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Jul 122019
 
The following surnames were added to the OXfordshire Surname Interest List in June
SurnameTimePlaceResearcher
BAYLISS<1870Handborough (Long)Holly Herda
BERRY>1700WitneyNena Carter
BUCKINGHAMAnyCowleyJane Baird
BUCKLEAnyBicesterDiana Roads
CALCUTTAnyWitneyGordon Parker
CASTLEAnyDucklingtonGordon Parker
CHAVASSE1700-1800BurfordJan Harris
CLAPTON> 1850OxfordPaul Landon
COLLETT<1746Charlton on Otmoor, FencottStephen Collett
COLLIS>1700WitneyNena Carter
COLLIS19cBampton, DucklingtonCarolyn Ramsbottom
COWLEY> 1950OxfordPaul Landon
DRINKWATERc.1850Tackley, HeadingtonRosalea Webby
DUMBLETON1700-1900Tadmarton, North NewingtonSandra Hawkins
EARLY1600-1700WitneyAlison Charter-Smith
FOSTER> 1950OxfordPaul Landon
LEDBETTER1750-1900Banbury, North NewingtonSandra Hawkins
MARRIOTT1600-1750WitneyAlison Charter-Smith
MILLEN>1700WitneyNena Carter
PARMEEAnyWitneyGordon Parker
PAXTONAnyGreat HaseleyBeverley Corney
PAXTON<1800FinmereBeverley Corney
PLOWMAN> 1900AnyPaul Landon
PUCKETT>1700WitneyNena Carter
RUSSELLAnyStanton Harcourt, EynshamJanet Price
SAUNDERS1600-1800Aston Rowant areaGraham Towerton
SKELCHER1750-1930Banbury, Broughton, North Newington, MollingtonSandra Hawkins
SLINGO>1700WitneyNena Carter
TOWERTON1600-1800AnyGraham Towerton
WASHINGTON1600-1760Gosford, Kidlington, BletchingdonDavid Green
WELLSTOOD>1650Oxford, IffleyBrenda Morris
WHITE1600-1800Aston Rowant areaGraham Towerton
WHITLEY<1870Handborough (Long)Holly Herda
WINFIELD>1700WitneyNena Carter

You’ll find the most up-to-date list of recently-added surname interests here.

Jul 082019
 

Having just had a stand at The Family History Show South West we are now preparing for Bucks FHS Open Day on 27 July 2019 at The Grange School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury, HP21 7NH.

OFHS will have our CD’s of Parish Records and Monumental Inscriptions on sale together with the full range of Black Sheep Books. We will also be providing a search service to help find that elusive ancestor. We look forward to seeing you.

The link to Bucks FHS is http://www.bucksfhs.org.uk/

Jun 282019
 

Save On Family Finder & Y-DNA

If you are a member of the Oxfordshire DNA project at www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire you can save for the next 3 days.

Group Project Members can save on Family Finder and Y-DNA when they use one of the promo codes below! Codes will expire on June 30th.

Promo Codes:

  • $20 off Family Finder when you use code PROJECTSFF
  • $40 off Y-37 when you use code PROJECTSY37
  • $49 off Y-67 when you use code PROJECTSY67
  • $60 off Y-111 when you use code PROJECTSY111
  • $150 off Big Y-700 when you use code PROJECTSBIGY
Jun 262019
 

Where are we going?

The Oxfordshire DNA Project aims to collect detailed DNA information for people who can document a significant association (interaction with the gene pool) with this English county.  The county is not an island so for many there will also be interest within neighbouring counties.  We are particularly interested in Y-DNA because of its association with surnames, but also have interest in female-line mtDNA and autosomal (Family Finder) DNA.  Advanced matching with autosomal DNA can be used by to look for DNA ‘cousins’ among the group project members. To be able to reach valid conclusions about the genetic/genealogical makeup of the county, a much larger sample of members is needed but, like most group projects, the Oxfordshire one is growing slowly but steadily.

Your project administrators have sought to build on its Y-DNA data and its association with surnames by working with the Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) to establish in parallel an Oxfordshire Surname Project.  About 1500 surnames have been listed, though we find that a proportion of these should probably not be considered ‘Oxfordshire’.  A shorter list of about 340 surnames has been selected which show a distinct association with the county.  Through OFHS, about 450 people have shared information about their family trees which will support the compilation of material related to the surnames of interest.  A group of enthusiasts are trawling through Oxfordshire sources for records of surnames.   OFHS has also indexed parish registers that enables locating surnames in specific parishes over the period 1538 to 1899. The initial output from this activity is expected to include a publication (book) describing the history of a sub-set of selected surnames with commentary relating to DNA, if available.  As there will be too many surnames case studies for a single book, further surname studies are expected to be available on-line through the OFHS website.  The surname project entails a large amount of work and its results will take a little while to be productive.

