Jan 232018

On Monday, 26 February, Maggie Loughran will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Researching ancestors in Ireland

Over the centuries, one of Ireland’s greatest exports has been its people. This has taken many guises be it voluntarily to travel the world, to explore seeking fame and fortune, economic migrants, trade, colonise, govern or forcibly transported, to fight or to garrison some far off settlement. It is estimated that there are over one million people of Irish birth in Britain today, plus numerous second, third or fourth generation Irish. The major challenge to those of us with Irish ancestors is to determine their actual place of birth, without this it is nigh on impossible to undertakeany research within Ireland, even if you trying to research a fairly uncommon surname. This talk will guide you through sources to help determine your ancestors place of birth and also look at some of the more easily accessible Irish records.

Maggie Loughran is a lecturer, educator and author, regularly contributing articles on family and local history to various journals and magazines and is co-author of the best selling ‘Discover Your Roots’ (published 2006). She has lectured extensively both in the UK and USA and organised courses and conferences on family and local history related subjects. She is a past Chairman of both local and family history societies and a past Administrator of the UK based, Federation of Family History Societies. Also for the blog: She is half Irish and has been actively researching her own and her husband’s Irish ancestors for over 25 years.

By courtesy of www.dreamstime.com

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.

Feb 092018

Familytree DNA is having a sale which will end at midnight on 14th February 2018 for the autosomal DNA test (can be taken by both men and women and will show you cousins going back to common ancestors about 5-6 generations ago). It a basic first step into DNA testing.

Sale price is $59 – down from $89. Please note postage to and from the US is extra.

If you have Oxfordshire ancestors going back before 1875, please order the test through the Oxfordshire DNA project which is at:

www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire . Click on the join button and follow instructions to order a test.

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, please email dna@ofhs.org.uk.

Jan 262018

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.

Thank you.

John Cramer
Executive Member


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 events@ofhs.org.uk 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”

Jan 222018

On  Monday 5 February 2018, the subject of our computer-focussed meeting will be “Charting your Family History”, with the talk given by Kevin Poile of OFHS’s computer group panel.

Kevin says he will  look at the options within RootsMagic and the standalone charting software “Charting Companion” for taking your family tree and producing charts. There will also be a discussion on the various file formats used to save the resulting charts.

Kevin is a member of both the OFHS Executive Committee and the Computer Group Panel. He is an advisor at the Oxfordshire History Centre and in Wallingford and Chinnor libraries. He has 30+ years experience of researching family history.

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 www.ofhs.org.uk

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 272017

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!


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