May 222018
 

On Monday, 25 June, after the AGM, Christopher Fance will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Finding Relatives using DNA Tests

Christopher will explain what he hoped to discover by taking two DNA tests and what the results of the tests showed. Like many family historians, he has a number of ‘brick walls’ in his ancestry. He has obtained new information which has shed new light on his mother’s ancestors. He will also explain where the results have been problematic.

At present he arranges speakers for the main meetings of OFHS in the Exeter Hall in Kidlington and is a member of the society’s committee. He is a retired schoolmaster and has been working on his and others’ ancestry for many years. He has researched individuals in Canada, the USA, South Africa, India, Burma and Australia.

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.

Jun 122018
 

Hi all

Two upcoming events organised by Wallingford Museum:

Family Archaeology Day @ Wallingford Museum

On Saturday 28 July 2018 from 11am – 4pm, Wallingford Museum has organised another exciting Family Archaeology Day at the Museum.

Bring along your fossils to show our expert, Steve Head, who will be on hand to identify anything you might have found. Steve will also be able to show you some of his own fossil collection from around the world.

You’ll be able learn all about how archaeology is done from the experts and see the results of recent work done in Wallingford Castle. You’ll also be able to take part in some ‘hands-on’ work – pot-washing, identifying pottery, bones, shells, ironwork and much more. Then you can find out how to begin to identify the sort of pottery that helps to date the finds from archaeology, and even try making your own pots for fun! 

There’ll be a display of things found in past years in the Museum or courtyard, including the rare medieval chess piece excavated from behind the Museum which is now on display there! 

You’ll be able to explore the delights of the Museum – find the Roman skeleton, the woolly mammoth bones, spearheads, daggers, stones from the lost Priory; handle the cannon ball, search the ‘smelly-feely’ drawers, and complete a quiz sheet – plenty to interest and occupy the whole family!

Of course, you can also have a good look at this year’s special museum exhibitions where there is great interest in its ‘Treasures with Tales’ exhibition. Residents from Wallingford and the surrounding villages have loaned the museum a wide variety of fascinating objects, each with its own special significance – from exotic to fun to poignant! Visitors are able to follow the ‘Treasures Trail’ and discover these things for themselves throughout the museum. Each has its own ‘tale’ displayed and can be enjoyed by the whole family. The treasures are woven in amongst  other exhibitions which include not only the story of Wallingford’s Saxon origins, its great Royal castle, the town’s links with Agatha Christie, but also updates on the recent archaeology that is being uncovered by new developments around the town.

So there’s plenty of family entertainment for this special archaeology day! 

Entry is by Museum ticket at the door – £5 per adult (which gives unlimited entry until 30 November) but accompanied children are FREE.

Stu Darby

www.wallingfordmuseum.org.uk

‘Recent archaeological discoveries in Wallingford and its environs’

Richard Oram (Planning Archaeologist at Oxfordshire County Council) will talk to The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society (TWHAS) about the ‘Recent archaeological discoveries in Wallingford and its environs’.

Richard has been the Planning Archaeologist at Oxfordshire County Council providing archaeological advice within the planning system to South Oxfordshire District Council and Cherwell District Council for the last 12 years. Prior to this he worked as a field archaeologist for a number of commercial archaeological organisations in the UK and the Republic of Ireland since graduation from Sheffield University with a BA (hons) in Archaeology and Prehistory. In his role at the County Council, Richard has an interest in all periods of Archaeology up to and including the late 20th century, and is particularly interested in transition periods such as the Late Iron Age to Roman and the Roman to Saxon period. He is also interested in transportation and trade links between settlements and how the infrastructure of the prehistoric and Roman landscape may have functioned and what evidence for this may have survived.

This talk will be held on Wednesday 11th July, 7.45 for 8pm, at St Mary’s Church, Wallingford. 

Visitors (£4) are most welcome.

Katharine Keats-Rohan

www.twhas.org.uk

Jun 112018
 

News of a festive occasion open to all, sent by Sue Richards, of the Ascott Martyrs Educational Trust.

The Trust’s website is:
https://www.ascottmartyrs.co.uk

The postcode which will take you to the locality of The Green is OX7 6AB

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In this centenary year of the introduction of votes for at least some women, 23 June is a day to remember those oppressed women from Ascott who in 1873 were punished for standing up to authority.

