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Jan 122020
 

The following surnames were added to the OXfordshire Surname Interest List in December: –

SurnameTimePlaceResearcher
CHERRYAnyThameCate Helyar
EELES<1850LeafieldHarvey Warner
GEMOTTE16cShiplakeAllan Jemmett
HARRIS<1750Chipping Norton, Long ComptonAnne Seeley
HOLLIER<1830Hempton, Deddington, Barford St MichaelAnne Seeley
JEMMETT16cShiplakeAllan Jemmett
JEMMOTT16cShiplakeAllan Jemmett
LAYAnyFreeland, Long Hanborough, Church Hanborough, North LeighGraham Lay
PARSONS<1750DeddingtonAnne Seeley
PREEDY<1800SwalcliffeAnne Seeley
TAYLOR<1800SwalcliffeAnne Seeley

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

Jan 072020
 

We wanted to let your group know about the 2nd annual A Winter of DNA eConference coming up on Saturday, 25 January 2020. The eConference last year was very successful and had great attendance.

Speakers will be talking about the following:

Louis Kessler – Using Double Matching to Build Triangulation Groups from Segment Matches

Jonny Perl – Chromosome Mapping for Absolute Beginners

Devon Noel Lee – Exploring the Advantages and Disadvantages of Ancestry ThruLines

Paul Woodbury – Anchoring Analysis with Multiple Types of DNA Evidence

The online sessions will begin at 9am Central Time on Saturday, 25 January 2020. Some answers to common questions that people have asked us:

1. Yes, the sessions are live. These are not pre-recorded, so if you have questions, then please ask them in the chat during any of the sessions and we’ll get them answered.

2. Yes there are door prizes. We have DNA kits donated from several companies as well as other prizes. 

3. No, you don’t have to be watching the live presentations to win (although we hope you do), everyone who is registered will be eligible to win the DNA kits.

4. Yes, recordings of the sessions will be available for 30 days after the eConference so even if you can’t make the live session, register so that you can watch the recordings.

5. Yes we use our webcams. You don’t have to watch slides all the time. You also get to see people.

6. Yes, this event is open to anyone who wants to register.  No need to travel or even change out of your pajamas if you don’t want to.

As with past events there will be a 5th hour panel discussion where you can ask questions about any of the topics or even anything else related to DNA and genetic genealogy. Early bird registration is only $19.99 until January 17th. Regular registration price is $24.99. Learn more at the website (https://www.familyhistoryfanatics.com/winterdna) and register today.

Thanks,

Andrew & Devon Noel Lee

Family History Fanatics

Humble, TX | 346-704-1433

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Dec 072019
 

This recently published CD of Monumental Inscriptions in Great Milton covers 708 separate monuments recorded by the project team. Pictured above is the CD case insert, plus a photograph of the oldest stone found, photographed and transcribed, that of
Thomas GREENEINGE, died 3 August 1639

The CD contains photographs of all the monuments, and transcriptions thereof, plus a name index and a clickable plan of the churchyard.

The CD, OXF-MI-GMI, is available, at £6 including postage, from the Society through our shopping cart at
https://www.ofhs.org.uk/CDsales.html#mis

Dec 032019
 

On Monday, 27 January, Liz Woolley will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Leisure and entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford

In the mid nineteenth century changes in employment practices and rising real wages meant that ordinary working people found themselves, usually for the first time, with leisure time and with spare money to spend on recreation. All sorts of establishments arose to fulfill the new demand for entertainment, many of them aimed at keeping people out of the pub. This talk describes where and how Oxford citizens spent their free time, and how the middle classes attempted to impose ‘rational recreation’ on their working-class contemporaries.

Liz lives in Oxford and has an MSc in English Local History from the University’s Department for Continuing Education. She is particularly interested in the history of Oxford’s “town” – as opposed to “gown” – and in the lives of ordinary working citizens in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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. 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.

Dec 012019
 
Cover of CD case for Bampton MI CD, showing the church.
Bampton MI CD cover

This recently published CD of Monumental Inscriptions in Bampton covers those both in St Mary’s Church and in the adjacent Parish Cemetery, which together amount to 1,333 separate monuments and make this one of the biggest churchyards we have tackled.

The CD contains photographs of all the monuments, and transcriptions thereof, plus a name index and a clickable plan of the churchyard.

The CD is available, at £6 including postage, from the Society through our shopping cart at
https://www.ofhs.org.uk/CDsales.html#mis

Nov 082019
 

There is a big sale at FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA) up until 28th November 2019. If you have Oxfordshire ancestry and want to help us with our Oxfordshire DNA/Surname project or have a relative with Oxfordshire ancestry who would value a Christmas present of a DNA test – especially males who take a Y-DNA test for their surname line, then do buy one.

There are lots of price deductions, so look at the website for details but of particular note is that the Y-67 test is temporarily suspended as the Y-111 test is being offered at Y-67 prices – for all those who want a good Y-test at a bargain price.

If you have already been DNA tested with FTDNA then upgrades to your existing tests are also available in the sale.

We welcome all people with Oxfordshire ancestry prior to 1875 in our Oxfordshire group, especially males who test their Oxfordshire surname line. When you have bought a test, if you don’t know how to join our Oxfordshire project, then get in touch via dna@ofhs.org.uk

See OFHS surname and DNA project for details on the actual research.

Oct 292019
 

On Monday, 25 November, Nick Millea will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

From Agas to Ordnance Survey: Oxford’s changing townscape in old maps and new

The talk will introduce the Oxford atlas project, using existing maps as guideposts, and how to create new maps from old. It will cover the new maps created for the Oxford atlas and go over the problems encountered. Finally spin-offs from the atlas project and future aspirations will be discussed.

Nick Millea has been Map Librarian at the Bodleian Library in Oxford since 1992. He had previously been Map Curator at the University of Sussex. He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship at Manchester Polytechnic. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and has been and still is involved in various other cartographic institutions. He is the author of a number of publications including the Gough Map in 2007. He has curated a number of exhibitions in the Bodleian Library. The latest, Talking Maps, opened to the public in the Weston Library in Oxford in July this year.

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. 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.

Oct 142019
 
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Oxfordshire FHS now has an advisor at Woodstock library (in the museum) offering help in the afternoons of the first and third Wednesdays of each month. He is happy to help with research both in and beyond Oxfordshire.

Sessions with the advisor need to be booked, which can be done in the library itself, or by phone (01993 814124). The sessions are available from noon to 4pm.

The Society also runs helpdesks at several other libraries – see
https://www.ofhs.org.uk/#meetus

Oct 082019
 

On Monday, 28 October, Kathy Chater will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Coroners’ Inquests

Coroners’ Inquests are not just about how a person died. They can provide much useful information for genealogists: where and how people earned their livings, how they got on with family, friends and neighbours and a host of other facts that rarely appear in other official records. Family historians may also find an ancestor involved in another way, as part of the jury, as a witness or one of the officials managing the hearing.

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. 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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