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 302016
 

On Monday, 23 January 2017, Liz Woolley will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Child Labour in Nineteenth Century Oxfordshire

“It will do him more good than going to school”: Child labour in nineteenth-century Oxfordshire


The image commonly evoked by the phrase ‘child labour’ is one of young children toiling in the grimy factories and chimney-sweeps-boyof the Midlands and the North. Yet in rural counties like Oxfordshire, child labour was as much a feature of everyday life in the nineteenth century as in industrialised areas. This illustrated talk tells the story of our county’s child workers, many of whom started work part-time at the age of six or seven and, until the compulsory school legislation of the 1870s, left education for good by the age of ten to become permanently employed. Oxfordshire children worked in agriculture, in domestic service and in lace-making, gloving and in a host of other small-scale occupations. The talk highlights the differences between girls’ and boys’ experiences of work, and the particular fates of pauper apprentices. It also shows that, contrary to popular belief, cottage industry and agricultural work were by no means the ‘soft option’ in comparison with work in the factories and mines of industrialised areas.

Liz Woolley lives in Oxford and has a Diploma and an MSc in English Local History from the University’s Department for Continuing Education. Whilst investigating child labour in the Industrial Revolution as part of her MSc she became interested in the experiences of child workers in Oxfordshire: a rural, rather than industrial, county

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 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.

Oct 252016
 

On Monday, 28 November, Tony Hadland will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Pilgrimage to Plug Street 

1915-approx-robert-fisherTony Hadland’s great-uncle Robert Fisher, born in Bristol, was the son of an Irish soldier. Robert grew up in Co. Donegal and on the British army camp at the Curragh of Kildare, west of Dublin. He became a waiter in London, where he married and fathered two children. In WW1, he joined a local “pals’ regiment” and fought in Flanders, just a few miles from Armentieres. Robert died at “Plug Street” (Ploegsteert), leading a charge and was awarded a posthumous Distinguished Conduct Medal. Robert’s body was never recovered but his brother-in-law, Tony’s grandfather, soon learned of the death, as he was an ambulance driver working nearby. Tony Hadland has visited many of the places Robert Fisher knew, including Plug Street and, in this illustrated talk, he traces the life of this brave young man, who died leaving a widow and two small sons.

Tony spent 13 years in the West Midlands, literally having been sent to Coventry by his employer. He studied architecture at the Oxford School of Architecture and surveying at Reading College of Technology. Tony is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; a historian specialising in local, family, recusant and cycle history; honorary president of the Moulton Bicycle Club; and chairman of the Oxfordshire Local History Association. Between 2004 and 2009 he was administrator of the Vale & Downland Museum. He has written, edited and contributed to a number of books and has had many articles published in magazines and journals. He has made numerous appearances on radio, particularly in recent years on BBC Radio Oxford, and has also appeared in documentary films and on regional TV. His most recent book, co-authored with Professor Hans-Erhard Lessing, is Bicycle Design: an illustrated history, published by MIT Press. He has a website at hadland.wordpress.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.

Oct 042016
 

On Monday, 24 October 2016, Gill Blanchard will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Tracing Your Own and Your Ancestors’ Houses

Discover the main resources to find out where your ancestors lived and trace the history of your own home. Find out which documents can be used to build a picture of what homes looked like in the past inside and out. Discover how to find out who lived in a building at different points in time and when, how and why it was built.

Gill Blanchard is a professional genealogist, house historian, author and qualified tutor. hearthShe has been a full time researcher since 1992, including six years at Norfolk Record Office. She set up her own historical research business called Past Search in 1997 www.pastsearch.co.uk and qualified as an adult education tutor the following year as well as having an academic background in history, sociology and politics to post-graduate level. Gill has designed and run numerous family, house and local history courses and talks locally, nationally and online from beginners to post-graduate level. These include at the Society of Genealogists and online for Pharos Tutors. Gill has conducted much background research for authors, journalists and academic researchers, including the BBC Who Do You Think You Are? television series and appeared on the Mary Berry episode. Gill is also the author of: Tracing Your East Anglian Ancestors, Tracing Your House History and Writing Your Family History (Pen and Sword Books). Other local histories and a biography will be published in 2016 and 2017.

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 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

Aug 042016
 

On Monday, 26 September 2016, Emma Walsh will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

The Joys and Trials of having Non-Conformist Relatives

Family history is a treasure hunt at the best of times and this is certainly the case when you discover that your relative regents_100211 0924_finis a non-conformist such as a Baptist or a Congregationalist. It is when looking for these relatives that your skills are really put to the test with additional dead ends to avoid and strange practices to decipher during your search. Emma will talk about how to identify these additional tests and work through them and will also share the tips and tricks she has learnt during her eight years of helping people search for their non-conformist ancestors and their relatives as part of the team at The Angus Library at Regent’s Park College, 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.

Jul 262016
 

On Monday, 1 August 2016, Nikhilesh Haval will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on Putting Oxfordshire on the Map in 360 degrees .

Nikhilesh is an architectural photographer who is a fully certified Google photographer, trained in the use of 360° virtual tour technology.  He has photographed in 360 degrees over 150 churches in Oxfordshire.  They are shown on a map and listed at http://in360degrees.co.uk/oxfordshirechurches/  For each church you can visit the interior, looking up, down and around, including viewing the architecture above you.

Nikhilesh will talk about 360° photography and his churches project, and also his Oxfordshire in 360 degrees project http://in360degrees.co.uk/oxfordshire/ , which also includes businesses and attractions.

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

An example of his 360° work is of Freeland church, illustrated here.  Use your mouse to twiddle the picture left, right, up and over!

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

Jun 282016
 

On Monday, 25 July 2016, Stephen Barker will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on the Somme 1916

‘The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on the Somme’ highlights four significant battles of the The Somme (873 x 608)campaign in which five Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry battalions fought. The talk explains the political and military context, yet includes too a significant number of personal stories, anecdotes and legacies relating to those caught up in the actions. The talk is illustrated with contemporary and modern images, maps, photographs and ephemera.

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, books for sale, and tea and coffee available.

Non-members are very welcome.
For details of future talks, see www.ofhs.org.uk

Jun 072016
 

GENUKI logoThis meeting will commence with the Annual General Meeting.

Following the AGM, at approximately 20:30, Malcolm Austen (OFHS Chairman and GENUKI trustee) will talk about GENUKI: the UK & Ireland Genealogical Information Service

The talk will start with a very brief history of GENUKI which is 21 years old this year and then move on to show (and discuss) the structure working with the live web site on-screen. (A safety-net may be used if the inter-net fails us!)

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, books for sale, and tea and coffee available.

Non-members are very welcome.
For details of future talks, see www.ofhs.org.uk

 

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