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

Feb 132016

20160128_09201920160128_091953A couple of years ago, Oxfordshire Family History Society funded the scanning of about 4,000 parish registers of Oxfordshire. They had never been filmed, so the scans are a valuable back up, and can be viewed at Oxfordshire History Centre.  As reported in our journal, in due course, subject to date constraints, they will be available worldwide on Ancestry.co.uk.

Snce then, more registers have been deposited, and so a further 78 Oxfordshire parish registers, including several for Kidlington, Oxford St Ebbe, Launton, Minster Lovell & Thame, were taken off site recently for scanning, again funded by Oxfordshire FHS.

They were all checked into crates by Mark Priddey, the Archives Manager, and carefully packaged by Linda, one of the archivists.

In due course, the scans of these registers will also be available at the History Centre.


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