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.

Jun 252015

MuseumofOxfordWe’ll be at the Museum of Oxford this Saturday (10:30am to noon) to help you explore your family tree (strangely named or not) at the launch of Paul Sullivan’s new book “Frogley, Cockhead and Crutch: A Celebration of Humorous Names from Oxfordshire’s History”. Paul will sign his books as well.
The Museum is in St Aldates, in central Oxford – see or

Click on the flyer for more details.

Come along – we’ll be pleased to see you!

Nov 132014

One of our members, Pam Reay, has written:

“I have been involved with a group of Wheatley people researching all of the men who died and served in Wheatley. We have produced a book which runs to 144 pages and is copiously ilustrated.  We would be pleased to present OFHS with two complementary copies.

Wheatley Press releaseI attach a flyer which gives details of the book launch which takes Wheatley book-launch-posterplace on Friday 14th, Nov at 7.30pm where books will be on sale at £4.99, also an exhibition which will take place on Sat.15th, Nov. 10am -5pm. Both in the Merry Bells High St. Wheatley.”

Mar 172014

cover of Oxford Prison EmployeessmallOxford Prison Employees is Carol Richmond’s latest book, with details of over 700 employees, covering the period 1809-1926.

Some of the warders had served in the army prior to the prison, and Carol has used sources in The National Archives to glean details including their physical appearance.

Quarter Sessions records, censuses and extracts from Jacksons Oxford Journal have been used to add details for each of the employees.

It’s interesting how many employees are from out of county, often coming from other prisons such as Leicester, Holloway, Liverpool …

An excellent analysis of the Prison staff – available from the OFHS bookstall at meetings for just £4.50, or posted for a little more – see the books link on the left at

A detailed review will appear in the April issue of the Oxfordshire Family Historian

Oct 012013
We are pleased to report that the society has recently taken stocks of the latest publication from Carol Richmond’s “Oxfordshire Black Sheep Publications” :-
Childhood Secrets : Volume 9 : Oxfordshire Children sent to Industrial Schools in Bristol, Bath and Leicestershire
This title will shortly become available from the society’s online bookstall. However, anyone who wants a copy and is keen to avoid those pesky postal charges can purchase it at this Saturday’s Open Day, as stocks will be on site !
Further details of the Open Day can be found at :-
Enjoy !
Jul 282013
I am pleased to report that the Oxfordshire FHS bookstall is now stocking four new titles from “Oxfordshire Black Sheep Publications” as follows :-
Wanted ! Military Deserters, Absconded Apprentices and Runaways 1802-1903
Headington Guardians’ Minute Book 1841-1846
Childhood Secrets: Oxfordshire Boys On Training Ship “Formidable” Surnames beginning A to H ; Volume Seven
Childhood Secrets: Oxfordshire Boys On Training Ship “Formidable” Surnames beginning J to Y ; Volume Eight

For details of availability, how to order and the like, please see our website –

Do YOU want a copy of this book ?



Jul 232013
OFHS is pleased to announce three bookstall accessions from “The Eureka Partnership”.
They are :-
Fairford Baptist Church
Births 1785-1836; Burials 1794-1905; Members 1795-1842
The Peculiar Court of Dorchester: Volume One
Persons Named in Wills Proved 1700-1745
The Peculiar Court of Dorchester: Volume Two
Persons Named in Wills Proved 1746-1835
As is the norm with volumes from this particular publisher, we hold stocks for personal sales at OFHS meetings and at the Holford Centre. In addition, titles can be ordered online or by post direct from their publisher. For their details, please see :-
Enjoy !

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