Aug 202019
 

On Monday, 23 September, Tom Doig will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

The Victorian Way of Death

In the 1800s, death did not hold the same taboo as it does today. Naturally. a funeral was a time for sombre celebration but it was also an opportunity for the family to gather and to exchange news and gossip. Many of the traditions have evolved and still, in one form or another, survive today. These traditions and their folklore which surrounded the Victorian rituals are investigated in this informative yet humorous talk.

Tom Doig is a qualified engineer, teacher and social historian researching rural life in the 19th and 20th century. He is well known for his books on local history and for his radio and television programmes and has lectured widely in the UK and abroad. During the 1990s, he held the post of Director of the Cambridge and County Folk Museum and subsequently the Amberley Industrial Museum. Tom has recently completed five books of old photographs in a series on Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire for the Francis Frith Collection. A member of the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists’, Tom Doig served a term as Vice-President of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. He lives in a remote rural part of north Hertfordshire in a converted cattle shed built during the 1840s as part of a model farmstead. When relaxing from his history research, Tom devotes his time to the preservation of his 1923 Morris ‘Bullnose’ Cowley and 1953 Triumph Renown cars.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help. Tea and coffee will be available. Non-members are very welcome, though we have a charge of £2 as an entrance fee for them to contribute towards the hire of the hall and the costs of speakers.

A summary of most talks will appear after an interval in the Members’ Only Area of the OFHS website. Summaries of previous talks are also available in the same place.

Jul 292019
 

On Monday, 5 August 2019, the subject of the Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) computer group meeting will be Fixing Fotos For Free with GIMP, given by Alan Simpson and Kevin Poile. The meeting will be held at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, at 7:30pm (you’re welcome from 7:15pm).

Photo being coloured using GIMP

GIMP is a completely free graphics program that can do just about everything you could possibly want. Its only snag is that at first sight its interface looks intimidating! Alan and Kevin will attempt to take away the terror and encourage you to discover its joys. 

Alan Simpson and Kevin Poile are stalwarts of OFHS, both wearing many hats and highly competent in all things technical to do with family history.

Non-members of OFHS are very welcome to come to the meeting!

For those members who can’t attend, we hope to put a summary of the talk in the Members-Only Area in due course.  https://moa.ofhs.org.uk/

Jun 252019
 

On Monday, 22 July, Rebecca Probert will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved – Interpreting Your Ancestors’ Second (and Subsequent!) Marriages

It’s very likely that some of your ancestors married more than once over their lifetime. But why precisely? and what can their remarriages tell us? How likely was remarriage after a bereavement, and what social and legal factors affected that decision? Was divorce an easy way out of marriage? If people committed bigamy, what were the likely consequences for all concerned? Drawing on thousands of cases, from the Old Bailey to magistrates’ courts, this talk provides new research findings on the nature and extent of remarriage in past centuries and decades to help family historians interpret their ancestors’ lives.

Professor Rebecca Probert began researching her family tree as a teenager and built on this interest in her academic zcareer, researching large-scale cohorts for her monographs Marriage Law and Practice in the Long Eighteenth Century: A Reassessment and The Legal Regulation of Cohabitation: From Fornicators to Family, 1600-2010, both published by Cambridge University Press. She now teaches family law at the University of Exeter and has written on all aspects of modern family law, as well as the history of marriage, divorce, cohabitation and bigamy. She has also appeared numerous times on TV and radio, including Heirhunters; Harlots, Heroines and Housewives; Historic Houses; A House Through Time and Who Do You Think You Are?

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available. Non-members are very welcome, though we have a charge of £2 as an entrance fee for them to contribute towards the hire of the hall and the costs of speakers.

A summary of most talks will appear after an interval in the Members’ Only Area of the OFHS website. Summaries of previous talks are also available in the same place.

Jun 042019
 

On Monday, 24 June, after the AGM Sue Honoré will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

The Oxfordshire Surname Project

The Oxfordshire Surname Project was started two years ago and aims to record all significant surnames in Oxfordshire – over 1550 of them (including variants). The first 350 are underway with the aim of creating a book, web pages for each surname and longer term a massive database of all surnames recorded in name lists from across the county from 1200-1900 for OFHS members to access. Sue will update everyone on the projest’s progress and the links to DNA.

Sue Honoré is an independent research consultant specialising in different generations in the workplace. Wearing her family history hat, she is editor of the Oxfordshire Family History Society’s journal, a family history advisor and co-manages the Oxfordshire DNA project with Richard Merry in Australia. In 2017 she is working with a small team on a new project to research all the surnames in Oxfordshire. Apart from her normal academic qualifications for work, Sue has an Advanced Diploma in Local History from the University of Oxford.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the AGM starting at 8:00pm. The talk will follow as soon as it finishes. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available. Non-members are very welcome, though we have a charge of £2 as an entrance fee for them to contribute towards the hire of the hall and the costs of speakers.

A summary of most talks will appear after an interval in the Members’ Only Area of the OFHS website. Summaries of previous talks are also available in the same place.

May 252019
 

On Monday, 3 June 2019, the Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) computer group panel will host a meeting for members and visitors on An Exploration of FamilySearch.org, at the Exeter Hall, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, at 7:30pm (you’re welcome from 7:15pm).

Remember the IGI, on microfiche? Remember the 1881 census, on CDs?

The LDS Church has been involved in genealogy for a long time and in this presentation we will look at their current (and free!) offerings on “FamilySearch.com” – the data available, the reference material, and the Research Wiki.  We will also show you the very new self-training materials for the worldwide Family Tree.