Join together on The Green to enjoy a fun afternoon of music and song, and hear more about the Martyrs, their families and life in the village at that time.

Beverley McCombs, a descendant from New Zealand and author of The Ascott Martyrs, will be here to tell the story – we would love to welcome visitors dressed 1870s rural style for the occasion!

At 2.30pm the textile wallhanging that a group have been working on since September will be unveiled. The textile is to have a permanent home in the church, situated opposite the main entrance door where it will provide a powerful and lasting reminder of the women and their experiences.

# Discover the Martyrs story for the first time or catch up on new research and local history
# Shepherds Crook present a programme of topical Cotswold folk songs and readings relating to the events of 1873
# Mark Pidgeon will perform two songs written for the occasion
# Teas in the church from 4pm
# Ascott Village Shop open for picnic fare, icecreams, drinks
# The Swan open for meals and drinks all day
# Beverley is looking forward to meeting you all and signing copies of her book
# Dress 1870s rural style – even just a token shawl or cap will add to the spirit of the occasion

It would be helpful if you could let me know by email if you are able to attend (suerichards@phonecoop.coop) so that we have some idea of numbers.

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Jun 052018
 

Help our research and get a discount!

FamilyTreeDNA have a sale on until 18th June 2018 on DNA tests for males (Y-DNA) tracing the surname line (your father’s father’s father’s family).

Here at the Oxfordshire surname project we need many more males tested to help us trace all the surname lines in the county. If you are male with your male line existing in Oxfordshire before 1875 please consider buying a DNA test this month.

The Y-DNA 37 test (starter level) is down to about £97 (down from $169 to $129). The even better Y-67 test is down to about £164 from well over £200. If you qualify with your male line Oxfordshire ancestry go to:

www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire , click on the join button and buy a Y-37 or Y-67 test – that means you will join the Oxfordshire project and buy a test at the same time – so helping our research.

Any queries to dna@ofhs.org.uk

There are over 1500 surnames we want but some of them are: Absolon, Acott, Akers, Allnutt, Allom, Ambrose, Ashby, Attewell, Ayris, Banbury, Barefoot, Bartlett, Baston, Beale, Beckinsale, Beesley, Betteridge, Billington, Bitmead, Bloxham, Bowles, Buckingham, Chaundy, Cherrill, Clinch, Coggins, Coppock, Costiff, Couldrey,  Couling, Coxeter, Dore, Drinkwater, Druce, Dumbleton, Dunsdon, Edgeworth, Edgington, Eeles, Eltom, Ferriman, Flexney, Gardner, Gillett, Goodgame, Hambidge, Harris, Hedges, Hirons, Hitchman, Hone(y), Howse, Ilot, Jakeman, Kearse, Kench, Kite, Lamprey, Lanchbury, Luckett, Maisey, Margetts, Merry, Messenger, Millin, Moberley, Munday, Neighbour, Orpwood, Padbury, Pether, Phipps, Plester, Pratley, Puddle, Quarterman, Radband, Rowles, Rymill, Scarsbrook, Seary, Shayler, Shelswell, Shury, Silman, Slaymaker, Souch, Steptoe, Templar, Thornett, Tidmarsh, Toovey, Townsend, Tredwell, Trinder, Tuckwell, Upstone, Vasey, Viner, Waine, Wastie, Wenman, Wheeler, Whitehorn, Wiblin, Widdows, Wiggins, Wilsdon, Windows, Wing, Witney, Wixon, Yates, Young.

[There are many spelling variants of all these names.]

 

May 222018
 

On Monday, 4 June 2018, the subject of the Oxfordshire Family History Society meeting will be ‘Have you been here; seen this; done that?’, with the talk given by Wendy Archer.

Wendy says she will talk about some fasinating, but perhaps not so well known, websites to visit, and various tips she hopes the audience will find useful.

Wendy is the Volunteers Coordinator of OFHS, and is also a member of the computer group panel.

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.

May 082018
 

Hampshire Genealogical Society have asked me to let you know about their conference day to be held on Saturday 16th June at The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 2ZN. Visit this website for more information and booking details:

 https://www.hgs-familyhistory.com/list-family-history-articles/hgs-events/

Angie Trueman, OFHS Secretary

May 012018
 

 

Three items of news and notice of events from Wallingford Museum

Wallingford Museum – now opening Sunday afternoons

This year’s exhibition at Wallingford Museum “Treasures with Tales” is proving very popular. From 3rd June, the Museum will also open on Sunday afternoons (2-5pm) – and free entry for accompanied children continues!