How are we selecting our initial list of about 300 surnames? What is an Oxfordshire surname? Are early records biased towards those who have fame and status, something that DNA might be independent from?  With rare surnames it is relatively easy to decide if they are historically associated with the county and the parish records will show if it was present in the county before 1600. This is one end of a range the other end of which would be very common names, like Smith or Green, but we can look for early records of the name and whether the surname is over-represented in the county in more recent records, such as the 1881 census.  We hope initially to cover a range of rare through to common surnames.  Many families move location over time and may have appeared at some stage in Oxfordshire and thrived there. Others may have branches that left the county and thrived elsewhere in the world, hopefully not dying out in its original location.  There are many small, but important, things to consider.

What are we asking of the Oxfordshire DNA and Surname project members?  There could be many things, but first we’d ask you to hang in there because we hope that we can start to draw on DNA and surname information that should be of use to you.  If you have a detailed family tree, consider sharing it with the surname project if you are asked.  If you know of other males with an Oxfordshire heritage, ask them to consider taking a Y-DNA test and joining the DNA project. 

Richard Merry

dna@ofhs.org.uk

Jun 252019
 

On Monday, 22 July, Rebecca Probert will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved – Interpreting Your Ancestors’ Second (and Subsequent!) Marriages

It’s very likely that some of your ancestors married more than once over their lifetime. But why precisely? and what can their remarriages tell us? How likely was remarriage after a bereavement, and what social and legal factors affected that decision? Was divorce an easy way out of marriage? If people committed bigamy, what were the likely consequences for all concerned? Drawing on thousands of cases, from the Old Bailey to magistrates’ courts, this talk provides new research findings on the nature and extent of remarriage in past centuries and decades to help family historians interpret their ancestors’ lives.

Professor Rebecca Probert began researching her family tree as a teenager and built on this interest in her academic zcareer, researching large-scale cohorts for her monographs Marriage Law and Practice in the Long Eighteenth Century: A Reassessment and The Legal Regulation of Cohabitation: From Fornicators to Family, 1600-2010, both published by Cambridge University Press. She now teaches family law at the University of Exeter and has written on all aspects of modern family law, as well as the history of marriage, divorce, cohabitation and bigamy. She has also appeared numerous times on TV and radio, including Heirhunters; Harlots, Heroines and Housewives; Historic Houses; A House Through Time and Who Do You Think You Are?

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. Non-members are very welcome, though we have a charge of £2 as an entrance fee for them to contribute towards the hire of the hall and the costs of speakers.

A summary of most talks will appear after an interval in the Members’ Only Area of the OFHS website. Summaries of previous talks are also available in the same place.

Jun 132019
 

The following surnames were added to the OXfordshire Surname Interest List in May

ons next to a user below means the user has registered a one-name study of a surname
with the Guild of One-Names Studies.

SurnameTimePlaceResearcher
BARRETT AnyOxford, Steeple AstonBrian East
COLLIS 1750-1950BamptonMichael Long
GEORGE AnyLower Heyford, CuddesonBrian East
HUNTAR AnyAnyCarol Hunter-Sullivan ons
KING AnySteeple AstonBrian East
KING 1700 – 1900Ewelme, Benson, WallingfordDavid Hasler
PARSONS 1760-1900CharlburyPhilip Parsons
PARSONS <1760DedingtonPhilip Parsons
ROOK 1724SpelsburyMarg Hutton
SCUSE 1800-1920CharlburyPhilip Parsons
SPRIGGS AnyToot BaldonChristine Norris
TWYNAM AnyAnyAngela Fortnum
TWYNHAM AnyAnyAngela Fortnum

You’ll find the most up-to-date list of recently-added surname interests here.

Jun 122019
 

Another new event for Oxfordshire Family History Society is The Family History Show being held in Bristol. We have in previous years attended The Family History Show in London and this event in Bristol should be as good.

Details of the event and the opportunity to buy discounted tickets are at https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/south-west/

OFHS will have our CD’s of Parish Records and Monumental Inscriptions on sale together with the full range of Black Sheep Books. We will also be providing a search service to help find that elusive ancestor. We look forward to seeing you.

Jun 042019
 

On Monday, 24 June, after the AGM Sue Honoré will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

The Oxfordshire Surname Project

The Oxfordshire Surname Project was started two years ago and aims to record all significant surnames in Oxfordshire – over 1550 of them (including variants). The first 350 are underway with the aim of creating a book, web pages for each surname and longer term a massive database of all surnames recorded in name lists from across the county from 1200-1900 for OFHS members to access. Sue will update everyone on the projest’s progress and the links to DNA.

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 AGM starting at 8:00pm. The talk will follow as soon as it finishes. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available. Non-members are very welcome, though we have a charge of £2 as an entrance fee for them to contribute towards the hire of the hall and the costs of speakers.

A summary of most talks will appear after an interval in the Members’ Only Area of the OFHS website. Summaries of previous talks are also available in the same place.

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