Jun 112020
 

At the OFHS Executive meeting on the 3 June the decision was taken to not hold our annual Fair this year due to the uncertainties over Covid-19.  This decision was made with much sadness, particularly as we had already done quite a lot of work on the Fair (booking the venue, catering and tables and inviting stallholders).

There is the logistical problem of providing social distancing measures and restricting the number of people in the venue at any one time.  Equally for OFHS there is the problem of providing all the help that we have in the past.  As many of our volunteers are potentially in the vulnerable groups it would be very difficult to provide the search services etc. that many of our visitors to the Fair use.

We intend to hold the Fair next year, on 2 October, and will start our organising at the beginning of January 2021.

Feb 272020
 

Having had a successful day at The Family History Show in Bristol OFHS will next be attending Family Tree Live. This is the second year of this event which we thought was very successful last year.

OFHS will be selling our CD’s of Parish Records and Monumental Inscriptions together with the full range of Black Sheep books. Included in the Monumental Inscriptions are three new releases, Great Milton, Bampton and North Leigh. We will also be providing a search service to help look for that elusive Oxfordshire ancestor.

https://www.family-tree.co.uk/information/family-tree-live

Feb 012019
 

OFHS is now able to take payment via PayPal. This secure system is very useful for many purposes: including joining OFHS or renewing your subscription or purchasing the latest three Memorial Inscriptions CDs (for Sandford, Littlemore, and Wroxton). Many people use PayPal to pay for a wide variety of services elsewhere and can now make these payments easily to Oxfordshire Family History Society.

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

Jul 242017
 

In today’s Oxford Mail, news that Colin Harris, one of our Vice-Presidents, has been awarded an Honorary Master of Arts degree by Oxford University, in recognition of his 50 years of “continuous and exemplary service to the Bodleian.”

The university said: “The outstanding feature of his career has been his truly dedicated service to all types of library reader – from senior academics to masters’ students, professional writers to amateur historians – whom he has advised with expertise and unfailing patience.”

Currently, Colin is Superintendent of the Special Collections Reading Rooms.

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15425128.An_honour_richly_deserved__Bodleian_Library_Superintendent_rewarded_with_degree_for_half_a_century_of_service/

Congratulations, Colin, from Oxfordshire FHS!

 

Feb 152015
 

Following the earlier post about Linda, our Treasurer, a few words about her.

Linda served as our Treasurer for nearly 25 years, competently & quietly efficiently. For a few years before that, she was Programme Secretary.  Current and previous committee members were all fond of Linda, and held her in respect. Howard Fuller, a former committee member, has said words we all echo – “Linda will be greatly missed. She was such a nice person and a very effective Treasurer.”

So true!

We understand that Linda’s funeral is to be held in early March, but that only family will be invited.

Our condolences go to her family and to her partner, Mario.

Wendy (Chairman, OFHS)

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