The exhibition features a wide variety of fascinating objects loaned by residents, each with its own special significance – from exotic to fun to poignant  – or just beautiful! Visitors are able to follow the ‘Treasures Trail’ and discover these things for themselves throughout the museum. Each will have its own ‘tale’ displayed and can be enjoyed by the whole family. The treasures are woven in amongst our other exhibitions which include not only the story of Wallingford’s Saxon origins, its great Royal castle, the town’s links with Agatha Christie, but also updates on the recent archaeology that is being uncovered by new developments around the town.

Stu Darby

www.wallingfordmuseum.org.uk

 

Wallingford’s Guided Historic Town Walks

Wallingford’s Guided Historic Town Walks have created much interest and now take place regularly on Saturday mornings, starting from the Town Hall at 11.00am. Walks last 1 – 2 hours and cost £5 per person.

These are general walks covering the rich history of Wallingford, but also touching on the links with Agatha Christie and ‘Midsomer Murders’. They appeal to residents and visitors alike.

Just turn up – no booking is necessary!

Philip Burton

01491-836200

‘From above and below – Inner secrets of Wallingford Castle Inner Bailey?’

Kevin Barton (of Landscape & Geophysical Services) will talk to The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society (TWHAS) about the ‘inner secrets’ of Wallingford Castle Inner Bailey.

In 2001, Kevin founded ‘Landscape & Geophysical Services’ to provide archaeological geophysical services in Ireland and overseas. In recent times he has brought his broad experience of remote sensing to assist communities in exploring their local heritage.

Much detailed historical and archaeological research has been carried on the Anglo-Saxon establishment of Wallingford and the Norman construction of the first Castle. The most up-to-date research has been published in three primary publications with significant input by volunteers from Wallingford Museum and TWHAS. 

Much has been learnt from the integration of the research results which have revealed that the Inner Bailey includes at least three halls and associated kitchens, a church and other buildings with a large garden area surrounding the church. There are questions still remaining about these structures and functional areas in the Inner Bailey which is the heart of the royal Castle. 

 Remote sensing with associated visualisation techniques can image archaeological features from above – in the air and below – on the ground. The talk will introduce the Castle and review the questions relating to the Inner Bailey. To address some of the questions, we will examine new visualisations of existing and recently processed airborne remote sensing data. Finally, with the help of TWHAS volunteers, some inner secrets of the Inner Bailey may be revealed in the presentation of preliminary results from a new remote sensing survey scheduled to be completed in the days preceding this talk.

This talk will be held on Wednesday 13th June, 7.45 for 8pm, at St Mary’s Church, Wallingford. 

Visitors (£4) are most welcome.

Katharine Keats-Rohan

www.twhas.org.uk

Apr 242018
 

On Monday, 21 May, Dr. Simon Wenham will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Poverty, Pestilence and Public Health in Victorian Britain

Britain may have been the ‘workshop of the world’ in the Victorian period, but the sceptre of poverty and pestilence loomed large over the lives of many of its citizens. A large proportion of people were not only close to the bread line, but repeated epidemics decimated whole swathes of the population. This talk explores the wealth and health of the British during the Victorian period and the State’s attempt to improve conditions.

Dr Simon Wenham is a member of the part-time tutor panel of Oxford University’s Continuing Education Department, where he focuses mainly on Victorian history.

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.

Apr 232018
 

FamilytreeDNA are having a sale on new DNA tests for one week to celebrate DNA day. If you have been thinking about a test, then order one this week.

Sale prices include paying only $49 for an autosomal (FamilyFinder) test up to savings of hundreds of dollars on the more expensive tests. If you are male and have Oxfordshire ancestry on your paternal line we would particularly welcome you in our Oxfordshire project (supported by FamilyTreeDNA) with a Y-67 test which has $60 (over £43) off this week.

To see all sale prices go to:

https://www.familytreedna.com/sale/dna-day

If you have any queries on testing and have Oxfordshire ancestry and want to join the Oxfordshire project, contact dna@ofhs.org.uk.

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