Nov 282017
 

You are invited to Oxfordshire Family History Society’s Christmas Forum, our December computer-focussed meeting, this coming Monday, 4 December, at Exeter Hall, Kidlington.

Rather than there being a set subject, the meeting will be an opportunity for the computer group panel and the audience to raise and discuss recommendations, comments and queries about software and hardware relevant to records for us as genealogists. 

There will also be festive fare to set the seasonal mood.

The meeting will be held at the usual venue at Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1AB.  The doors will open at 7:15pm, with the meeting starting at 7:30pm.

Do come – with your thoughts for discussion!  Non-members are welcome too!

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.

Oct 082017
 

This coming Monday, Monday 9 October 2017, the subject of our meeting will be “Putting your Family Tree online”, with the talk given by Alan Simpson and members of the computer group panel.

Alan says he will talk about about why one might put a tree on line and where/how one might do it.  He will cover getting web space and the various ways of putting up a tree, including what the relative advantages are.

Genes Reunited and Roots Magic will also be covered and there may be discussion in the meeting of other options for putting trees online.

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.
More details of our meetings can be found at www.ofhs.org.uk

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.

Jul 312017
 

On Monday, 7 August 2017, Peter Christian will give a talk to Oxfordshire FHS entitled “The Future of Genealogy on the Internet”.

Peter says:

The Internet has become an essential medium for genealogists, both for access to records and for publicising your pedigree. This talk will look at how things are developing to try and get an idea of what online resources and facilities we may expect to see in the future. However, Internet developments also raise new issues for genealogists and some problems – barriers to access, the preservation of electronic data, personal privacy, for example – so we also need to consider the effects these may have on our research.

Peter spent five years as editor of the Society of Genealogists’ computer journal “Computers in Genealogy”, and was also responsible for setting up the Society’s first web site.
The author of countless articles about online resources for family history, he has also written a number of books on the subject, including ‘Census: The Family Historian’s Guide’ (co-authored with David Annal) and the best-selling ‘The Genealogist’s Internet’, now in its 5th edition.
He is a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists and one of the Trustees of Genuki.

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.

 

Jul 252017
 

On Monday, 25 September, Tim Healey will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Sex, Drink and death in 17th Century Oxfordshire

This will be a romp through the pleasures and perils of life in this turbulent era, featuring bawdy frolics, alehouse revels, highway robberies, Civil War, fire and plague. Hugely entertaining, the talk also gives important insight into evolving customs – of courtship, celebration, faith and burial – at the dawn of the modern age.

Tim Healey is a writer and broadcaster who has presented many programmes on BBC Radio 3 and 4. He is a frequent contributor to the Oxford Times colour magazine, Oxfordshire Limited Edition, and leads the 17th-century costume band, the Oxford Waits.

 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.

Jun 272017
 

On Monday, 24 July, Kathy Chater will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Huguenots in the British Isles

Five hundred years ago Martin Luther’s protests against the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church of his day sparked religious controversy all over Europe. The Protestants in France, called Huguenots, were among the many waves of refugees from persecution who have over the centuries sought shelter in the British Isles. Many people have a family story of descent from them. How do you go about seeing if the story is true?

Kathy Chater has been tracing her own ancestry for nearly forty years. She is the author of Tracing Your Huguenot Ancestors (2012) and The Reformation in 100 Facts (2016) Her doctoral thesis was published as Untold Histories: Black People in England and Wales during the British Slave Trade (2009) and she has also writtenTracing Your Family Tree in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (2nd ed. 2008) and My Ancestor Was A Lunatic (2014). She contributes articles and reviews on social and family history to magazines and websites.

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.

May 262017
 

On Monday, 12 June 2017Alan Simpson will give a talk entitled  “Tablets for Family History?”.

Alan says: “Tablets are currently one of the biggest growth areas in computer hardware. He will discuss the development of the tablet, compare the options currently available and attempt to answer the question “Are Tablets a useful adjunct to the family historians armoury?” “.

A career in electronic and software engineering may not be the most conventional background for researching family history. However, since retiring from paid employment Alan has become heavily involved with OFHS and currently operates the Search Service, and co-ordinates the Society’s Monumental Inscription transcribing activities.

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.

May 232017
 

On Monday, 26 June, after the AGM, Sue Honoré will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

The Oxfordshire DNA and Surname Projects

She will provide an update on the status of the Oxfordshire DNA project and talk about the key types of DNA tests available in 2017. She will also describe the new Oxfordshire surnames project and how members can contribute to this exciting new venture, making it a real community research project. The talk will contain plenty of real life examples of DNA and surnames in Oxfordshire.

Sue Honoré is an independent research consultant specialising in different generations in the workplace. Wearing her family history hat, she is editor of the Oxfordshire Family History Society’s journal, a family history advisor and co-manages the Oxfordshire DNA project with Richard Merry in Australia. In 2017 she is working with a small team on a new project to research all the surnames in Oxfordshire. Apart from her normal academic qualifications for work, Sue has an Advanced Diploma in Local History from the University of Oxford.

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.

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