Apr 062018


On Monday, 9 April 2018, the subject of the Oxfordshire Family History Society meeting will be ‘Fixing Photos’, with the talk given by Alan Simpson.

Alan says he will demonstrate some of the techniques you can use to enhance the visual appearance of damaged and faded old photographs. It will be an interactive session so if anyone cares to bring along an old photograph or two, Alan is prepared to rise to the challenge and will have a scanner and camera to hand. Don’t expect miracles though!. If information is completely lost from the original it cannot be recovered but what does remain can often be shown to much better effect, as evidence this snap of a Sutton family gathering in Yorkshire taken around 1919.

Alan is the Chairman of the OFHS computer group panel, and, as well, he carries out searches for the Society’s Search Services. He’s also our Monumental Inscriptions Coordinator.
We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the meeting starting at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be a warm welcome for all.


May 262017

On Monday, 12 June 2017Alan Simpson will give a talk entitled  “Tablets for Family History?”.

Alan says: “Tablets are currently one of the biggest growth areas in computer hardware. He will discuss the development of the tablet, compare the options currently available and attempt to answer the question “Are Tablets a useful adjunct to the family historians armoury?” “.

A career in electronic and software engineering may not be the most conventional background for researching family history. However, since retiring from paid employment Alan has become heavily involved with OFHS and currently operates the Search Service, and co-ordinates the Society’s Monumental Inscription transcribing activities.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the meeting starting at 7:30pm.  Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be a warm welcome for all.

Jul 222014

affidavitFrom 1666 onwards parliament passed a succession of “Burying in Woollen” acts, with the aim of supporting the local woollen trade. You will often come across references to these in early burial registers. If you are not familiar with these acts, you will find them described on our Oxfordshire Family History Society  “Hints & Tips from the Search Desk” page at http://searches.oxfordshirefhs.org.uk/tips.html#burials_woollen

But have you ever wondered what the affidavits look like? At South Newington church there are several framed early examples on display and these are included on the new OFHS Memorial Inscription CD for that parish OXF-MI-SNT.  Many of the early ones were extremely artistic, as witness the example from 1688 shown in miniature here. This can be seen in slightly more detail on the “Hints & Tips” page mentioned above but if you really want to see it in all its fully readable glory you will need to buy a copy of the OXF-MI-SNT CD which includes it and several others from dates between 1688 and 1795. A mere snip at just £6.00!


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