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.
Now available onine: the full list of surnames under research
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.
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 email@example.com
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.]
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:
If you have any queries on testing and have Oxfordshire ancestry and want to join the Oxfordshire project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Familytree DNA is having a sale which will end at midnight on 14th February 2018 for the autosomal DNA test (can be taken by both men and women and will show you cousins going back to common ancestors about 5-6 generations ago). It a basic first step into DNA testing.
Sale price is $59 – down from $89. Please note postage to and from the US is extra.
If you have Oxfordshire ancestors going back before 1875, please order the test through the Oxfordshire DNA project which is at:
www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire . Click on the join button and follow instructions to order a test.
If you need help on understanding which kits are best for you and how to join/help the Oxfordshire DNA group with its DNA research, please email email@example.com.
FamilyTree DNA have announced a DNA sale for Christmas. Do order your DNA kit(s) in this sale as it will be worth it. A perfect Christmas present for a relative. The Y-DNA tests have about a £30 discount and it is even cheaper if your order through the Oxfordshire project. If you need help on understanding which kits are best for you and how to join/help the Oxfordshire DNA group with its DNA research, plese email firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices are below. Please note postage is extra.
|Individual Tests||Sale price||Regular price|
|Family Finder (FF)||$59||$89|
|mtFull Sequence (FMS)||$169||$199|
|Test Bundles||Sale price||Regular price|
|Family Finder + Y-37||$178||$238|
|Family Finder + Y-67||$278||$337|
|FF + mtFull Sequence||$218||$268|
|FF + Y-67 + mtFull Sequence||$442||$536|
|Upgrades||Sale price||Regular price|
|mt/mtPlus to FMS||$119||$159|
|Y-12 to Y-37||$69||$109|
|Y-25 to Y-37||$35||$59|
|Y-37 to Y-67||$79||$109|
|Y-37 to Y-111||$168||$228|
|Y-67 to Y-111||$99||$129|
Thank you to everyone who entered the DNA competition to celebrate the launch of the Oxfordshire surname project. We had 74 valid entries and a fantastic shortlist of 27, which made judging the competition a real challenge, despite having a thorough analysis template which evaluated many key factors and rated the entries scientifically.
Our congratulations go to the following six men who have won a Y-67 test in the competition: Peter Bartlett, Joe Bleay, Stan Bloxham, Roger Millin, Graham Orpwood and Chris Shayler.
As there were so many high quality entries with some fantastic Oxfordshire surnames, OFHS, Sue Honore and Richard Merry clubbed together to sponsor a discount on Y-DNA tests for 6 other men randomly drawn from the remaining shortlisted candidates. The winners of the discounts are: Andy Beesley, Warwick Cox, Kerry Drinkwater, Bill Joyner, John Tredwell and Gary Wiggins.
Our winners come from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US, so the competition had clear international appeal and participation.
All competition entrants are in the process of being contacted personally.
More detailed updates on the DNA and surname projects will appear on the OFHS website www.ofhs.org.uk and in the OFHS journal over time.
We would like to encourage all those who did not win a prize or who have not considered DNA testing, especially males with a long Oxfordshire history on their surname line, to go ahead and have a DNA test. It will help the Oxfordshire research projects enormously. Further information on the Oxfordshire DNA project can be obtained from emailing email@example.com
Once again, thank you to all entrants and congratulations to the winners.
Richard Merry & Sue Honore
Co-administrators of Oxfordshire DNA Project
& Oxfordshire Surname Project
If you are planning to enter our competition, please try and do so as it closes in less than a week.
The tests are Y-67 – worth over £215 each. You do not need to be a member of OFHS to enter.
If you are a male with strong Oxfordshire ancestry on your pure male line (father’s father’s father’s… – your surname line) or a woman who can persuade a brother/male cousin/father to take the test, then please enter our competition.
Write a few paragraphs on your Oxfordshire ancestry on your male line; describe why a test would be useful to you and provide all your contact details. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org before Thursday 15th June.