Mar 112019

A new family history event takes place on the 26 to 27 April at Alexandra Place, London.  The event provides an extensive range of lectures, full details of which can be found via this link

OFHS will be attending what promises to be an exciting event.  We will have our CD’s of Parish Records and Monumental Inscriptions on sale together with the full range of Black Sheep Books.  We will also be providing a search service to help find that elusive ancestor.  We look forward to seeing you.

Feb 012019

OFHS is now able to take payment via PayPal. This secure system is very useful for many purposes: including joining OFHS or renewing your subscription or purchasing the latest three Memorial Inscriptions CDs (for Sandford, Littlemore, and Wroxton). Many people use PayPal to pay for a wide variety of services elsewhere and can now make these payments easily to Oxfordshire Family History Society.

Sep 192017

The above event will be held at Sandown Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, between 10am and 4.30pm. Find out more at

Oxfordshire FHS will be attending the above show providing you with the opportunity to purchase CD’s of our parish records and Monumental Inscriptions. We will also have a range of books on sale at a discounted price. Members of the Society will be able to carry out searches to try and help with tracing those elusive members of your family tree. We look forward to seeing you there at this new event.

John Cramer
Oxfordshire FHS
Events Co-ordinator

Jul 312017

John Cramer and Angie Trueman, along with Mick Dumbleton, Alex McGahey and Malcolm Austen, manned our stand at the Bucks FHS Open Day at Aylesbury at the weekend.  There was considerable interest in our CDs – both PR transcripts and photographic MI CDs – and our range of books.

For those who could not be there, our CDs and books are available by post – browse the links to CDs and books on the left at

Nov 082016

vchThe winter newsletter of the Oxfordshire Victoria County History Trust has just been published. It features the publication of the latest volume (Benson, Ewelme and the Chilterns: Ewelme Hundred), XVIII, which was published in July.

There are details in the newsletter of a 25% off offer on the volume, and also on the Henley volume.

Oxfordshire Family History Society makes a significant donation annually to the Trust.  (photo is from the newsletter)

Sep 052016

The Alphabetical Digest of Rushers Banbury Directory to Trades and Occupations 1832 to 1906, published by Banbury Historical Society, RushersBanburyis a must-have for those with ancestors in Banbury at that time. The publication consists of all the names in the directory, in alphabetical order, along with the forenames, occupation, and place of trading across which dates.
Occupations vary from Hatter to Milkman to Tea Dealer, to Gymnastics Instructor, Yeast Dealer and Chimney Sweep. There’s also a DVD facsimile of the original book.
Oxfordshire Family History Society has a few copies available

Aug 252016

OFHS is pleased to be supporting the Historic Atlas of Oxford due to be published in 2017.

You can read about it here:

We also have permission to make the first newsletter about the Oxford Volume available to you:
Newsletter no 1 August 2016

Please do consider adding your support to this interesting initiative.

Apr 162016

Various reference books are available for purchase from our bookstall, which is at  Not only do we stock reference books, but also Changing Faces books relating to Oxfordshire in the 1900s, a selection of maps, OFHS publications, and various publications relating to Banbury and Chipping Norton. We also have a full set of the Black Sheep books, for which I’m happy to do a search in the surname & forename index to help narrow down books of relevance.  Have a browse!   Coroners' Recordscover of Enquire Withincover of Birth & Baptism Records

Nov 302015

We now have available on the bookstall a set of 6 books entitled Oxfordshire Workhouse Children 1850-1900: Abandoned, Apprenticed, and Boarded Out.  These are further books in the Black Sheep series, by Carol Richmond.Workhouse Children C-F

They relate largely to minutes of the Board of Guardians meetings of each Poor Law Union, and consist of short summaries of references to each child.

The books can be purchased using our shopping cart at

They will also be available at our Exeter Hall meetings at £5 each.

With thanks to our member Bill Seary, who’s worked with Carol, we have a full surname + forename index to these and the rest of the Black Sheep books.  Anyone who would like a lookup in this index is welcome to contact our helpdesk –

Each of these books relates to a portion of the alphabet of the children’s surnames, but they are also a rich name source for the masters to whom the children were apprenticed, and those to whom the children were boarded out. Workhouse snip

A sample of part of a page is shown here – click on the image to see it in better detail  Reports vary considerably in length; some are more than a page long.

Reviews of the books will be published in a subsequent Oxfordshire Family Historian.

Nov 022015

scan0381  scan0383We have a set of three historic scan0382maps for Wantage & Newbury (which include Didcot and Goring) on the Oxfordshire FHS bookstall – one reflecting the landscape at or around the 1820s, the next the 1890s and another the 1920s. Each map is £10 (inland, including postage) from
There are similar sets on the bookstall including parts of  East, West, North & South Oxfordshire. They are beautfully detailed. Find the farms your ancestors lived in, and the routes they took to market.


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