Nov 282017

On Monday, 22 January, Stephen Barker will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Oxfordshire on the Home Front 1914-18

‘Oxfordshire on the Home Front 1914-18’ will explain about the impact of the war in the towns and countryside. It will focus upon fundraising and charitable events, munitions production, recruitment, the effects upon women and children, the fear of invasion, the influx of Belgian refugees and many other themes. The talk is fully illustrated and uses testimony from those who were there.

Stephen Barker is an independent Heritage Advisor with many years experience in the sector gained through working with a number of museums, universities, charities and other heritage organisations. He has managed and curated a significant number of historical projects. He is currently working with the History Faculty, University of Oxford and the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum. Stephen specialises in military history, particularly the First World War and British Civil Wars.

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.

Nov 282017

You are invited to Oxfordshire Family History Society’s Christmas Forum, our December computer-focussed meeting, this coming Monday, 4 December, at Exeter Hall, Kidlington.

Rather than there being a set subject, the meeting will be an opportunity for the computer group panel and the audience to raise and discuss recommendations, comments and queries about software and hardware relevant to records for us as genealogists. 

There will also be festive fare to set the seasonal mood.

The meeting will be held at the usual venue at Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1AB.  The doors will open at 7:15pm, with the meeting starting at 7:30pm.

Do come – with your thoughts for discussion!  Non-members are welcome too!

Nov 142017

FamilyTree DNA have announced a DNA sale for Christmas. Do order your DNA kit(s) in this sale as it will be worth it. A perfect Christmas present for a relative. The Y-DNA tests have about a £30 discount and it is even cheaper if your order through the Oxfordshire project. If you need help on understanding which kits are best for you and how to join/help the Oxfordshire DNA group with its DNA research, plese email  Prices are below. Please note postage is extra.


Individual Tests Sale price Regular price
Family Finder (FF) $59 $89
mtFull Sequence (FMS) $169 $199
Y-37 $129 $169
Y-67 $229 $268
Y-111 $299 $359
Test Bundles Sale price Regular price
Family Finder + Y-37 $178 $238
Family Finder + Y-67 $278 $337
FF + mtFull Sequence $218 $268
FF + Y-67 + mtFull Sequence $442 $536
Upgrades Sale price Regular price
mt/mtPlus to FMS $119 $159
Big Y $475 $575
Y-12 to Y-37 $69 $109
Y-25 to Y-37 $35 $59
Y-37 to Y-67 $79 $109
Y-37 to Y-111 $168 $228
Y-67 to Y-111 $99 $129



Oct 242017

On Monday, 27 November, Chris and Judy Rouse will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

The History of the Midland Railway and its Staff Records

This is a good starting point for research into railway ancestry – using our knowledge of the Midland Railway to provide examples. The speakers provide a brief history of the Midland Railway and then a more in depth look at the various types of records available for researchers: – Staff records held at the National Archives and elsewhere, Board of Trade Accident reports, Directors and other Minutes, Local and National newspapers, census records, photographs, maps and illustrations etc. Researchers can then adapt the techniques to researching their own particular railway ancestor on any British railway.

Chris Rouse, a retired Chartered Accountant has Midland Railway ancestry, including signalmen, platelayers and guards, He has always been keenly interested in researching the history of railways in England and Wales, was one of the first members of the Midland Railway Society, being its Annual President in 2008.He has written a series of articles on early Midland railway accidents, and other subjects relating to the Midland Railway. Judy Rouse, a retired librarian is a Family History researcher of long standing, with ancestry based in Wiltshire, Shropshire and Stafford shire. She is a member of Wilts FHS and amongst other things over the years has answered enquiries on its Monumental Inscriptions Index, and had a period as its General Secretary. Judy also has railway men among her ancestors, in her case working for the Great Western Railway Company, which she has been able to research successfully. She also gives talks and writes articles on her Wiltshire and Shropshire ancestry.

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


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