Oral History – Why Bother?

Oral History SeriesOral history is a great way of sharing history with the older generation. The older the individual in your family you talk to, perhaps the further back you might get with your family history.

My Great Aunt, born in 1900 was able to tell me that her Great Grandmother had the name Prudence Budd. From research I was able to confirm that indeed her Great Grandmother was Prudence Budd who died, in 1855 just aged 37. The name of Prudence carried down the generations, to My Great Aunt’s mother and then to my Great Aunt’s daughter who had the name as a middle name.

In terms of the Budd family, they resided in Puttenham,Surrey, England from as far back as 1724, and there are still Budd’s in the neighbouring area today. The Budd’s were a fascinating family. They appeared in the poor law books, the females frequently had children outside of marriage, which was shocking at this time in history. The Budd’s also feature quite heavily in the archives of the village curate, Charles Kerry, who drew a fascinating pedigree, complete with snippets of information, some of which would have passed us by had Kerry not documented them in the pedigree below.


Budd Pedigree according to curate, Charles Kerry – Puttenham, Surrey (Kerry Manuscripts Vol 4)

I descend through Prudence who was the daughter of Richard Budd and Sarah Kemp, and I will talk more on the Budd family in the coming months.

Whilst I achieved this tree on the back of research conducted at the records centre, I was introduced to the manuscripts of Charles Kerry and the interesting additions to the pedigree, the catalyst for extra depth and understanding was the conversation with my Great Aunt.

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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2 Responses to Oral History – Why Bother?

  1. Pingback: Oral History – Why Bother? (Part Two) | Anglers Rest ~ Julie Goucher

  2. gentraveling says:

    Great post! I need to go search and find that audio file of an interview I recorded a few years back. Thanks for the reminder!


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