Sue Honoré

Apr 232019
 

FamilyTreeDNA has another sale on for a few more days. If you are keen to get a DNA test, it is a good week. The male DNA tests are especially good value and if you want to upgrade to the ultimate Y-700 test, it would be worthwhile doing it this week.

Y-37 (males only) is $129 down from $169.

Y-67 (males only) is $199 down from $268 (we recommend this test for males with Oxfordshire ancestry on their surname line).

MtDNA full sequence (for pure female line ancestry) $149 down from $199.

FamilyFinder/autosomal test (for all lines back to 5th/6th cousins) $49 down from $79.

Upgrades from various Y-DNA tests already taken to Y-700 – prices vary from $399 to $217 (normally $599).

For anyone who has Oxfordshire ancestry on the appropriate line(s) being tested, then to join the Oxfordshire project and buy a test at the same time go to

www.familytreedna.com/groups/oxfordshire

For all other people new to DNA testing go to www.familytreedna.com 

For those who have already tested with FTDNA and want to add another test, sign on to your account and select the ‘upgrade & add-ons’ button near the top right of your dashboard screen. (It makes sure your new test is added under the same ID). In general you will not have to supply a new sample, just pay for the test upgrade which will use your existing sample.

Queries on Oxfordshire DNA to dna@ofhs.org.uk

Jan 232019
 

More surname musings. If anyone has any comments do get back in touch.

TOWERSEY/TOWSEY – we believe comes from the place Towersey, near Thame but there seem to be two groups in Oxfordshire – one spelt Towersey (that is more common in the Banbury area initially) and one Towsey which was in Bicester but is more common in the south of the county. Does anyone know a connection between the two?

There is an early TRUELOCKE family in Iffley but then they were manly in the Appleford/Sutton Courtneay area. Does anyone know where this family was before it came to Oxfordshire?

If ayone has very early instances of GOLD (or variant ancestors) in the 16th and, ideally, earlier centuries we’d be keen to know.

We don’t think BATT(S) and BETT(S) are the same name but are keen to see if anyone has any overlaps in their family trees.

 

As always we are very keen to get more males DNA tested with some of these key surnames so do contact us if you are willing.

surname-project@ofhs.org.uk

 

Dec 312018
 

We are working hard on our Oxfordshire surname project. Periodically we would like to get help from experts in a particular surname. If you can contribute to the discussion please contact us here or via surname-project@ofhs.org.uk

Questions for the start of 2019:

SHURY and SHEWRY seem to be spelling variants of the same name in Oxfordshire. Does SHIRLEY fit in with these names? Does anyone have some family history where SHIRLEY is mixed with spellings of SHURY/SHEWRY? Places like Thame and Witney have all 3 variants but are they different lines?

LINDARS is found in the Chipping Norton area early on but later appears in Tetsworth. Does anyone have a family history that shows where the Tetsworth family came from?

Does anyone have knowledge of SAW/SAWE and SOAR/SORE/SOR spelling variants being in the same family?

Does anyone have knowledge of MOULD/MOLD and the other versions MOULDER/MOULDEN spelling variants being in the same family?

All knowledge appreciated, especially if you have information from primary sources.

Sue Honore

Nov 292018
 

FamilyTreeDNA, having just finished one sale, now have another one on for the month of December 2018. If there is a male in your family who has Oxfordshire ancestors on his surname line, why not buy him a test for the holiday season? Y-37 is $99 and Y-67 is $179 so saving (in UK money) about £50-80 per test. See www.familytreedna.com

We need more males tested for our surname/DNA project as we are beginning to gather together our results with big strides forward planned for 2019. So you’d be  helping the project enormously if you helped more Oxfordshire males to be tested. If you want to buy a Y-DNA test and join the Oxfordshire project in one go, then go to www.familytreedna.com/groups/oxfordshire and click on the ‘join’ button then buy your test. We need you to send us your/the male’s brief family history when you have bought the test to show us your Oxfordshire connections.

Due to some benefactors, there are also reduced price tests available (and some are even free) for those males with the surname ancestry of TOWNSEND in the Drayton St Leonard/Abingdon area;  MILAM and variants from the Henley area; RIMAN/RYMAN/RYMEL; PRATLEY/SPRATLEY and two other tests if you have great Oxfordshire surnames we need – see our list of asterisked surnames at  https://news.ofhs.org.uk/oxfordshire-surname-project/oxfordshire-surname-project-list/

Please contact dna@ofhs.org.uk if you want to discuss if you qualify for these special tests or have any questions.

Make your Oxfordshire DNA project administrators and surname researchers happy in December!

