Paul Gaskell

Nov 202013

The next meeting of the Oxfordshire Family History Society will take place on Monday 25 November 2013. It will be held at the usual venue at  Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1AB. Doors open at 7.15pm for coffee, help with both genealogy and computers, and the bookstall.

The subject of the talk at 8.00pm is My Ancestor left a Will – well he should have done!. This will be presented by John Hanson.

All members, potential members and their guests are welcome.
For directions as to how to get to the Exeter Hall, please see
For a list of future OFHS meetings, please see

Nov 192013

On Monday 24 January 2011, Dave Annal spoke to an Exeter Hall meeting on the subject: Death and taxes: an introduction to the Death Duty records.

I have recently noted that it is possible to download a podcast of Dave speaking on this topic from TNA website at

The talk goes under a slighly different title thereon: Death and taxes: understanding the death duty registers

TNA then go on to say:
“For over 100 years, from 1796 to 1903, the Inland Revenue maintained a series of registers recording the payments of death duties. These registers are now held by The National Archives and represent one of family history’s best kept secrets. This talk looks at the surviving records in detail and explains how they can be used to uncover some fascinating facts about the lives and times of our 19th century ancestors”.

Those who could not attend our meeting on which Dave spoke on this topic, or who simply want a refresher, might want to download this free resource.

Nov 162013


At 8.10am tomorrow (Sunday) morning, the BBC Radio 4 programme “Sunday Worship” is sub-titled “A Vision of Heaven”, and will see CS Lewis’s biographer Alister McGrath marking the 50th anniversary of the author’s death.

The programme will be broadcast from Headington Quarry Church.


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