The following surname interests were added to the Oxfordshire Surname Interest List in April:
Our DNA Competition runs until 15th June. The good news is that I have been able to upgrade the tests to Y-67 – worth over £215 each, so not only a wonderful prize, but also more accurate than a Y-37 test. You do not need to be a member of OFHS to enter.
If you are a male with strong Oxfordshire ancestry on your pure male line (father’s father’s father’s… – your surname line) or a woman who can persuade a brother/male cousin/father to take the test, then please enter our competition.
Write a few paragraph’s on your Oxfordshire ancestry on your male line; describe why a test would be useful to you and provide all your contact details. Send to email@example.com
OFHS has started a new Oxfordshire surnames research project, examining surnames recorded in Oxfordshire parish registers from 1538 onwards, currently estimated at up to 20,000 key variants. The team is also using many other early recorded sources to build a comprehensive database of Oxfordshire surnames. The aim is to trace their whereabouts in different parishes over time, their origins, hotspots, DNA connections and many other facets of Oxfordshire surnames. The project will take about 2 years to complete.
The project team is appealing for help in a number of ways:
– Those who have a good recorded family history in Oxfordshire or who manage a one-name study would be welcome to contact the team with a brief description and their contact details, so that when their surname is analysed they may be able to participate in submitting content for that name. All significant contributors will be acknowledged.
– People who have been DNA tested and are not yet part of the Oxfordshire DNA project on FamilyTreeDNA are welcome to join the project at www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire. The team also welcomes help with publicity to encourage more people with good Oxfordshire ancestry to be DNA tested. As an incentive, Oxfordshire Family History Society has donated the cost of six Y-37 tests to be won in a competition. Any male (or female who could persuade a male relative to take the test) is eligible. We are looking for the six best candidates with good Oxfordshire surname history on the pure male line (father’s father’s father…) going back before 1870 and with good personal reasons to think a DNA test will be valuable. All that is required is an email describing your known Oxfordshire male line ancestry, why you think a DNA test would be valuable and full contact details. Full Ts & Cs can be obtained on application. The closing date is the 15th June 2017. If you know of a friend, relative or neighbour who might be a good candidate, then do tell them about this competition. Please mark any emails for the competition with a title of ‘DNA Competition’.
– If you are keen to help, there are a number of pan-Oxfordshire resources the team needs help in transcribing. Please get in touch if you are able to help. Many can be done remotely without being located in Oxfordshire. If you possess electronic versions of any early documents listing Oxfordshire names (for which you have obtained the original author or publisher’s permission for use), please contact the team.
If you have any queries, please contact Sue Honore via firstname.lastname@example.org
The following names under research have been added to the Oxfordshire Surname Interest List, OXSIL, at www.oxsil.org.uk, during February:
The following interests were added to OXSIL, the Oxfordshire Surname Interest List, in January.
Search at www.oxsil.org.uk to see links to the researchers.
If your interests aren’t on OXSIL, do use the add surnames tab!
|AUGER||Any||Great Milton||Catherine Smith|
|BALLARD||Any||Great Milton||Catherine Smith|
|BATCHELOR||1500-1700||Banbury area||David Judd|
|BELCHER||<1750||West Hanney||Barbara Cox|
|BROOKER||>1600||Brightwell cum Sotwell, Chilton,||Richard Grimsdale-Yates|
|BURROWS||18c & 19c||Clanfield and surrounding area||Maria Haines|
|CHAPMAN||Any||Faringdon, Oxford, Headington||Sandy Mursell|
|CHURCH||17c||Lyford area||Barbara Cox|
|COSHALL||1740-1943||Crowell, Oxford||John Coshall|
|DEW||<1700||West Hanney||Barbara Cox|
|HAYES||1800||St Ebbes St Thomas Oxford||Paul Hayes|
|HEDGES||18c||Clanfield, Witney||Maria Haines|
|HORTON||c.1814||St.Ebbe’s Oxford||Carole Ford|
|HUTCHINS||<1660||Hanney area||Barbara Cox|
|IRVING||Any||Russell’s Water, Henley on Thames, Pishill, Northend, Assendon||Maurice Irwin|
|IRWIN||Any||Russell’s Water, Henley on Thames, Pishill, Northend, Assendon||Maurice Irwin|
|LAMBETH||17c||Ashbury area||Barbara Cox|
|MURREY||>1700||Wroxton, Hornton, Horley, Deddington||Cliff Morrey|
|PARGITER||<1750||Tadmarton, North Newington||Judy Evans|
|POCOCK||17c & 18c||Watlington, Thatcham||Rose Bennett|
|SELLWOOD||<1700||Eaton, Appleton||Barbara Cox|
|SMITH||<1850||Botley, Swinford, Shillingford||Patricia Pond|
|SNOOK||>1800||Any||Frank H MUIRHEAD|
|STRANGE||<1700||Charney Bassett||Barbara Cox|
|THEOBALD||Any||Coleshill, East Hendred||Kevin Harris|
|THEOBALDS||Any||Coleshill, East Hendred||Kevin Harris|
|WEBB||<1700||Burcott area||Barbara Cox|
|WICKS||Any||Vale of White Horse||Barbara Cox|
|WILLS||1782||Wantage, Berkshire||Sandra Lewis|
|WILSON||Any||Culham, Shrivenham||Sandy Mursell|
|WOODBRIDGE||17c||Charney Bassett area||Barbara Cox|
|WOODLEY||17c||Hanney area||Barbara Cox|
FamilytreeDNA are having their biggest sale ever for the next week, so if you are interested in starting with DNA testing or buying a Christmas present for someone, this is a good week to start. Test prices on average are £25-30 off.
The FamilyFinder/autosomal test (for both males and females) is about £47 and Y-DNA tests are down by £30 (37 marker is £111).
See www.familytreedna.com for more details.
If you have Oxfordshire ancestry of at least 3 generations going back into the C19th before 1880 then you can get additional discounts on the male tests through our project www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire.
Any queries on Oxfordshire DNA testing please contact email@example.com