Oct 142019
 
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Oxfordshire FHS now has an advisor at Woodstock library (in the museum) offering help in the afternoons of the first and third Wednesdays of each month. He is happy to help with research both in and beyond Oxfordshire.

Sessions with the advisor need to be booked, which can be done in the library itself, or by phone (01993 814124). The sessions are available from noon to 4pm.

The Society also runs helpdesks at several other libraries – see
https://www.ofhs.org.uk/#meetus

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.

Feb 172019
 

Oxfordshire FHS is pleased to announce a new library helpdesk – at Woodstock library, now housed in the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock.

Phil Isherwood will be available to help enquirers with their family history on alternate Wednesdays, 12noon – 4pm, starting on 20 February. Whilst having access to a variety of Oxfordshire records, Phil, like all our advisors, is also happy to tackle questions about other areas, and also military matters.

Help sessions at Woodstock library can be booked by phoning the library on 01993 814124.

See https://www.ofhs.org.uk/#meetus for other helpdesks across the county.

Jan 262018
 

On the 2 October last year I posted regarding a proposed mentoring scheme that the OFHS Executive feels would provide an additional benefit to new as well as existing members of the Society. To date I have only had three members putting their names forward to be included as Mentors. While there is a fairly wide range of expertise this is not considered to be enough people to provide this additional service to members.  If you feel that this scheme is something you could, from time to time, help with please contact me. My original post is reproduced below for information. I have also attached the draft details of the Mentoring Scheme.

Thank you.

John Cramer
Executive Member

OXFORDSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY MENTORING SCHEME

Post of 2 October 2017
“The OFHS Executive has discussed introducing a mentoring scheme for members of the Society as an additional benefit to members. The purpose of the mentoring scheme would be to provide assistance to OFHS Members in either starting their research or providing advice as to how they might extend their research when they are unsure or have difficulties and cannot advance their research any further.

It is envisaged that there would be a pool of Mentors who would be assigned to help another member depending on the issue to be resolved and the expertise/knowledge they have. There would not be any expectation that the Mentor would carry out research but suggest potential research routes to the member asking for help.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor please contact me via email events@ofhs.org.uk and I will forward details of the proposed scheme. If you then wish to be included on the list of Mentors you would then need to provide me with details of the areas of research in which you feel you can help.

John Cramer
Executive Member”

Oct 022017
 

The OFHS Executive has discussed introducing a mentoring scheme for members of the Society as an additional benefit to members. The purpose of the mentoring scheme would be to provide assistance to OFHS Members in either starting their research or providing advice as to how they might extend their research when they are unsure or have difficulties and cannot advance their research any further.

It is envisaged that there would be a pool of Mentors who would be assigned to help another member depending on the issue to be resolved and the expertise/knowledge they have. There would not be any expectation that the Mentor would carry out research but suggest potential research routes to the member asking for help.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor please contact me via email events@ofhs.org.uk and I will forward details of the proposed scheme. If you then wish to be included on the list of Mentors you would then need to provide me with details of the areas of research in which you feel you can help.

John Cramer
Executive Member

Sep 192017
 

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

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

Mar 172017
 

Tomorrow, Saturday 18 March, there will be a pop-up history exhibition at Bicester Library under the aegis of Oxfordshire Museum Service and Bicester Local History Society.

Details are at
https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/event/bicester-potted-histories

Visitors can:
Enjoy a short talk about the history of Bicester at 11am and 2pm, or join in with the family activities spread throughout the day.

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In connection with Bicester Library, a mention of our Family History helpdesks there. Pat Ford, one of the OFHS advisors, is at the library on Wednesdays and Fridays. Slots to have an advice session with Pat may be booked by phoning 01869 252181.

Nov 112016
 

oaw-roadshow-posterOxford at War 1914-1918 Roadshow will be in Oxford this Saturday, 12 November. Do you have any WW1 memorabilia you could bring along? Your treasures will be photographed, and you’ll be asked to talk about them – but you’ll be able to take them home again!

Details of when & where at http://www.oxfordatwar.uk/roadshow

Click on the flyer for more details.

The project is explained at http://www.oxfordatwar.uk – indeed, if you’re not near Oxford, you can still submit photographs of your WW1 memorabilia.

Oxfordshire FHS will also have a helpdesk there for the day – you’re welcome to come and talk to us and let us search our databases for you! Follow the golden rule and bring details that you know to help us search! If you can’t get there – you can always email help@ofhs.org.uk

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