Wendy Archer

Apr 052017
In the early afternoon of today, 5 April, Sue Honoré, Oxfordshire FHS’s journal editor, will talk on BBC Radio Oxford.
She will mainly be talking about the Who Do You Think You Are? Live Family History Show to be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week at the NEC, in Birmingham, which Oxfordshire FHS will be attending.
Sue’ll be on Nick Piercey’s show, and she’s scheduled to be on at 13:40.
Details of Radio Oxford are at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiooxford
Mar 282017

On Monday, 3 April 2017, members of Oxfordshire Family History Society will discuss the topic  “What Family History Program”.

Previous surveys of OFHS membership have shown Family Tree Maker to be the most frequently used FH program. So Ancestry’s decision to stop selling it from 1st January 2016, and to stop supporting it after 1 January 2017, posed the question; “Now What Family History Program?”. The subsequent purchase of FTM by MacKiev has relieved the situation and promises the continuation of FTM updates and bug fixes but it still seems a good opportunity to address the other options available. As an established FTM user Jan Caddie will describe the current situation for this program and members of the panel will discuss other alternatives available including some or all of; Roots Magic, Gramps, GenoPro, Brother’s Keeper, or even PAF if anyone is interested!

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the meeting starting at 7:30pm.  Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be a warm welcome for all.

Mar 172017

Tomorrow, Saturday 18 March, there will be a pop-up history exhibition at Bicester Library under the aegis of Oxfordshire Museum Service and Bicester Local History Society.

Details are at

Visitors can:
Enjoy a short talk about the history of Bicester at 11am and 2pm, or join in with the family activities spread throughout the day.


In connection with Bicester Library, a mention of our Family History helpdesks there. Pat Ford, one of the OFHS advisors, is at the library on Wednesdays and Fridays. Slots to have an advice session with Pat may be booked by phoning 01869 252181.

Mar 012017
Posted on the Oxfordshire History Centre Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OxfordshireHistoryCentre/ with permission received for circulation.

We would like to clarify Oxfordshire County Council’s plans for the future delivery of Oxfordshire History Centre’s services from late 2017 onwards.

A staffed public service for the consultation of archive and digital collections, including the existing on-site strongroom storage, will continue to operate at St Luke’s, Cowley. A staffed public service for the consultation of local studies and digital collections, including the photographic archive, will be relocated to the Westgate library in central Oxford in October. This will give the History Service a prime location in the new Westgate development, with increased footfall and exposure. Staff will be working across both sites and detailed plans are now being formulated to ensure that the service is as integrated as possible.

Jan 282017

On Monday, 6 February 2017Norman Dutton will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on

Cloud Computing for Family History”.

Norman says:

“Cloud Computing is one aspect of our digital world that has blossomed in recent years. Its essential aim is to make it easy for devices and people to communicate more easily with each other. For those interested in family history, this is all about sharing information. The talk will deal with the background and potential of cloud computing as well as the issues it raises. It will conclude with  practical examples of how it has been used to good effect.”

Do come along!  Non-members are also welcome.
The meeting will be held at the usual venue at Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1AB. Doors open at 7:15pm, for the talk at 7:30pm.

Nov 292016

SnowmanYou are invited to Oxfordshire Family History Society’s Christmas Forum, our December computer-focussed meeting, this coming Monday 5 December 2016 at 7:30pm. It’ll be complete with festive fare!

Audience members will be very welcome to enthuse about any tips or tricks they’d like to share, or, indeed, to challenge the panel with any “How do you?”s that may be troubling them. Perhaps we might discuss the new GRO indexes, and the associated registration records in pdf format.  Maybe there will be comments or questions on the scans of Oxfordshire parish records, now live on Ancestry.  The panel hopes everyone will have an evening of becoming a little wiser, whilst in a festive mood.

Do come along! Non-members are also welcome.

The meeting will be held at the usual venue at Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1AB. Doors open at 7:15pm.

Nov 112016

oaw-roadshow-posterOxford at War 1914-1918 Roadshow will be in Oxford this Saturday, 12 November. Do you have any WW1 memorabilia you could bring along? Your treasures will be photographed, and you’ll be asked to talk about them – but you’ll be able to take them home again!

Details of when & where at http://www.oxfordatwar.uk/roadshow

Click on the flyer for more details.

The project is explained at http://www.oxfordatwar.uk – indeed, if you’re not near Oxford, you can still submit photographs of your WW1 memorabilia.

Oxfordshire FHS will also have a helpdesk there for the day – you’re welcome to come and talk to us and let us search our databases for you! Follow the golden rule and bring details that you know to help us search! If you can’t get there – you can always email help@ofhs.org.uk

Nov 082016

vchThe winter newsletter of the Oxfordshire Victoria County History Trust has just been published. It features the publication of the latest volume (Benson, Ewelme and the Chilterns: Ewelme Hundred), XVIII, which was published in July.

There are details in the newsletter of a 25% off offer on the volume, and also on the Henley volume.

Oxfordshire Family History Society makes a significant donation annually to the Trust.

https://www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/sites/default/files/page-attachments/vch_trust_newsletter_2016_draft_4a.pdf  (photo is from the newsletter)

Oct 052016

thame-town-hallFocus on Thame, Oxfordshire Local History Association (OLHA)’s autumn study day, will be held on Saturday 15 October at the Thame Barns Centre. In the morning three lectures will cover the recent excavations of Neolithic, Saxon and Roman remains; Baron Williams, Tudor courtier; and the residents of St Mary’s churchyard. You’ll be able to have lunch in one of the many cafés and pubs in this attractive market town before visiting the museum to see the excellent displays. A self-guided town walk is also available which covers many interesting and historic buildings.

The cost is only £10 per person, and non-members are very welcome. Please book via the website (http://www.olha.org.uk/events/study-days/), or download a booking form (http://www.olha.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/OLHA-Thame-study-day-flyer-Oct-2016.pdf) and send with a cheque made payable to “OLHA” to Liz Woolley, 138 Marlborough Road, Oxford, OX1 4LS.

The photo is of Thame Town Hall

Oct 022016

cakeOn Monday, 3 October 2016, Alan Simpson and Nick Archer will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on “The Oxfordshire Parish Registers, scanning & launching on Ancestry”.

This is a special 40th birthday meeting, to be held in the large hall at Exeter Hall, to celebrate the launch of the scans of the Oxfordshire parish registers on the web on Ancestry.  Do come!

Alan Simpson is going to start the evening by looking back at the history of parish registers.  He aims to cover significant events that have happened affecting parish registers from 1538 to the present day, with lots of illustrations from our scans.

We’ll have a break for refreshments, including celebratory OFHS cupcakes, before Nick Archer talks about the actual scanning process, the Society’s reasons for carrying out and investing in the project, and Ancestry’s involvement.

We then aim to access the collection on Ancestry live, and do some exploring!  williammorris

This image from the collection is of the burial of  William Morris at Kelmscott (click to enlarge.)

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with Alan’s talk starting at 7:30pm.  Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be a warm welcome for all.
More details of our meetings can be found at www.ofhs.org.uk


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