Wendy Archer

Feb 172019
 

Oxfordshire FHS is pleased to announce a new library helpdesk – at Woodstock library, now housed in the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock.

Phil Isherwood will be available to help enquirers with their family history on alternate Wednesdays, 12noon – 4pm, starting on 20 February. Whilst having access to a variety of Oxfordshire records, Phil, like all our advisors, is also happy to tackle questions about other areas, and also military matters.

Help sessions at Woodstock library can be booked by phoning the library on 01993 814124.

See https://www.ofhs.org.uk/#meetus for other helpdesks across the county.

Feb 012019
 

On Monday, 4 February 2019, Alan Simpson will talk to Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) and visitors on Photographing and Transcribing Old Books, at the Exeter Hall, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, at 7:30pm (you’re welcome earlier!).

Alan has been photographing various books both for OFHS and his own family use, since first getting a digital camera around the year 2001. During the course of this he has come up with a number of techniques for making the job easier. In his talk he will be describing these and illustrating the results from an assortment of books ranging from an amazingly neat copy book written in 1860 by his then 13 year old step great grandfather to the amazingly untidy collected notes of a mid 19th century vicar of Forest Hill.

Alan is very involved with OFHS, from being Monumental Inscriptions Co-ordinator, to carrying out searches in the OFHS databases for clients, to being lead on the computer group panel.

Non-members of OFHS are very welcome to come to the meeting!

Nov 272018
 

You are invited to Oxfordshire Family History Society’s Christmas Forum, our December computer-focussed meeting, this coming Monday, 3 December, at Exeter Hall, Kidlington.

Rather than there being a set subject, the meeting will be an opportunity for the computer group panel and the audience to raise and discuss recommendations, comments and queries about software and hardware relevant to records for us as genealogists.  We’re expecting a lively evening!

There will also be festive fare to set the seasonal mood.

The meeting will be held at the usual venue at Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1AB.  The doors will open at 7:15pm, with the meeting starting at 7:30pm.

Do come – with your thoughts for discussion!  Non-members are welcome too!

Sep 242018
 

On Monday, 1 October 2018, the subject of the Oxfordshire Family History Society meeting will be ‘Research Techniques using Online Resources’, with the talk given by Elizabeth Mills.

Elizabeth says:
This will be a special bring and share session. Starting with my own best ‘hit’ from Airbnb!! Intrigued? I hope so!
Please can you bring examples of websites you have used to break down brick walls?
We hope to learn from one another how to keep clear notes of the origins of information, remembering to check and double check. Expect online research to lead to long walks, and expect surprising outcomes.
The session will end with the story of how we confirmed the cousin whose grandmother WAS legitimate and therefore she IS my cousin in Wallingford.
 
We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the meeting starting at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7:15pm.  The talk is open to all; non-members are very welcome.

Image is of King William II of the Netherlands.

Jul 242018
 

On Monday, 6 August 2018, the subject of the Oxfordshire Family History Society meeting will be ‘Sharing your data with other people’, with the talk given by Kevin Poile.

Kevin says that his talk will involve a look at the things you need to consider when sharing your family tree information with other people, be they family or other researchers who have a common ancestry. There will be a look at GEDCOM files and the benefits and drawbacks of using them. He will also look at some of the different media devices available. Kevin will demonstrate how using the same techniques for sharing your data can be used to help stop you losing all your data in case of a system failure. He will also show how he’s created a totally free on-line presence for the work he’s done for St Catherine’s College.  The same principles can be used by anybody else for sharing information.

Kevin is  a member of the Oxfordshire FHS computer group panel, and also of its executive committee.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the meeting starting at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7:15pm.  Both members and non-members will be very welcome.

 

Jun 112018
 

News of a festive occasion open to all, sent by Sue Richards, of the Ascott Martyrs Educational Trust.

