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

Aug 132018

54 days till the 2018 Oxfordshire Family History Fair at Marlborough School in Woodstock comes round. Do not forget that this event has free parking and free entry to all areas. The catering is done by ‘Good Food’ a company who have served us well in past years with a good range of hot and cold drinks and various edible items.
This year we are welcoming both Glamorgan FHS and Suffolk FHS. Glamorgan is especially interesting because of the link between the two steel foundry centres. I understand that there was a fair amount of migration from Glamorgan to the Cowley car factory and this might be quite relevant to some family historians in the area.
In this centenary year of the conclusion of the 1st WW it will be very appropriate to have the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, as well as the unknown Soldier and Western Front Association present. Military figures have figured frequently in this year and the various events have been well covered by the press both here and abroad.
During the Fair there will some of the OFHS computer experts helping visitors to track down their relatives and there will be practical help with exploring the DNA possibilities to find other relatives.
Sadly, Shropshire FHS is now longer able to attend this year as I reported in my last blog, but we hope to see them in another year.

Aug 032018

Just 64 days to go until Oxfordshire Family History Society is holding its annual Fair in Woodstock, at the Marlborough School, OX20 1LP- Saturday 6th October 2018
Do put it in your diaries now. We have over 30 organisations from a wide range of sources coming to share their expertise with our visitors. Using both the main gym at Marlborough School and the Marlborough Enterprise Centre the event- is FREE. Easy access for all visitors and FREE parking makes it a really easy venue to visit and with excellent refreshments available you can make a day of it! Doors open at 10:00 and close at 16:00.
The Oxfordshire History Centre will also be there with their experts, ready to share some of their treasures. There will be 8 other Family History Societies some neighbours for example Buckinghamshire and Berkshire and others from further afield East of London, Shropshire, Suffolk and Wiltshire.
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 days go by we will be highlighting some of the other attendees so do visit this site again.

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

May 252017

Oxfordshire FHS will be attending the Wiltshire FHS Family History Day on 10 June at Steam – Museum of the GWR, Swindon.  We will have the full range of Black Sheep books on sale as well as CD’s of our parish transcripts and Monumental Inscriptions.  There will also be a range of books at a discounted rate.  A Search service will be provided to help trace those elusive Oxfordshire ancestors.  We look forward to seeing you there.

John Cramer

OFHS – Events Organiser

Apr 052017

Sue Honoré, Oxfordshire FHS’s journal editor, chatted to Nick Piercey on Radio Oxford this afternoon, and the programme is up on iPlayer.

You can listen to it by going to

and then click on the play button on Nick’s shoulder, and then the Who Do You Think You Are? tab immediately under Nick’s chin!

We look forward to talking to many visitors interested in their Oxfordshire roots at the show in the next three days. Some of the team have been up there this afternoon setting up our stand – plenty of books and CDs are ready for visitors!

The show website is at

Apr 052017
In the early afternoon of today, 5 April, Sue Honoré, Oxfordshire FHS’s journal editor, will talk on BBC Radio Oxford.
She will mainly be talking about the Who Do You Think You Are? Live Family History Show to be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week at the NEC, in Birmingham, which Oxfordshire FHS will be attending.
Sue’ll be on Nick Piercey’s show, and she’s scheduled to be on at 13:40.
Details of Radio Oxford are at
Mar 102017

If you missed the opportunity to buy tickets at the early bird price a discounted rate on two tickets is still available.  Two tickets can be purchased for £28 rather than £36.  Visit the WDYTYA website below and enter code EL28.

Oxfordshire FHS will be attending as are Berkshire FHS, Northants FHS and Wiltshire FHS.  A full list of exhibitors currently signed up can be found on the WDYTYA webpage by clicking on “Exhibitors”.

John Cramer

Oxfordshire Family History Society

Events Co-ordinator


Nov 112016

WDYTYA? Live 2017 will again be held at the NEC, Birmingham, on 6-8 April next year.

Early bird tickets are available from 10 to 22 November, inclusive.  To purchase two tickets for £22, a discount of 40%, follow the link below.  Oxfordshire FHS will be attending as are Berkshire FHS, Northants FHS and Wiltshire FHS.  Other local Societies may be confirmed nearer the time.  A full list of exhibitors currently signed up can be found on the WDYTYA webpage by clicking on “Exhibitors”.

John Cramer

Events Co-ordinator

Oxfordshire Family History Society



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