Apr 252017
 

On Monday, 22 May, Dave Annal will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Lost in London: Solving your London Family History Problems

Tracing your ancestors back to the period before civil registration and the Victorian census returns can present a 1750-marylebonegenuine challenge to most family historians. But if your family came from London, the problems that you’re likely to face can be even harder to overcome. The population of London doubled between 1801 and 1841 making it the most populated city in world. Outlying villages were swallowed up as London spread ever outwards – the boundaries of what constituted London were constantly being redrawn. The administration of the area was enormously complicated – the City of London alone comprised over 100 parishes – and the records of the various authorities responsible for running London are now spread around a number of different record offices. This talk will explain how to access and make the most of the capital’s diverse collection of records and will give some useful tips on tracking down those elusive London ancestors.

David Annal is a professional researcher with nearly 40 years’ experience. He is a former Principal Family History Specialist with the National Archives and worked at the Family Records Centre for many years. He has written a number of family history books (including the bestselling beginner’s guide Easy Family History) and, with Peter Christian, is the co-author of Census: the Family Historian’s Guide. David is also a contributor to Family History Magazine and a regular speaker on the family history circuit. He has been researching his own family history since the mid-1970s and hasn’t finished yet!

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.

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Apr 252017
 

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.

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Apr 052017
 

Sue Honoré, Oxfordshire FHS’s journal editor, chatted to Nick Piercey on Radio Oxford this afternoon, and the programme is up on iPlayer.

You can listen to it by going to
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04xmrzw

and then click on the play button on Nick’s shoulder, and then the Who Do You Think You Are? tab immediately under Nick’s chin!

We look forward to talking to many visitors interested in their Oxfordshire roots at the show in the next three days. Some of the team have been up there this afternoon setting up our stand – plenty of books and CDs are ready for visitors!

The show website is at

http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com/

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Apr 052017
 
In the early afternoon of today, 5 April, Sue Honoré, Oxfordshire FHS’s journal editor, will talk on BBC Radio Oxford.
She will mainly be talking about the Who Do You Think You Are? Live Family History Show to be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week at the NEC, in Birmingham, which Oxfordshire FHS will be attending.
Sue’ll be on Nick Piercey’s show, and she’s scheduled to be on at 13:40.
Details of Radio Oxford are at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiooxford
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Mar 282017
 

On Monday, 3 April 2017, members of Oxfordshire Family History Society will discuss the topic  “What Family History Program”.

Previous surveys of OFHS membership have shown Family Tree Maker to be the most frequently used FH program. So Ancestry’s decision to stop selling it from 1st January 2016, and to stop supporting it after 1 January 2017, posed the question; “Now What Family History Program?”. The subsequent purchase of FTM by MacKiev has relieved the situation and promises the continuation of FTM updates and bug fixes but it still seems a good opportunity to address the other options available. As an established FTM user Jan Caddie will describe the current situation for this program and members of the panel will discuss other alternatives available including some or all of; Roots Magic, Gramps, GenoPro, Brother’s Keeper, or even PAF if anyone is interested!

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.

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Mar 282017
 

On Monday, 24 April, Jessica Feinstein will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Tracing Jewish Ancestry

How is tracing Jewish ancestry different? Where can Jewish records be found? What do you need to know? Using ofhs-pictureexamples from her own research, Jessica will show you the wealth of resources available. The talk will be of interest to anyone who has already looked for Jewish records or who thinks that a branch of their family might be Jewish, and if time allows we will try to answer your research questions.

Jessica teaches family history locally and can be found once a month in Abingdon Library, helping visitors with their research. Jessica is a student member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists and edits the newsletter and journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain. Jessica has researched Jewish ancestors in many countries, and is keen to pass on tips about research methods, resources and useful knowledge gained over many years of practice.

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.

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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

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Mar 172017
 

Tomorrow, Saturday 18 March, there will be a pop-up history exhibition at Bicester Library under the aegis of Oxfordshire Museum Service and Bicester Local History Society.

Details are at
https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/event/bicester-potted-histories

Visitors can:
Enjoy a short talk about the history of Bicester at 11am and 2pm, or join in with the family activities spread throughout the day.

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In connection with Bicester Library, a mention of our Family History helpdesks there. Pat Ford, one of the OFHS advisors, is at the library on Wednesdays and Fridays. Slots to have an advice session with Pat may be booked by phoning 01869 252181.

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