Malcolm Austen

Jun 072016

GENUKI logoThis meeting will commence with the Annual General Meeting.

Following the AGM, at approximately 20:30, Malcolm Austen (OFHS Chairman and GENUKI trustee) will talk about GENUKI: the UK & Ireland Genealogical Information Service

The talk will start with a very brief history of GENUKI which is 21 years old this year and then move on to show (and discuss) the structure working with the live web site on-screen. (A safety-net may be used if the inter-net fails us!)

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, books for sale, and tea and coffee available.

Non-members are very welcome.
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Aug 042014

As we follow the centenary of The Great War through from 2014 though to 2018/19 we hope to build an online resource for the War Memorials of Oxfordshire.

To mark the start of the centenary, we have a list from our War Memorials Coordinator of all the memorials he is aware of across the county. Please let us know of any we have missed of web sites giving details of any of these Memorials.

Please do visit the list of War Memorials

Feb 282014

We first produced this parish by parish list of the dates covered by our published transcripts in 2011. Since then our transcribers have been busy and we have published an updated list. This time we have published it in two forms, one A-Z by parish as before and the other sorted by CD to make it easy to see the date coverage on any particular CD.

These PDF downloads come as 12 A5 pages which can be printed as a booklet (if your computer & printer cooperate!)

A-Z by parish:

By CD:

Members: note that the latter CD-ordered version will form part of the Members’ Handbook which will accompany your April journal.

Nov 202013

All libraries will close at 1 pm on Tuesday 24 December, or at their usual time if this is earlier than 1 pm. Any library which does not usually open on a Tuesday will be closed from its usual closing time on Monday 23 December.

Branch and mobile libraries will reopen on Thursday 2 January. Oxford Central Library will be open from Saturday 28 December to Tuesday 31 December inclusive (closing at 5pm that day) and re-opening on Thursday 2 January.

Oct 242013

Stories of a lost Oxfordshire Tudor mansion rediscovered by the Bodleian Libraries

The stories behind Rycote, one of England’s most important lost Tudor mansions, have been rediscovered with the help of the Bodleian Libraries archives. Work to uncover the history of Rycote has revealed this great mansion’s important historical connections and the key role the house played in local and national history. Now a new website (Rediscovering Rycote: brings these stories online, revealing the mysteries that were left in Rycote’s wake when the building was demolished in 1807.

The mansion at Rycote was one of the most celebrated and important country houses in Oxfordshire. During its existence, spanning almost three centuries, the great house welcomed key historical figures with the owners having close connections to royalty. Yet Rycote’s tragic ending meant its history quickly faded into obscurity. In the early 19th century Rycote became too expensive to maintain and over five days in June 1807 the mansion was auctioned off, brick by brick, by its financially crippled owner. A small 15th century chapel and a stable guest block were left remaining on the estate, the only remnant of the great house being part of the south-west tower. Regrettably Rycote’s archive, deemed to be of no further value, was thrown on a bonfire. Continue reading »


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