May 022017
 

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 dna@ofhs.org.uk

 

Mar 272017
 

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 surname-project@ofhs.org.uk

Aug 042014
 

As we follow the centenary of The Great War through from 2014 though to 2018/19 we hope to build an online resource for the War Memorials of Oxfordshire.

To mark the start of the centenary, we have a list from our War Memorials Coordinator of all the memorials he is aware of across the county. Please let us know of any we have missed of web sites giving details of any of these Memorials.

Please do visit the list of War Memorials

Dec 052013
 

Help me find some cousins for DNA testing!

Are you a female looking for a male cousin who could share costs on a yDNA test? Do you have Oxfordshire ancestry but can’t find many DNA matches and want to appeal for more Oxfordshire cousins to come forward?

OXSIL (the Oxfordshire Surname Interest List) in conjunction with Oxfordshire Family History Society has launched a new DNA section where those with Oxfordshire ancestry can appeal for others to help them get a DNA test. Go to  http://www.oxsil.org.uk/ and select the DNA tab or the news story on DNA at the top of the home page.

Once you have found a match, do join the Oxfordshire DNA project at www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire so everyone can benefit from your ‘matchmaking’. You get a discount on your order if you order it through the project.

Of course, you can also use OXSIL for its original purpose too, which is registering your surname interest if you are seeking other researchers of Oxfordshire families in a given town/city/village.

Sep 172013
 

 

Dave Beames, OFHS Wills Co-ordinator, writes :-

A further 52 wills etc have been added to the library, which may be found at :-

http://wills.oxfordshirefhs.org.uk/index.html

Testator surnames are :-

ADDERTON

ASHBY

BATES

BEW

BUGIN

CARTER

CASTLE

CHAMBERLAIN

CHURCH

COULLING

COUNCER

DOE

FLETCHER

FREEMAN

GEARY

GREGORY

HANKS

HARRIS

HARVEY

HAWKINS

HOARE

HOFFMAN

HORNE

HOWSE

HUTCHINS

LUCKETT

MORREY

OSBORNE

PINFOLD

SANDELANDS

SAUNDERS

VOWLES

WYATT

Aug 102013
 

Hi all

64 new wills (and a couple of updates) have just been issued.
The wills library is at:
http://wills.oxfordshirefhs.org.uk/index.html

Dave Beames
Coordinator

New Testator surnames include

ARIS
BECKINGHAM
BEESLEY
BOLTON
BOWYER
BURTON
BUTLER
COLING
COOPER
DUMBLETON
EATON
EGLINGTON
FARDON
FRETHERNE
GABBIT
GARNET
GLOVER
GOMM
GRANTHAM
GREGORY
GRIMMETT
HANKS
HARDING
HARVEY
JEFFCOAT
KINCH
MINN
ORPWOOD
PAGET
PERROTT
PINNELL
SAUNDERS
SAWYER
SILVERSIDE
SOUTH
STICH
STURCH
TANNER
TAYLOR
TOWNSEND
WELLER
WILD
WILDER
WYATT

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