Non-members of OFHS are very welcome to come to the meeting!

For those members who can’t attend, we hope to put a summary of the talk in the Members Own Area in due course.  https://moa.ofhs.org.uk/

Apr 302019
 

On Monday, 20 May, Mark Lawrence will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Picture Oxon

Oxfordshire History Centre’s photographic archive traces its origins to the Oxford City Library of the 1890s in St Aldate’s. The archive rapidly expanded through the 20th century acquisitions of Taunt, Packer and Thomas collections, affording substantial coverage of our region, from Cotswolds to Chilterns and right through the Thames Valley. Gaining its first online presence via the Heritage Search website in 2007, our photographic archive now looks to Picture Oxon to provide a catalogue of 400,000 images of local people, places and buildings. Picture Oxon’s resources include not only photographs, but engravings, drawings and maps too. Our work of saving, collecting and recording photographic imagery of the county never stops, and the enthusiasm and effort of volunteers helps us to extend public access through the scanning and cataloguing of otherwise untapped collections. In future we look forward to more public involvement in our work, with sharing of content, effort and expertise, all directed towards a more effective capturing of our pictorial past and present.

Mark Lawrence is joint Manager of Oxfordshire History Centre, Oxfordshire County Council’s public archive and local history library. He has been a local studies librarian for over 30 years, starting his career in Barnstaple in the 1980s, with Devon County Council, working to improve access to local and family history resources for the previously isolated districts of North Devon and Torridge. Moving to Oxford in 1992, he supported the growth and development of the Centre for Oxfordshire Studies at Westgate, catering for up to 30,000 annual visitors at its peak. Restructuring in 2011 saw that service move from Westgate to Cowley, merging with the county record office, to form Oxfordshire History Centre, where the management of the photographic archive and the development of digital resources are two of his key concerns. Mark’s first brush with local history was as a schoolboy commuter into Bristol city cente, sparking off a long-term interest in photographic recording of the built environment. He vows he has at last transferred his allegiance and interest to Oxfordshire, but the family history ties to Bristol and Gloucestershire still run deep.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available. Non-members are very welcome, though we have a charge of £2 as an entrance fee for them to contribute towards the hire of the hall and the costs of speakers.

A summary of most talks will appear after an interval in the Members’ Only Area of the OFHS website. Summaries of previous talks are also available in the same place.

Mar 262019
 

On Monday, 29 April, Michael Gandy will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Name Lists of the 17th and 18th centuries

From Jury lists through Tithes to Oaths of Loyalty, most of our ancestors appear time and time again on governement and local lists. This talk explains many possibilities for researchers.

Michael Gandy has been tracing his ancestors since 1962. He is a Fellow and former Chairman of the Society of Genealogists and over the years has been on the committees of a great number of Family History Societies, especially those relating to London and non-Conformists, including Catholics, Huguenots and Quakers.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available. Non-members are very welcome, though we have a charge of £2 as an entrance fee for them to contribute towards the hire of the hall and the costs of speakers.

Mar 252019
 

On Monday, 1 April 2019, Malcolm Austen will talk to Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) and visitors on Apps for Family Historians, at the Exeter Hall, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, at 7:30pm (you’re welcome from 7:15pm).

Malcolm says that his talk is about ancillary Apps that Family Historians will (may) find useful during research trips. There will be a bias towards Apps that can be run on (and synchronized between) smart phones and desktops or laptops.

Non-members of OFHS are very welcome to come to the meeting!

For those who can’t attend, we hope to have a summary of the talk put in the Members Own Area in due course.  https://moa.ofhs.org.uk/

 

Feb 262019
 

On Monday, 25 March, Mark Davies will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

An unexpected discovery of Indian ancestry in Oxfordshire (via Ireland)

Mark’s Indian heritage came as a complete surprise, realised only because of the totally unexpected revelation in the 1881 census that a great grandfather had been born in Calcutta. This in turn led to the discovery of an Oxfordshire heritage of considerable antiquity and a somewhat bizarre coincidence of Indian/Irish ancestral landownership in Oxford. He will discuss Some Dos and Don’ts of Indian ancestral research (via Ireland and Oxfordshire) and how to take the first research steps in dealing with Ancestors in India. 

Mark Davies is an Oxford local historian, author, and guide with a particular knowledge of the history and literature of the city’s waterways, including the Oxford realities which underlie Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’. This interest stems from having lived on a canalboat in central Oxford since 1992. A biography of the Oxford pastry cook and first English aeronaut James Sadler – from a family with very long Oxford associations – is the most recent addition to his range of local publications.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available. Non-members are very welcome, though we have a charge of £2 as an entrance fee for them to contribute towards the hire of the hall and the costs of speakers.

Feb 012019
 

On Monday, 4 February 2019, Alan Simpson will talk to Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) and visitors on Photographing and Transcribing Old Books, at the Exeter Hall, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, at 7:30pm (you’re welcome earlier!).

Alan has been photographing various books both for OFHS and his own family use, since first getting a digital camera around the year 2001. During the course of this he has come up with a number of techniques for making the job easier. In his talk he will be describing these and illustrating the results from an assortment of books ranging from an amazingly neat copy book written in 1860 by his then 13 year old step great grandfather to the amazingly untidy collected notes of a mid 19th century vicar of Forest Hill.

Alan is very involved with OFHS, from being Monumental Inscriptions Co-ordinator, to carrying out searches in the OFHS databases for clients, to being lead on the computer group panel.

Non-members of OFHS are very welcome to come to the meeting!

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