Oct 022017

The OFHS Executive has discussed introducing a mentoring scheme for members of the Society as an additional benefit to members. The purpose of the mentoring scheme would be to provide assistance to OFHS Members in either starting their research or providing advice as to how they might extend their research when they are unsure or have difficulties and cannot advance their research any further.

It is envisaged that there would be a pool of Mentors who would be assigned to help another member depending on the issue to be resolved and the expertise/knowledge they have. There would not be any expectation that the Mentor would carry out research but suggest potential research routes to the member asking for help.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor please contact me via email events@ofhs.org.uk and I will forward details of the proposed scheme. If you then wish to be included on the list of Mentors you would then need to provide me with details of the areas of research in which you feel you can help.

John Cramer
Executive Member

Sep 192017

The above event will be held at Sandown Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, between 10am and 4.30pm. Find out more at TheFamilyHistoryShow.com.

Oxfordshire FHS will be attending the above show providing you with the opportunity to purchase CD’s of our parish records and Monumental Inscriptions. We will also have a range of books on sale at a discounted price. Members of the Society will be able to carry out searches to try and help with tracing those elusive members of your family tree. We look forward to seeing you there at this new event.

John Cramer
Oxfordshire FHS
Events Co-ordinator

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.

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

Sep 022016

OFHS_flyer_2016-08-28_CMYK_txt-outlined_bleeds-page-001We have a new helpdesk flyer, which will shortly reach the Oxfordshire libraries. 

We hope this will encourage new clients to visit our advisors both at Oxfordshire History Centre and around the county.

Our advisors love challenges – do visit one of the helpdesks if you’re stuck in your research – either in Oxfordshire or beyond.

If you’re further afield, you can phone or email our helpdesk – see contact details at www.ofhs.org.uk

Apr 152016

20160413_160033Next week, and each week thereafter, Oxfordshire FHS will have an advisor, Pat Ford, on duty in the new Bicester library from 10am to 3pm, on both Wednesdays and Fridays. She’ll be pleased to help with family history in any county, not just Oxfordshire – though she’ll have access to the Oxfordshire FHS parish register transcripts and databases also.
In the photo Pat is on the right, with Stella, from Oxfordshire Libraries, welcoming Pat to the “Help” computer.
Would-be clients are encouraged to book a slot with Pat by ringing the library on 01869 252181

Mar 012016

blue-question-markThe Westgate library has now closed til late 2017, and with it our advisor Helpdesk service.  Thanks to all the team who gave helpdesk cover there over four days a week.

Irrepressible, they have all volunteered to help in local libraries around the county, which so far has led to our introducing helpdesks at Botley, Kidlington and Bicester libraries.  At some the helpdesks don’t start straight away – see the rota at http://www.ofhs.org.uk/#meetus

The monthy helpdesk at Abingdon library will continue, as will the Tuesday, Thursday and some Saturdays when help’s offered at the Oxfordshire History Centre at Cowley.

If you’re not local to Oxfordshire, and have something you’d like to ask about your family history, or about the Society, you can always contact the helpdesk at help@ofhs.org.uk or 01865 358151 (+44 1865 358151 from beyond the UK).


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