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


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

Jun 132016

This years Wiltshire FHS Open Day will be held at Steam, Museum of the Great Western Railway, in Swindon.  Oxfordshire FHS will be attending providing you with the opportunity to purchase CD’s of our parish records and Monumental Inscriptions.  We will also have a range of books for sale.  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.


Nov 112014

Oxfordshire FHS volunteers are helping at this Europeana event – in Somerville College, Oxford.SomervilleEuropeana

On Saturday November 15th 2014 Somerville College will be holding a Great War Roadshow where we are asking people to bring in in any World War One memorabilia, photos, letters, postcards etc for a major community archiving and digitisation project. We will have WW1 experts on hand to talk to you about your items and we will scan, photograph or record your items and stories to upload to an international archive called Europeana 1914-18 www.europeana1914-1918.eu/en . Europeana 1914-19 will preserve the digitised items for posterity and make them available online so that future generations of researchers (professional, academic and amateur
family historians) will have access to the vast range of material that currently resides in people’s cupboards, attics and desk drawers!

We have teams of experts and volunteers lined up for the day but what we need now is your contributions! Do come along and meet the team and bring along your items and stories from World War One. There will also be an exhibition of Somerville in the Great War, Vera Brittain and Testament of Youth and stands from local, military & family history associations.

The team say: We look forward to seeing you there! It would be helpful to us if you could contact Alex on communications@some.ox.ac.uk to make an appointment but you are also welcome to turn up on the day.

Nov 112014

  WantageEuropeana2014Alex&AngieOxfordshire Family History Society members (in photo: Angie Trueman and Alex McGahey) attended the Europeana collection day at Wantage on 26 October.

Some items were brought by the public to be photographed or scanned, and in some cases members of the public had reminiscences they were happy to have recorded.

Malcolm Austen scanned artefacts with a FlipPal, whereby small sections can be scanned, and then the whole stitched together.  Here a four foot long photo of staff at Graylingwell War Hospital, Chichester, is being scanned, and also a WWI discharge certificate.

Stories of the adventures of the day from the volunteers will be in our April journal, and the Europeana project is at www.europeana1914-1918.eu/en

Theese photos are from https://twitter.com/WantageBetjeman ; there are more at http://www.wantagebetjeman.com/photo-galleries/nggallery/2014/ww1-roadshow





Oct 202014

Wantage WW1 roadshowOFHS volunteers will be helping with the collection at this event in Wantage.  The concept of the Europeana project is that, across Europe, collection events are being held at which visitors bring World War I memorabilia – photographs, letters, diaries etc.  These are scanned or photographed, and a “virtual museum” is growing on the web at www.europeana1914-1918.eu/en

The publicity says:

“Do you have a box hidden deep in the attic, or under the bed, that holds your great grandfather’s war diary? Maybe a letter from the front line? A photo taken at the time? Or a recording? Is there a special story behind it?

Then show us!

We want to save this material and share it on the internet so everyone has a better understanding of what the war meant to ordinary families in Wantage and Oxfordshire.

Bring your items to our WW1 roadshow at The Beacon, Wantage, on Sunday, October 26, 10am – 4pm. Experts will be on hand to digitise your material and add your details to the online archive Europeana 1914-1918. Project staff will also be available to record your oral stories.

The Europeana 1914-18 archive will provide some answers, preserve generations of stories and bring people closer to those who witnessed the war at first hand.”

More detail is in an article by the Oxford Mail at www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/11543142.Wantage_residents_will_have_their_war_relations__diaries_preserved_online/

To complement the event, we will have an advisor with our parish registers and county-wide databases on computer at The Beacon too.



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