Sue Honoré, the Society’s journal editor, will be talking about family history on David Prever’s Breakfast Club in the 9am to 10am slot. You will also be able to hear a recording of the programme later. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08fxgr7
At the OFHS Executive meeting on the 3 June the decision was taken to not hold our annual Fair this year due to the uncertainties over Covid-19. This decision was made with much sadness, particularly as we had already done quite a lot of work on the Fair (booking the venue, catering and tables and inviting stallholders).
There is the logistical problem of providing social distancing measures and restricting the number of people in the venue at any one time. Equally for OFHS there is the problem of providing all the help that we have in the past. As many of our volunteers are potentially in the vulnerable groups it would be very difficult to provide the search services etc. that many of our visitors to the Fair use.
We intend to hold the Fair next year, on 2 October, and will start our organising at the beginning of January 2021.
Although lockdown is starting to ease, it is clear that we will not be restarting meetings in the Exeter Hall for some months. Similarly, we have no news as to when we might be able to restart our helpdesk sessions in Libraries and the Oxfordshire History Centre.
On the positive side, yesterday evening (Mon 1 June) we held our first online meeting with 100 members present (one member even joined us at 4am in her local time!)
More online meetings will be planned, but I’m afraid the popularity of last night’s meeting suggests we will not be opening those up to non-members! You may feel that our membership fee is a bargain for being able to attend meetings with so many other members present.
Oxfordshire Family History Society has been sent the following news:
Were people from your village or family among the 400 fatalities
in Australia’s biggest peacetime disaster?
On 20 April 1845 the Cataraqui ship left Liverpool with
emigrants bound for Melbourne. A quarter
of the 369 passengers were from Oxfordshire. Many were poor families “encouraged” to take
assisted emigration under a Poor Law amendment. Close to its destination, on 4 August, the
Cataraqui was shipwrecked on King Island in the Bass Straits (between Tasmania
and mainland Australia). Only 9 survived
– mainly crew. The outcry which followed resulted in Australia’s first
The following Oxon villages and families had people who died
in the Cataraqui disaster, including 58 children:
Chesterton (Andrews); Fringford (Cotterill, White); Fritwell (Rutter); Great
Haseley (Knott); Kiddington (Savings, Simmonds); Rousham (Walton); Stoke Lyne
(Loveridge); Stonesfield (Barrett, Oliver, Rolling); Tackley (Cook, Drinkwater,
Floyd, Harwood, Hoare, Knibbs, Merry, Payne, Ryman, Savings); Wootton (Bishop).
Come to a talk Mon 6 April, at 8:15pm in Tackley Village Hall OX5 3AH; given by Neil Wilson & Rachel Strachan. “Shipwreck off Tasmania: the loss of 42 impoverished migrants from Tackley – 175 years on”.
There’ll be a commemorative service on Sunday 19 July in Tackley for all the Oxon villages and families involved; contact Tackley Local History Group via email@example.com.
Go to King Island to join their commemorations 1-5 August,
see the wreck site and artefacts. Contact
This recently published CD of Monumental Inscriptions in North Leigh includes about 1,240 separate monuments. These include stones to members of long-established North Leigh families such as BREAKSPEAR, CALCUTT, LORD and PERROTT . The oldest legible stone in the churchyard is to Doraty BRUMIGAM, who died in 1676.
The CD contains
photographs of all the monuments, and transcriptions thereof, plus a
name index and a clickable plan of the churchyard.
Having had a successful day at The Family History Show in Bristol OFHS will next be attending Family Tree Live. This is the second year of this event which we thought was very successful last year.
OFHS will be selling our CD’s of Parish Records and Monumental Inscriptions together with the full range of Black Sheep books. Included in the Monumental Inscriptions are three new releases, Great Milton, Bampton and North Leigh. We will also be providing a search service to help look for that elusive Oxfordshire ancestor.