The following surnames were added to the Oxfordshire Surnames Interest List (OXSIL) in March
On the 2 October last year I posted regarding a proposed mentoring scheme that the OFHS Executive feels would provide an additional benefit to new as well as existing members of the Society. To date I have only had three members putting their names forward to be included as Mentors. While there is a fairly wide range of expertise this is not considered to be enough people to provide this additional service to members. If you feel that this scheme is something you could, from time to time, help with please contact me. My original post is reproduced below for information. I have also attached the draft details of the Mentoring Scheme.
Post of 2 October 2017
“The OFHS Executive has discussed introducing a mentoring scheme for members of the Society as an additional benefit to members. The purpose of the mentoring scheme would be to provide assistance to OFHS Members in either starting their research or providing advice as to how they might extend their research when they are unsure or have difficulties and cannot advance their research any further.
It is envisaged that there would be a pool of Mentors who would be assigned to help another member depending on the issue to be resolved and the expertise/knowledge they have. There would not be any expectation that the Mentor would carry out research but suggest potential research routes to the member asking for help.
If you are interested in becoming a Mentor please contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward details of the proposed scheme. If you then wish to be included on the list of Mentors you would then need to provide me with details of the areas of research in which you feel you can help.
OXSIL is celebrating 20 years since it was set up by OFHS member Leah Savage.
The following surname interests were added to the list in June:
If you are planning to enter our competition, please try and do so as it closes in less than a week.
The tests are Y-67 – worth over £215 each. 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 paragraphs 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 before Thursday 15th June.
The Oxfordshire Museum thinks that people might be interested to know that this summer the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock will be opening its doors until 8pm on the first Thursday of each month from May to September.
If you haven’t visited the Museum recently, it’s an opportunity to see it and its extensive gardens in a new light and to enjoy some summer specials including free gallery talks and live music. The Museum’s garden café will remain open into the evening providing light refreshments as the perfect complement to your visit.
Admission to the Museum is free and a programme of talks/lecture is also available to pre-booked groups.
For more information please call the Museum on 01993 814106
The Museum looks forward to welcoming you.
The following surname interests were added to the Oxfordshire Surname Interest List in March:
OFHS will be attending the above event. The Society will have a display of books, some discounted in celebration of our 40th anniversary, together with our parish CD’s and a range of Monumental Inscription CD’s. Help will be on hand to help trace those Oxfordshire ancestors who have so far eluded you. We look forward to seeing you there.
FamilyTreeDNA have a summer sale starting 3rd August 2016, mainly focusing on bundled products (more than one test at once) but also a remarkable reduction in the autosomal (FamilyFinder) test, which is useful for finding cousins on both sides of the family back 5-6 generations and is suitable for males and females. Sales prices are:
|Product||Retail Pricing||Sale Price||Group Price|
|Y37 + Family Finder||$268||$228||$218|
|Y67 + Family Finder||$367||$327||$317|
|Comprehensive Genome (FF+Y67+FMS)||$566||$499||$489|
|FMS + Family Finder||$298||$258||$258|
If you are a member of the Oxfordshire DNA project you get the ‘Group’ price. If you have Oxfordshire ancestry back into the C19th, have not yet been tested and have queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This years Wiltshire FHS Open Day will be held at Steam, Museum of the Great Western Railway, in Swindon. Oxfordshire FHS will be attending providing you with the opportunity to purchase CD’s of our parish records and Monumental Inscriptions. We will also have a range of books for sale. Members of the Society will be able to carry out searches to try and help trace those elusive members of your family tree. We look forward to seeing you there.