Sep 272018

8 days now to go to the Oxfordshire Family History Fair on Saturday 6th October in Woodstock at Marlborough School and Enterprise Centre. For those who have never visited a Family history Fair before it is full of people who are all interested in tracking their relatives often from quite some years ago. On arrival, you will be offered the chance to win a year’s subscription to either “Ancestry” or “Find My Past”. It is well worth filling in the form, as although all the county libraries have access to them both, it is much more comfortable in the winter to have access at home.

Oxfordshire has an excellent record of transcribing old Parish records whether involving Births, Marriages or indeed Burials in the local graveyard. Thus, there is a large quantity of materials available to be found by those who have Oxfordshire relations. The bonus with this Fair is that we also have other organisations coming to join us. Amongst them will be Glamorganshire FHS and Berkshire FHS – our near neighbours. The arrival of Wiltshire FHS and Nuneaton and Warwickshire FHS, together with Doncaster FHS makes it well worth coming along to find out what they have to offer. More of them in the next few days.

We have two authors bringing their new books to the fair- do come and chat to the authors and see what they have to offer. Stan Bloxham says:- “After 8 years of research and hard writing, I have just published my Historical Novel;- ‘The Family Rebel’. The principal protagonist of this work of fiction is my direct ancestor, William Bloxham (1732-1813). He was a tenant farmer, descended from generations of farmers around Bloxham, and took his turn as Parish Constable of Wigginton (The Wigginton Constables’ Book, Ed; F.E. Price. Phillimore. 1971)

The story of The Family Rebel revolves around William’s determination to stop his rebellious bastard son Billy (no documentary evidence for the lad) from being hung for involvement in a treasonous plot to kidnap King George 111. A number of real (fictionalised) and imagined contemporary Banbury figures are part of the story, which of course is set around Bloxham and Banbury, as well as in London. To see more about the book go to  or if you’d like to read an extract go to” completelynovel bookstreamer .”


Dr Pauline Ashbridge also brings her new book “ Protestant Paths: A Story of Dissent” paperback
“The history of the people who left England for the Eastern Cape of South Africa is interwoven with the dissent that arose within the strands of Protestantism. In this book I tell the story of some of the families with strong Oxfordshire connections when they became landless due to large-scale enclosure and their achievements in South Africa.”

Please do come and chat to the authors! As a complete contrast, the group representing the Oxfordshire Health Records are also attending. A note on their website will help you understand what they hold as well as what they do not hold.

“The material held in the Archives is available for research, subject to some statutory restrictions. Some of our catalogues for records of hospitals held by the Oxfordshire Health Archives will be found on the National Archives Discovery website. Full catalogues are available to view at the Oxfordshire History Centre. “

Geographically they are the neighbours of our friends, the Oxfordshire History Centre. Based in the redundant church of St. Luke’s in Temple Cowley, just off the Cowley Road they will bring with them some familiar faces to help visitors who have various enquiries. I am sure that they will appreciate plenty of attention from our visitors as well as the opportunity to catch up with others who already know them.

Hot news. Living Military History are coming to the Fair. Do check them out:

If you have any original documents-, Graham Bandy will be pleased to look at them and review them. However, they must be originals not photocopies or any other type of copies. This is a great opportunity for those who do have some papers or documents amongst their family history relating to the military.

Another addition to the Fair is David Beames who specialises in the Wills’ service. He will be delighted to see anyone who has documents that need clarification or help in understanding them.

Finally, we will have a table for children’s activities again this year and we have secured a replica death penny for rubbing from the kind people at the “Western Front” stall. So “Penny rubbings”, and drawing by children from roughly 2 to 15 years all welcome. A good chance for any child to get ahead in the next History Project for school.

More details here: Our Own: Oxfordshire FHS Family History Fair (Woodstock, OXF)

Do remember; free Parking, free entry, a good range of drinks and snacks and plenty of people to help you succeed in finding those missing people from the past. We look forward to welcoming you in Woodstock. Do pass the word around to anyone you know is also travelling this path to find their relatives.

  One Response to “8 days to the OFHS Fair at Woodstock-come and join us”

  1. Hello. Its really good knowing that you encourage young people to take an interest. I took my 2 grandchildren to the Esher event last Saturday. It was my first visit to this kind of event. Out of the many hundreds we spotted only 4 or 5 children. At the time I thought that there is scope to encourage young people to take an interest. So I was heartened when I read your email tonight.

    Best wishes

    John Howell

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