Wendy Archer

Mar 092020
 

Oxfordshire Family History Society has been sent the following news:

Were people from your village or family among the 400 fatalities in Australia’s biggest peacetime disaster?

On 20 April 1845 the Cataraqui ship left Liverpool with emigrants bound for Melbourne.  A quarter of the 369 passengers were from Oxfordshire.  Many were poor families “encouraged” to take assisted emigration under a Poor Law amendment.  Close to its destination, on 4 August, the Cataraqui was shipwrecked on King Island in the Bass Straits (between Tasmania and mainland Australia).  Only 9 survived – mainly crew. The outcry which followed resulted in Australia’s first lighthouses.

The following Oxon villages and families had people who died in the Cataraqui disaster, including 58 children:
Chesterton (Andrews); Fringford (Cotterill, White); Fritwell (Rutter); Great Haseley (Knott); Kiddington (Savings, Simmonds); Rousham (Walton); Stoke Lyne (Loveridge); Stonesfield (Barrett, Oliver, Rolling); Tackley (Cook, Drinkwater, Floyd, Harwood, Hoare, Knibbs, Merry, Payne, Ryman, Savings); Wootton (Bishop).

Find out more about this piece of local history and its 175th anniversary commemorations at https://www.tackleyhistory.org.uk/

Come to a talk Mon 6 April, at 8:15pm in Tackley Village Hall OX5 3AH; given by Neil Wilson & Rachel Strachan.
Shipwreck off Tasmania: the loss of 42 impoverished migrants from Tackley – 175 years on”.

The shipwrecked Cataraqui

There’ll be a commemorative service on Sunday 19 July in Tackley for all the Oxon villages and families involved; contact Tackley Local History Group via suejashton1@btinternet.com.

Go to King Island to join their commemorations 1-5 August, see the wreck site and artefacts.  Contact cataraqui175@gmail.com.

Feb 282020
 
North Leigh MI CD cover
North Leigh MI CD cover

This recently published CD of Monumental Inscriptions in North Leigh includes about 1,240 separate monuments. These include stones to members of long-established North Leigh families such as BREAKSPEAR, CALCUTT, LORD and PERROTT . The oldest legible stone in the churchyard is to Doraty BRUMIGAM, who died in 1676.

The CD contains photographs of all the monuments, and transcriptions thereof, plus a name index and a clickable plan of the churchyard.

The CD is available, at £6 including postage, from the Society through our shopping cart at
https://www.ofhs.org.uk/CDsales.html#mis

Jan 282020
 

On Monday, 3 February 2020, the Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) meeting will be a Members’ Bring & Tell Evening, led by Kevin Poile. The meeting will be held at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, at 7:30pm (you’re welcome from 7:15pm).

Kevin Poile's grandfather's school certificate, aged 7
Kevin Poile’s grandfather’s school certificate, aged 7

Kevin says:

For this Bring & Tell Evening we are turning the tables and we want the audience to do the bulk of the talking. To do this we want members to come along and be prepared to tell us about something that they have found out relating to their family history, if there are photographs or objects involved all the better. Here are some ideas:

a. Found out something unexpected.

b. A family story they have proved to be correct or wrong.

c. Information found using an unusual source.

d. Something funny that has been added as a foot note to a record e.g. Notes added to Parish Registers.

I have various stories in my own family, one that still persists despite the evidence to the contrary is the story of my paternal grandfather who according to the family was discharged from the Royal Flying Corps during WWI because his first wife died and they had 6 children. However, his service record shows he joined the RAF after she died and he sent the children to live with his brothers.

The image is of one of my Grand-father’s school certificates which links him to part of my wife’s extended family and shows that testing of school children is nothing new (he was 7 at the time he received this certificate).

All we ask is that it not involve living people.

We hope to have the technology to project photographs etc. onto the wall without the need to scan them first.

We don’t expect anybody to put a slide show on just talk for about 5 to 10 minutes, either from where they are sitting or up front (your choice).

Hopefully if you have read my article about my family forest in the December Journal this will have given you some inspiration.

For those members who can’t attend, we hope to put a summary of the talk in the Members-Only Area in due course.  https://moa.ofhs.org.uk/

Dec 072019
 

This recently published CD of Monumental Inscriptions in Great Milton covers 708 separate monuments recorded by the project team. Pictured above is the CD case insert, plus a photograph of the oldest stone found, photographed and transcribed, that of
Thomas GREENEINGE, died 3 August 1639

The CD contains photographs of all the monuments, and transcriptions thereof, plus a name index and a clickable plan of the churchyard.

The CD, OXF-MI-GMI, is available, at £6 including postage, from the Society through our shopping cart at
https://www.ofhs.org.uk/CDsales.html#mis

Dec 012019
 
Cover of CD case for Bampton MI CD, showing the church.
Bampton MI CD cover

This recently published CD of Monumental Inscriptions in Bampton covers those both in St Mary’s Church and in the adjacent Parish Cemetery, which together amount to 1,333 separate monuments and make this one of the biggest churchyards we have tackled.

The CD contains photographs of all the monuments, and transcriptions thereof, plus a name index and a clickable plan of the churchyard.

The CD is available, at £6 including postage, from the Society through our shopping cart at
https://www.ofhs.org.uk/CDsales.html#mis

Oct 142019
 
Question mark

Oxfordshire FHS now has an advisor at Woodstock library (in the museum) offering help in the afternoons of the first and third Wednesdays of each month. He is happy to help with research both in and beyond Oxfordshire.

Sessions with the advisor need to be booked, which can be done in the library itself, or by phone (01993 814124). The sessions are available from noon to 4pm.

The Society also runs helpdesks at several other libraries – see
https://www.ofhs.org.uk/#meetus

Jul 292019
 

The Oxfordshire FHS team had a good day at the Bucks FHS fair, as their smiles show! Our CDs, both those of transcribed parish registers and those of photographs of individual parishes’ MIs, were hot sellers. We were able to provide help to visitors from our databases, and had the Black Sheep range of books on offer.

The next fair we’re scheduled to attend is our own Oxfordshire Family History Fair, at Woodstock, on October 5th.
See https://news.ofhs.org.uk/fair/ for where to find us, and attending societies and organisations.

Jul 292019
 

On Monday, 5 August 2019, the subject of the Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) computer group meeting will be Fixing Fotos For Free with GIMP, given by Alan Simpson and Kevin Poile. The meeting will be held at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, at 7:30pm (you’re welcome from 7:15pm).

Photo being coloured using GIMP

GIMP is a completely free graphics program that can do just about everything you could possibly want. Its only snag is that at first sight its interface looks intimidating! Alan and Kevin will attempt to take away the terror and encourage you to discover its joys. 

Alan Simpson and Kevin Poile are stalwarts of OFHS, both wearing many hats and highly competent in all things technical to do with family history.

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

For those members who can’t attend, we hope to put a summary of the talk in the Members-Only Area in due course.  https://moa.ofhs.org.uk/

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