Christopher Fance

May 222018
 

On Monday, 25 June, after the AGM, Christopher Fance will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Finding Relatives using DNA Tests

Christopher will explain what he hoped to discover by taking two DNA tests and what the results of the tests showed. Like many family historians, he has a number of ‘brick walls’ in his ancestry. He has obtained new information which has shed new light on his mother’s ancestors. He will also explain where the results have been problematic.

At present he arranges speakers for the main meetings of OFHS in the Exeter Hall in Kidlington and is a member of the society’s committee. He is a retired schoolmaster and has been working on his and others’ ancestry for many years. He has researched individuals in Canada, the USA, South Africa, India, Burma and Australia.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available.

Apr 242018
 

On Monday, 21 May, Dr. Simon Wenham will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Poverty, Pestilence and Public Health in Victorian Britain

Britain may have been the ‘workshop of the world’ in the Victorian period, but the sceptre of poverty and pestilence loomed large over the lives of many of its citizens. A large proportion of people were not only close to the bread line, but repeated epidemics decimated whole swathes of the population. This talk explores the wealth and health of the British during the Victorian period and the State’s attempt to improve conditions.

Dr Simon Wenham is a member of the part-time tutor panel of Oxford University’s Continuing Education Department, where he focuses mainly on Victorian history.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available.

Mar 272018
 

On Monday, 23 April, Tom Doig will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Old photographs; their identification and dating

Great grand-mother’s boxes of photographs, particularly her cartes de visite, were a source of fascination when we were children. She knew who the people were and so rarely wrote their names on the back. Many Victorian photographs were taken on specific occasions, such as coming of age, emigration or wedding anniversaries. Using unsual techniques, the speaker will look for clues for their identification and suggest procedures for dating them. He will spend some time before his talk discussing old photographs that members of the society may like to bring from their collections.

Tom Doig is a qualified engineer, teacher and social historian researching rural life in the 19th and 20th century. He is well known for his books on local history and for his radio and television programmes and has lectured widely in the UK and abroad. During the 1990’s, he held the post of Director of the Cambridge and County Folk Museum and subsequently the Amberley Industrial Museum. Currently, he is Honorary Curator to the 398th USAF Bomber Group Museum at Nuthampstead. Tom has recently the completed five books of old photographs in a series on Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire for the Francis Frith Collection. A member of the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists, Tom Doig served a term as Vice-President of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. He lives in a remote rural part of north Hertfordshire in a converted cattle shed built during the 1840’s as part of a model farmstead. When relaxing from his history research, Tom devotes his time to the preservation of his 1923 Morris ‘Bullnose’ Cowley and 1973 Triumph Stag car.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available.

Feb 272018
 

On Monday, 26 March, Malcolm Graham will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Women in Oxford during the Great War

The talk about Women in Oxford during the Great War will cover women’s reactions to the war and its effects on home and family life; the part played by university women; the range of work, both paid and voluntary, undertaken by local women; the new financial independence enjoyed by some women; moral panic about khaki fever among young women and girls; and society’s changing attitudes to women (women’s suffrage, health and housing).

Malcolm Graham is an Oxford local historian, now retired after a professional career as local studies librarian and then Head of Oxfordshire Studies with Oxfordshire County Council. He has published many books and articles about the city and county, including Oxfordshire at War about the county in the Second World War in 1994 and, in 2014, Oxford in the Great War. When he retired in 2008, he was honoured to be made one of Oxfordshire Family History Society’s Vice-Presidents for his work in improving the county’s services for family historians.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available.

Jan 232018
 

On Monday, 26 February, Maggie Loughran will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Researching ancestors in Ireland

Over the centuries, one of Ireland’s greatest exports has been its people. This has taken many guises be it voluntarily to travel the world, to explore seeking fame and fortune, economic migrants, trade, colonise, govern or forcibly transported, to fight or to garrison some far off settlement. It is estimated that there are over one million people of Irish birth in Britain today, plus numerous second, third or fourth generation Irish. The major challenge to those of us with Irish ancestors is to determine their actual place of birth, without this it is nigh on impossible to undertakeany research within Ireland, even if you trying to research a fairly uncommon surname. This talk will guide you through sources to help determine your ancestors place of birth and also look at some of the more easily accessible Irish records.

Maggie Loughran is a lecturer, educator and author, regularly contributing articles on family and local history to various journals and magazines and is co-author of the best selling ‘Discover Your Roots’ (published 2006). She has lectured extensively both in the UK and USA and organised courses and conferences on family and local history related subjects. She is a past Chairman of both local and family history societies and a past Administrator of the UK based, Federation of Family History Societies. Also for the blog: She is half Irish and has been actively researching her own and her husband’s Irish ancestors for over 25 years.

By courtesy of www.dreamstime.com

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available.

Nov 282017
 

On Monday, 22 January, Stephen Barker will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Oxfordshire on the Home Front 1914-18

‘Oxfordshire on the Home Front 1914-18’ will explain about the impact of the war in the towns and countryside. It will focus upon fundraising and charitable events, munitions production, recruitment, the effects upon women and children, the fear of invasion, the influx of Belgian refugees and many other themes. The talk is fully illustrated and uses testimony from those who were there.

