Nov 112012

Monday 26 November — Exeter Hall, Kidlington, OX5 1AB

Speaker: Audrey Collins

The London Gazette: not just the brave and the bankrupt

This day, the first of the Oxford Gazettes came out, which is very pretty, full of news and no folly in it…
wrote Samuel Pepys in his diary. It was November 1665, the end of the Plague year, when the Royal court and government had removed to the relative safety of Oxford. When they returned to London in February 1666, the new publication assumed the name of the London Gazette, which it bears to this day. It is Britain’s oldest continuously-published newspaper, and is well-known as the source for official notices. You may have used it to find details of gallantry awards, notices of bankruptcy, or changes of name, but it contains so much more than these admittedly popular items. It is a real treasure trove for family and local historians, it is online, and it is free to access. What more could a researcher wish for ?

Audrey Collins worked as a freelance researcher for fifteen years before  joining the staff of The National Archives in 2002. She has written a co-written a number of books on family history subjects, and has contributed to several magazines, including Ancestors and Irish Roots. She has delivered  talks on Irish ancestry in The National Archives at conferences in England,  Ireland and the USA, and is currently a Family History specialist in its Advice and Records Knowledge department.

All members, potential members and their guests are welcome.

For directions as to how to get to the Exeter Hall, please see

For a list of future OFHS meetings, please see

Any queries, please contact me.

Paul Gaskell
Publicity Officer
Oxfordshire Family History Society

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