Jun 272017

On Monday, 24 July, Kathy Chater will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Huguenots in the British Isles

Five hundred years ago Martin Luther’s protests against the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church of his day sparked religious controversy all over Europe. The Protestants in France, called Huguenots, were among the many waves of refugees from persecution who have over the centuries sought shelter in the British Isles. Many people have a family story of descent from them. How do you go about seeing if the story is true?

Kathy Chater has been tracing her own ancestry for nearly forty years. She is the author of Tracing Your Huguenot Ancestors (2012) and The Reformation in 100 Facts (2016) Her doctoral thesis was published as Untold Histories: Black People in England and Wales during the British Slave Trade (2009) and she has also writtenTracing Your Family Tree in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (2nd ed. 2008) and My Ancestor Was A Lunatic (2014). She contributes articles and reviews on social and family history to magazines and websites.

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 092017

If you are planning to enter our competition, please try and do so as it closes in less than a week.

The tests are Y-67 – worth over £215 each. You do not need to be a member of OFHS to enter.

If you are a male with strong Oxfordshire ancestry on your pure male line (father’s father’s father’s… – your surname line)  or a woman who can persuade a brother/male cousin/father to take the test, then please enter our competition.

Write a few paragraphs on your Oxfordshire ancestry on your male line; describe why a test would be useful to you and provide all your contact details. Send to dna@ofhs.org.uk before Thursday 15th June.

May 262017

On Monday, 12 June 2017Alan Simpson will give a talk entitled  “Tablets for Family History?”.

Alan says: “Tablets are currently one of the biggest growth areas in computer hardware. He will discuss the development of the tablet, compare the options currently available and attempt to answer the question “Are Tablets a useful adjunct to the family historians armoury?” “.

A career in electronic and software engineering may not be the most conventional background for researching family history. However, since retiring from paid employment Alan has become heavily involved with OFHS and currently operates the Search Service, and co-ordinates the Society’s Monumental Inscription transcribing activities.

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 252017

Oxfordshire FHS will be attending the Wiltshire FHS Family History Day on 10 June at Steam – Museum of the GWR, Swindon.  We will have the full range of Black Sheep books on sale as well as CD’s of our parish transcripts and Monumental Inscriptions.  There will also be a range of books at a discounted rate.  A Search service will be provided to help trace those elusive Oxfordshire ancestors.  We look forward to seeing you there.

John Cramer

OFHS – Events Organiser

May 232017

On Monday, 26 June, after the AGM, Sue Honoré will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

The Oxfordshire DNA and Surname Projects

She will provide an update on the status of the Oxfordshire DNA project and talk about the key types of DNA tests available in 2017. She will also describe the new Oxfordshire surnames project and how members can contribute to this exciting new venture, making it a real community research project. The talk will contain plenty of real life examples of DNA and surnames in Oxfordshire.

Sue Honoré is an independent research consultant specialising in different generations in the workplace. Wearing her family history hat, she is editor of the Oxfordshire Family History Society’s journal, a family history advisor and co-manages the Oxfordshire DNA project with Richard Merry in Australia. In 2017 she is working with a small team on a new project to research all the surnames in Oxfordshire. Apart from her normal academic qualifications for work, Sue has an Advanced Diploma in Local History from the University of Oxford.

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.

May 182017
Now available to Ancestry subscribers –

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61187 Wiltshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1916

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1916

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1916


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