

Strays - Burials

While an individual would generally be buried in their parish of usual residence, this did not always happen. If a person had family ties with another parish they may wished to be buried with their loved ones who had already passed on. Sometimes an individual would die some distance from home and it was not …

Emigrants on the Thetis 1848

Financial assistance was available to those individuals and families prepared to leave their homes and travel around the world to a new life in the English colonies. Local poor law commissioners were responsible for paying costs for their parishioners to reach the port of embarkation, while the Australian government would pay the majority of the …