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 022019
 

In just two days we start putting together the layout for the OFHS Fair. The time has flown by- electrical leads, covers and 97 tables have been booked. Banners, posters and masses of other items are packed and ready for the set up on Friday. Maps have been prepared for the event so all can find their way around. The catering is booked, the parking is organised people are assembling to pull together all the elements of the Fair. The power cables have been checked to see they are good to go, the books are packed in their boxes, the CD’s double-checked, and almost all last minutes queries answered. Saturday is so nearly here and here are a few more tasters of what you can find at the Fair.

Military historian Captain Graham Bandy will be one of our stallholders, with his wife who is very knowledgeable in her own right and has a particular interest in the Women’s Land Army.  Our Fair would therefore be an excellent opportunity for anyone with military ancestors they don’t know much about to get some expert advice. You can bring along copies or photographs of any hard-to-interpret military records,  as-yet-unidentified family photos of distant ancestors in military uniform.

Dave Beames, will be in the hall with the other OFHS helpers, giving advice on deciphering wills. If you have a will that you need some help with please bring it with you.

Chipping Norton Museum are hosting a stall. Apart from the artefacts in the Museum, they have an interesting reference collection for the area- well worth talking to them if your family lived in that area.

The Census Detectives have a very straightforward approach to searching for a missing person. Start with the first bit of knowledge and then work through all the difficulties. However, you will need to know that you have to book a slot on the day, and then remember to arrive promptly. Like many of the stands at the Fair, they are very popular so if in need of their help, do go there first. http://www.sog.org.uk/learn/census-detectives/

New this year is the Crafty Genealogist. If you’re looking for a unique way in which to record your family history their stall is well worth a visit.

Finally- remember to bring some notes about your family history so you can make best use of all the help available.

Sep 282019
 

7 days now to go to the Oxfordshire Family History Fair on Saturday 5th October in Woodstock at Marlborough School and Enterprise Centre. For those who have never visited a Family history Fair before it is full of people who are all interested in tracking their relatives often from quite some years ago. On arrival, you will be offered the chance to win a year’s subscription to either “Ancestry”, “Find My Past” or “The Genealogist”. It is well worth filling in the form, as although all the county libraries have access to “Ancestry” and “Find My Past”, it is much more comfortable in the winter to have access at home.

Oxfordshire has an excellent record of transcribing old Parish records whether involving Births, Marriages or indeed Burials in the local graveyard. Thus, there is a large quantity of materials available to be found by those who have Oxfordshire relations. The bonus with this Fair is that we also have other organisations coming to join us. Amongst them will be Berkshire FHS, Bucks FHS, Northants FHS and Wilts FHS – our near neighbours. In addition Essex FHS, Hampshire FHS, Sussex FHS will be attending.

We have one author bringing their new book to the fair- do come and chat to the author and see what they have to offer. Angela Fortnum offers Leaflets and Pages of North Oxfordshire – My Lineage Pre 1700 – 1959. Her maternal family story begins eight generations before her and reaches back to the turn of the eighteenth century in England—and it is a story that she will tell and continue today. Please do come and chat to the author!

Oxfordshire History Centre, who are based in the redundant church of St. Luke’s in Temple Cowley, just off the Cowley Road, will bring with them some familiar faces to help visitors who have various enquiries. I am sure that they will appreciate plenty of attention from our visitors as well as the opportunity to catch up with others who already know them.

Do remember; free Parking, free entry, a good range of drinks and snacks and plenty of people to help you succeed in finding those missing people from the past. We look forward to welcoming you in Woodstock. Do pass the word around to anyone you know is also travelling this path to find their relatives.

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 082019
 

Having just had a stand at The Family History Show South West we are now preparing for Bucks FHS Open Day on 27 July 2019 at The Grange School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury, HP21 7NH.

OFHS 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.

The link to Bucks FHS is http://www.bucksfhs.org.uk/

Jun 122019
 

Another new event for Oxfordshire Family History Society is The Family History Show being held in Bristol. We have in previous years attended The Family History Show in London and this event in Bristol should be as good.

Details of the event and the opportunity to buy discounted tickets are at https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/south-west/

OFHS 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.

May 062019
 

The second new family history event takes place on the 7 & 8 June at the NEC, Birmingham. A wide range of Family History Societies will be attending as well as a number of other organisations. Both days there will be a range of lectures covering a variety of topics.  Full details can be found at https://www.thegenealogyshow.uk/.

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.

 

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 https://familytr.ee/lecture.

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.

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