Sep 262017

On Monday, 23 October, Peter Towey will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Tracing Ancestors in Continental Europe

The talk will outline the history of immigration from continental Europe to England over the centuries. It will then cover where European ancestors are most likely to turn up and when and how to use English archives to identify immigrants. For each of the main countries of origin, the main record sources will be reviewed and the best way of accessing them online or off.

Peter Towey is a retired civil servant and has also recently retired from professional genealogical research after 20+ years. He has been interested in family history since 1969 when he joined the Society of Genealogists. He has been Chairman, and later a Vice-President, of the Guild of One-Name Studies. He was also a founder member, Chairman and now Vice-President of the Anglo-German Family History Society. He is also Membership Secretary of the Friends of Devon’s Archives. He is now concentrating on genetic DNA; trying to get through his “brick walls”!

Map by courtesy of Dreamstime

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 182017

Oxford University’s “Lest We Forget” campaign (of which Oxfordshire FHS is a supporter) is running a collection (in the bring and digitise sense) event at Cheney School in the afternoon of Friday 10th November.

Links: — Lest We Forget (campaign)Lest We Forget (home) — Cheney School collection event
Poster for the Cheney School event (PDF download)

Oct 082017

This coming Monday, Monday 9 October 2017, the subject of our meeting will be “Putting your Family Tree online”, with the talk given by Alan Simpson and members of the computer group panel.

Alan says he will talk about about why one might put a tree on line and where/how one might do it.  He will cover getting web space and the various ways of putting up a tree, including what the relative advantages are.

Genes Reunited and Roots Magic will also be covered and there may be discussion in the meeting of other options for putting trees online.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the meeting 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

Oct 022017

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 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.

John Cramer
Executive Member

Sep 192017

The above event will be held at Sandown Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, between 10am and 4.30pm. Find out more at

Oxfordshire FHS will be attending the above show providing you with the opportunity to purchase CD’s of our parish records and Monumental Inscriptions. We will also have a range of books on sale at a discounted price. Members of the Society will be able to carry out searches to try and help with tracing those elusive members of your family tree. We look forward to seeing you there at this new event.

John Cramer
Oxfordshire FHS
Events Co-ordinator

Sep 142017

The Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock marks the 20th anniversary of the Treasure Act with an exhibition showcasing some of Oxfordshire’s most amazing treasure finds. As part of a nationwide celebration being led by the British Museum, the exhibition will look at the huge significance that both the Treasure Act and the Portable Antiquities Scheme have had on the County’s collection and its contribution to our understanding of Oxfordshire’s history.

The Treasure Act, 1996 was introduced in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on the 24th September 1997 in order to preserve significant archaeological finds for the nation. Over the past 20 years thousands of objects found by members of the public have been made available to the nation because of the Act. The Portable Antiquities Scheme was set up at the same time to collect details of all the finds that did not class as Treasure. With over 1 million objects recorded so far, the scheme has created an extraordinary resource for exploring our past.

All of the objects in the exhibition have been found by local people and metal detectorists across Oxfordshire. They include Treasure finds and also items that have been recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Objects range from clay pipes and pots to gold coin hoards and Elizabethan rings. Recent acquisitions such as a beautifully decorated pair of Roman callipers, a hoard of Roman pewter from Somerton and an Iron Age brooch will all go on public display for the first time.

20 Years of Treasure – The Portable Antiquities Scheme in Oxfordshire’ opens on the 23rd of September with a free lecture at 10.30am – 11.30am by Michael Lewis, Head of the Department of Portable Antiquities and Treasure at the British Museum. Please contact the museum on 01993 814106 to book a place.

Sep 142017

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy…

Find out what this nursery rhyme has to do with the Museum Collections at the Museums Resource Centre at Standlake, when the stores open their doors once more to visitors on their Open Day on Sunday 8th October.

The centre will open to the public for one day to offer a unique chance to explore this treasure trove of museum objects from archaeology to the present day and  meet staff and volunteers to find out what they have been up to over the last year.  Whatever your interests, come on a tour behind the scenes of the centre, have a look at the objects in store and be inspired by the variety of Oxfordshire’s Heritage from archaeology to the present day.

Browse the Witney Blanket industry collections in its new dedicated storage area, for a chance to marvel at this world famous industry and to exchange memories of bygone days.

The centre will be open between 10 am and 4 pm. All are welcome, entry is free and there is parking on site. The site is accessible on level ground and suitable for wheelchairs.


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