The Trust’s website is:
https://www.ascottmartyrs.co.uk

The postcode which will take you to the locality of The Green is OX7 6AB

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In this centenary year of the introduction of votes for at least some women, 23 June is a day to remember those oppressed women from Ascott who in 1873 were punished for standing up to authority.

Join together on The Green to enjoy a fun afternoon of music and song, and hear more about the Martyrs, their families and life in the village at that time.

Beverley McCombs, a descendant from New Zealand and author of The Ascott Martyrs, will be here to tell the story – we would love to welcome visitors dressed 1870s rural style for the occasion!

At 2.30pm the textile wallhanging that a group have been working on since September will be unveiled. The textile is to have a permanent home in the church, situated opposite the main entrance door where it will provide a powerful and lasting reminder of the women and their experiences.

# Discover the Martyrs story for the first time or catch up on new research and local history
# Shepherds Crook present a programme of topical Cotswold folk songs and readings relating to the events of 1873
# Mark Pidgeon will perform two songs written for the occasion
# Teas in the church from 4pm
# Ascott Village Shop open for picnic fare, icecreams, drinks
# The Swan open for meals and drinks all day
# Beverley is looking forward to meeting you all and signing copies of her book
# Dress 1870s rural style – even just a token shawl or cap will add to the spirit of the occasion

It would be helpful if you could let me know by email if you are able to attend (suerichards@phonecoop.coop) so that we have some idea of numbers.

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May 222018
 

On Monday, 4 June 2018, the subject of the Oxfordshire Family History Society meeting will be ‘Have you been here; seen this; done that?’, with the talk given by Wendy Archer.

Wendy says she will talk about some fasinating, but perhaps not so well known, websites to visit, and various tips she hopes the audience will find useful.

Wendy is the Volunteers Coordinator of OFHS, and is also a member of the computer group panel.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the meeting starting at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be a warm welcome for all.

Apr 062018
 

 

On Monday, 9 April 2018, the subject of the Oxfordshire Family History Society meeting will be ‘Fixing Photos’, with the talk given by Alan Simpson.

Alan says he will demonstrate some of the techniques you can use to enhance the visual appearance of damaged and faded old photographs. It will be an interactive session so if anyone cares to bring along an old photograph or two, Alan is prepared to rise to the challenge and will have a scanner and camera to hand. Don’t expect miracles though!. If information is completely lost from the original it cannot be recovered but what does remain can often be shown to much better effect, as evidence this snap of a Sutton family gathering in Yorkshire taken around 1919.

Alan is the Chairman of the OFHS computer group panel, and, as well, he carries out searches for the Society’s Search Services. He’s also our Monumental Inscriptions Coordinator.
We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the meeting starting at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be a warm welcome for all.

 

Jan 222018
 

On  Monday 5 February 2018, the subject of our computer-focussed meeting will be “Charting your Family History”, with the talk given by Kevin Poile of OFHS’s computer group panel.

Kevin says he will  look at the options within RootsMagic and the standalone charting software “Charting Companion” for taking your family tree and producing charts. There will also be a discussion on the various file formats used to save the resulting charts.

Kevin is a member of both the OFHS Executive Committee and the Computer Group Panel. He is an advisor at the Oxfordshire History Centre and in Wallingford and Chinnor libraries. He has 30+ years experience of researching family history.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the meeting starting at 7:30pm.  Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be a warm welcome for all.
More details of our meetings can be found at www.ofhs.org.uk

Nov 272017
 

You are invited to Oxfordshire Family History Society’s Christmas Forum, our December computer-focussed meeting, this coming Monday, 4 December, at Exeter Hall, Kidlington.

Rather than there being a set subject, the meeting will be an opportunity for the computer group panel and the audience to raise and discuss recommendations, comments and queries about software and hardware relevant to records for us as genealogists. 

There will also be festive fare to set the seasonal mood.

The meeting will be held at the usual venue at Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1AB.  The doors will open at 7:15pm, with the meeting starting at 7:30pm.

Do come – with your thoughts for discussion!  Non-members are welcome too!

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