Stephen Barker is an independent Heritage Advisor with many years experience in the sector gained through working with a number of museums, universities, charities and other heritage organisations. He has managed and curated a significant number of historical projects. He is currently working with the History Faculty, University of Oxford and the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum. Stephen specialises in military history, particularly the First World War and British Civil Wars.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available.

Oct 242017
 

On Monday, 27 November, Chris and Judy Rouse will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

The History of the Midland Railway and its Staff Records

This is a good starting point for research into railway ancestry – using our knowledge of the Midland Railway to provide examples. The speakers provide a brief history of the Midland Railway and then a more in depth look at the various types of records available for researchers: – Staff records held at the National Archives and elsewhere, Board of Trade Accident reports, Directors and other Minutes, Local and National newspapers, census records, photographs, maps and illustrations etc. Researchers can then adapt the techniques to researching their own particular railway ancestor on any British railway.

Chris Rouse, a retired Chartered Accountant has Midland Railway ancestry, including signalmen, platelayers and guards, He has always been keenly interested in researching the history of railways in England and Wales, was one of the first members of the Midland Railway Society, being its Annual President in 2008.He has written a series of articles on early Midland railway accidents, and other subjects relating to the Midland Railway. Judy Rouse, a retired librarian is a Family History researcher of long standing, with ancestry based in Wiltshire, Shropshire and Stafford shire. She is a member of Wilts FHS and amongst other things over the years has answered enquiries on its Monumental Inscriptions Index, and had a period as its General Secretary. Judy also has railway men among her ancestors, in her case working for the Great Western Railway Company, which she has been able to research successfully. She also gives talks and writes articles on her Wiltshire and Shropshire ancestry.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available.

Sep 262017
 

On Monday, 23 October, Peter Towey will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Tracing Ancestors in Continental Europe

The talk will outline the history of immigration from continental Europe to England over the centuries. It will then cover where European ancestors are most likely to turn up and when and how to use English archives to identify immigrants. For each of the main countries of origin, the main record sources will be reviewed and the best way of accessing them online or off.

Peter Towey is a retired civil servant and has also recently retired from professional genealogical research after 20+ years. He has been interested in family history since 1969 when he joined the Society of Genealogists. He has been Chairman, and later a Vice-President, of the Guild of One-Name Studies. He was also a founder member, Chairman and now Vice-President of the Anglo-German Family History Society. He is also Membership Secretary of the Friends of Devon’s Archives. He is now concentrating on genetic DNA; trying to get through his “brick walls”!

Map by courtesy of Dreamstime

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available.

Sep 142017
 

The Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock marks the 20th anniversary of the Treasure Act with an exhibition showcasing some of Oxfordshire’s most amazing treasure finds. As part of a nationwide celebration being led by the British Museum, the exhibition will look at the huge significance that both the Treasure Act and the Portable Antiquities Scheme have had on the County’s collection and its contribution to our understanding of Oxfordshire’s history.

The Treasure Act, 1996 was introduced in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on the 24th September 1997 in order to preserve significant archaeological finds for the nation. Over the past 20 years thousands of objects found by members of the public have been made available to the nation because of the Act. The Portable Antiquities Scheme was set up at the same time to collect details of all the finds that did not class as Treasure. With over 1 million objects recorded so far, the scheme has created an extraordinary resource for exploring our past.

All of the objects in the exhibition have been found by local people and metal detectorists across Oxfordshire. They include Treasure finds and also items that have been recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Objects range from clay pipes and pots to gold coin hoards and Elizabethan rings. Recent acquisitions such as a beautifully decorated pair of Roman callipers, a hoard of Roman pewter from Somerton and an Iron Age brooch will all go on public display for the first time.

20 Years of Treasure – The Portable Antiquities Scheme in Oxfordshire’ opens on the 23rd of September with a free lecture at 10.30am – 11.30am by Michael Lewis, Head of the Department of Portable Antiquities and Treasure at the British Museum. Please contact the museum on 01993 814106 to book a place.

Sep 142017
 

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy…

Find out what this nursery rhyme has to do with the Museum Collections at the Museums Resource Centre at Standlake, when the stores open their doors once more to visitors on their Open Day on Sunday 8th October.

The centre will open to the public for one day to offer a unique chance to explore this treasure trove of museum objects from archaeology to the present day and  meet staff and volunteers to find out what they have been up to over the last year.  Whatever your interests, come on a tour behind the scenes of the centre, have a look at the objects in store and be inspired by the variety of Oxfordshire’s Heritage from archaeology to the present day.

Browse the Witney Blanket industry collections in its new dedicated storage area, for a chance to marvel at this world famous industry and to exchange memories of bygone days.

The centre will be open between 10 am and 4 pm. All are welcome, entry is free and there is parking on site. The site is accessible on level ground and suitable for wheelchairs.

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