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WONERSH ONE-PLACE STUDY For anyone researching, or simply interested in people connected with Wonersh, this is the place to look: The Wonersh study, which is registered with The Society for One-Place Studies, is being compiled by Jan Cooper, one of our members. To date she has listed nearly 11,000 people. Jan has collected and transcribed every Wonersh census image from 1841 to 1911 which provide to full names and addresses, marital status, age, occupation and place of birth. The 1911 census also gives number of years married and numbers of children born and still living. Some Parish registers are online and these too were transcribed and provide additional information: Baptisms - name of parents, occupation of father; Marriages occupations of both fathers, residence of bride and groom, witnesses; Burials age, address, sometimes relationship. Gathering information on burials can be particularly difficult. We understand that the churchyard in Wonersh was full by 1861 and many burials would have taken place in Shamley Green in the consecrated ground surrounding their Chapel of Ease. Sadly few records seem to have survived about who was buried there in that time. The funeral service appears to have taken place in St John’s in Wonersh but where the body lies is sometimes a mystery. Christ Church in Shamley Green became a church in its own right from 1881 and as they are still using their original burial register it has not been scanned but we were fortunate to be able to see the register briefly and take some information from it.
NEW RECORDS We now hold copies and transcriptions of the National Register taken in the village in 1939. We also have photographs of all Birth, Marriage & Death registers for Christ Church, Shamley Green 1881–June 2017. Lastly, we have some copies of the old and new churchyard grave plots so are slowly taking photographs to match the plot and match up with funerals taking place in St John the Baptist. Unfortunately, Chapel of Ease records have still not been found. “We have a number of old Wonersh wills and I would be really grateful if anyone would be willing to have a go at transcribing one or two and creating Word documents.” Jan
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