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 292019
 

Oxfordshire Family History Society is holding its annual Fair in Woodstock, at Marlborough School, OX20 1LP, on Saturday 5 October 2019..  Do put it in your diaries now.

To date we have 24 organisations booked to attend with a wide range of expertise to share with our visitors.  For anyone who has not been to a fair like this before, the stalls are all concerned with helping people research their family history.

OFHS has done a large amount of transcribing of the Parish Registers, graves in many of the cemeteries, and war memorials throughout the county. These results are available on CD’s which are available for purchase. In addition, there are a range of books and details of plenty of details of other Oxfordshire families and their occupations. Other stalls will be offering maps, postcards and a wide variety of subject experts to ask for help.
As the Fair gets closer we will be highlighting some of the other attendees so do visit this site again.

The Fair is held in the main gym and the Marlborough Enterprise Centre and entry is free.  Easy access for all visitors and FREE parking makes it really easy to visit and with excellent refreshments available you can make a day of it.  Doors open at 10.00 hours and close at 16.00 hours.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Web: news.ofhs.org.uk/fair

Email: fair@ofhs.org.uk

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.

Oct 052018
 

Today we start to put together the layout for the OFHS Fair. The time has flown by- electrical leads, covers and over 87 tables have been booked. Banners, posters and masses of other items are packed and ready for the set up today. 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. Since last year, a brand new floor in the main hall has been installed and we all understand that no high heels are to be on it at all. 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 I still have not discovered all that is on offer at the Fair, but here are a few more tasters.

The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) is the professional organisation promoting high professional standards in the field of genealogy and historical research in England and Wales. AGRA is also prominent as a representative voice in matters relating to genealogy. Talking to someone on the stall at the Fair in Woodstock will cost nothing and might make a difference to your research.
Chipping Norton Museum are also 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 East of London Family History Society is now a registered charity with over 1,800 members worldwide, the Society has no central offices, telephones or paid staff, and volunteer members provide all their help. I am sure that whether you are new to studying family history or a seasoned genealogist you will find something to interest you. Their geographic area of interest is that part of Greater London, north of the Thames and east of the old City of London gates of Aldgate & Bishopsgate. Then eastwards through the modern day London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Barking and Dagenham through Redbridge to the edge of Metropolitan Essex at Havering. Such a central area housed many families- perhaps your history may have links there? Do go and see what they have to offer.

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/

Finally- remember to bring some notes about your family history so you can make best use of all the help available.
Come and enjoy all there is on offer.

Sep 272018
 
Sep 052018
 

Just 31 days until the OFHS fair in Woodstock on Saturday 6th October at Marlborough School and the Marlborough Enterprise Centre. Free entry, free parking and a good range of food and drinks to sustain you during a busy day. On board are a host of interesting people, OFHS advisors and plenty of other societies represented who are also keen on Family History
Please think about using these 30 days to go back onto your family tree and identify the biggest gaps in the Oxfordshire part of your family. Using a notebook do make plenty of notes and prioritise the people who you have found the hardest to trace before. Then you will know who to concentrate on during your visit to the OFHS Fair. Make a note of their children, dates of birth of location of their parents and possibly death so that the researchers can make best use of their time.
Do remember that the families prior to 1900 did often vary the spelling of their names- it is always worth writing out all the possible variations so that you have a record of what might fit into your family tree. Although Vicars or Priests were expected to be literate they had a challenge to spell some names that they may not have ever come across before, but it was not their fault.
Oxfordshire has a rich history of unique surnames so investigating the stall at the OFHS Fair headed ‘GOONS’ might well be worth your time. This title stands for Guild of One Name Studies : follow this link https://one-name.org/ and this will help you to see if they will be of interest on the 6th October 2018.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Sep 052018
 

Witney & District Museum 75 High Street, Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 6JA
This article is to highlight their Heritage Open day on Saturday 8th September between 10.00 and 16.00. The Museum is found close to the junction of the High Street and Witan Way, though the archway marked ‘Bartlett Builder’.
This day is free to all, and will be well worth attending.
Oxfordshire Family History Society advisors will be present to help people find previous generations of their Oxfordshire families. They will be bringing with them various leaflets, booklets & CD’s of registers and masses information on the computers.
During the day the museum will allow access to some of its wealth of material for those interested in local or family history. Among their records they hold the only known surviving register of inmates at Witney Union Workhouse, covering 1839 to 1841, and the Quit-rent rolls showing the owners and occupiers of around 350 properties in Witney, Hailey, Crawley and Curbridge, (1845-1890) with loads more information. There is no need to book.
Access: Wheelchair access only to the ground floor.
This small independent museum is run entirely by volunteers.
Do come and join us there. Contact for the day: 01993 775915

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