Nov 142018
 

FamilyTreeDNA have announced a one week sale with some very good discounts. If you have Oxfordshire ancestry and were thinking of a DNA test now is a good time to buy one. Maybe you can buy a test as a present for a relative for Christmas? We are especially keen to have males with their pure male line ancestry based in Oxfordshire tested to help out surname research project, although are happy to have all Oxfordshire ancestry testers in the project. You can see all the surnames we are researching and need DNA for at: Oxfordshire surname Project

Prices:

Y-DNA 37: Was $169 now $99 (about £66)

Y-DNA 67: Was $268 now $179

Y-DNA 111: Was $359 now 219

Family Finder (autosomal test): Was $79 now $49 (about £32)

Maternal DNA: Was $199 now $139

Y-DNA is for Males only and tests the pure male line, autosomal is for all testers and shows cousins on all lines but only back about 5 generations, maternal DNA is for everyone but tests the pure female line.

Other tests are also in the sale.

Go to www.familytreedna.com/groups/oxfordshire and click on the ‘join’ button if you have Oxfordshire ancestry and are buying a test which will include those lines. We will ask you to tell us about your Oxfordshire ancestry when you join.

Any queries please contact dna@ofhs.org.uk.

 

Oct 262018
 

On Lilley Mitchell’s BBC Radio Oxford show between 2:00pm and 2:30pm on Monday 29th October 2018, OFHS member Elizabeth Mills will talk about her fascinating Jamaican slave ancestry and how a chance encounter in Oxford and DNA testing helped her to solve a long-standing family mystery.

Aug 162018
 

If you are thinking about a DNA test, then buy one from FamilyTreeDNA at www.familytreedna.com in August as there is a sale on most items. For males testing their surname line, a Y-37 test is down from $169 to $149. For males and females the autosomal (FamilyFinder) test is down from $79 to $59 and other tests are also on sale. If you already have a test with the company, then upgrades are cheaper in the sale too. It is well worth buying now. We recommend males with Y-37 upgrade to Y-67 or Y-111. The sale ends on 31st August.

If you have a long Oxfordshire family history (before 1875) then go to the Oxfordshire DNA project at www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire and ‘join’ the project and buy a test at the same time.

 

dna@ofhs.org.uk

 

 

Jun 052018
 

Help our research and get a discount!

FamilyTreeDNA have a sale on until 18th June 2018 on DNA tests for males (Y-DNA) tracing the surname line (your father’s father’s father’s family).

Here at the Oxfordshire surname project we need many more males tested to help us trace all the surname lines in the county. If you are male with your male line existing in Oxfordshire before 1875 please consider buying a DNA test this month.

The Y-DNA 37 test (starter level) is down to about £97 (down from $169 to $129). The even better Y-67 test is down to about £164 from well over £200. If you qualify with your male line Oxfordshire ancestry go to:

www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire , click on the join button and buy a Y-37 or Y-67 test – that means you will join the Oxfordshire project and buy a test at the same time – so helping our research.

Any queries to dna@ofhs.org.uk

There are over 1500 surnames we want but some of them are: Absolon, Acott, Akers, Allnutt, Allom, Ambrose, Ashby, Attewell, Ayris, Banbury, Barefoot, Bartlett, Baston, Beale, Beckinsale, Beesley, Betteridge, Billington, Bitmead, Bloxham, Bowles, Buckingham, Chaundy, Cherrill, Clinch, Coggins, Coppock, Costiff, Couldrey,  Couling, Coxeter, Dore, Drinkwater, Druce, Dumbleton, Dunsdon, Edgeworth, Edgington, Eeles, Eltom, Ferriman, Flexney, Gardner, Gillett, Goodgame, Hambidge, Harris, Hedges, Hirons, Hitchman, Hone(y), Howse, Ilot, Jakeman, Kearse, Kench, Kite, Lamprey, Lanchbury, Luckett, Maisey, Margetts, Merry, Messenger, Millin, Moberley, Munday, Neighbour, Orpwood, Padbury, Pether, Phipps, Plester, Pratley, Puddle, Quarterman, Radband, Rowles, Rymill, Scarsbrook, Seary, Shayler, Shelswell, Shury, Silman, Slaymaker, Souch, Steptoe, Templar, Thornett, Tidmarsh, Toovey, Townsend, Tredwell, Trinder, Tuckwell, Upstone, Vasey, Viner, Waine, Wastie, Wenman, Wheeler, Whitehorn, Wiblin, Widdows, Wiggins, Wilsdon, Windows, Wing, Witney, Wixon, Yates, Young.

[There are many spelling variants of all these names.]

 

Apr 232018
 

FamilytreeDNA are having a sale on new DNA tests for one week to celebrate DNA day. If you have been thinking about a test, then order one this week.

Sale prices include paying only $49 for an autosomal (FamilyFinder) test up to savings of hundreds of dollars on the more expensive tests. If you are male and have Oxfordshire ancestry on your paternal line we would particularly welcome you in our Oxfordshire project (supported by FamilyTreeDNA) with a Y-67 test which has $60 (over £43) off this week.

To see all sale prices go to:

https://www.familytreedna.com/sale/dna-day

If you have any queries on testing and have Oxfordshire ancestry and want to join the Oxfordshire project, contact dna@ofhs.org.uk.

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