May 022017

Our DNA Competition runs until 15th June. The good news is that I have been able to upgrade the tests to Y-67 – worth over £215 each, so not only a wonderful prize, but also more accurate than a Y-37 test. You do not need to be a member of OFHS to enter.

If you are a male with strong Oxfordshire ancestry on your pure male line (father’s father’s father’s… – your surname line)  or a woman who can persuade a brother/male cousin/father to take the test, then please enter our competition.

Write a few paragraph’s on your Oxfordshire ancestry on your male line; describe why a test would be useful to you and provide all your contact details. Send to


Mar 272017

Look here to see the current state of the Oxfordshire Surname Project.

OFHS has started a new Oxfordshire surnames research project, examining surnames recorded in Oxfordshire parish registers from 1538 onwards, currently estimated at up to 20,000 key variants. The team is also using many other early recorded sources to build a comprehensive database of Oxfordshire surnames.  The aim is to trace their whereabouts in different parishes over time, their origins, hotspots, DNA connections and many other facets of Oxfordshire surnames. The project will take about 2 years to complete.

The project team is appealing for help in a number of ways:

– Those who have a good recorded family history in Oxfordshire or who manage a one-name study would be welcome to contact the team with a brief description and their contact details, so that when their surname is analysed they may be able to participate in submitting content for that name. All significant contributors will be acknowledged.

– People who have been DNA tested and are not yet part of the Oxfordshire DNA project on FamilyTreeDNA are welcome to join the project at The team also welcomes help with publicity to encourage more people with good Oxfordshire ancestry to be DNA tested. As an incentive, Oxfordshire Family History Society has donated the cost of six Y-37 tests to be won in a competition. Any male (or female who could persuade a male relative to take the test) is eligible. We are looking for the six best candidates with good Oxfordshire surname history on the pure  male line (father’s father’s father…) going back before 1870 and with good personal reasons to think a DNA test will be valuable. All that is required is an email describing your known Oxfordshire male line ancestry, why you think a DNA test would be valuable and full contact details. Full Ts & Cs can be obtained on application. The closing date is the 15th June 2017. If you know of a friend, relative or neighbour who might be a good candidate, then do tell them about this competition. Please mark any emails for the competition with a title of ‘DNA Competition’.

– If you are keen to help, there are a number of pan-Oxfordshire resources the team needs help in transcribing. Please get in touch if you are able to help. Many can be done remotely without being located in Oxfordshire. If you possess electronic versions of any early documents listing Oxfordshire names (for which you have obtained the original author or publisher’s permission for use), please contact the team.

If you have any queries, please contact Sue Honore via

Feb 092017

The following interests were added to OXSIL, the Oxfordshire Surname Interest List, in January.

Search at to see links to the researchers.

If your interests aren’t on OXSIL, do use the add surnames tab!

Surname Timeframe Place Researcher
ABERY c.1650 Goring Maurice Wilkins
AUGER Any Great Milton Catherine Smith
BALLARD Any Great Milton Catherine Smith
BATCHELOR 1500-1700 Banbury area David Judd
BELCHER <1750 West Hanney Barbara Cox
BOOKER 18c Denchworth Barbara Cox
BROOKER >1600 Brightwell cum Sotwell, Chilton, Richard Grimsdale-Yates
BURROWS 18c & 19c Clanfield and surrounding area Maria Haines
CARTER 18c Sunningwell Barbara Cox
CHAPMAN Any Faringdon, Oxford, Headington Sandy Mursell
CHURCH 17c Lyford area Barbara Cox
CLARK Any Coleshill Kevin Harris
COLEMAN >1850 Faringdon Grace Abrahams
COLSELL 1740-1840 Crowell John Coshall
COLSHILL 1740-1849 Crowell John Coshall
COLSIL 1740-1840 Crowell John Coshall
COSHALL 1740-1943 Crowell, Oxford John Coshall
COX 1500-1750 Wheatley Robert Cox
COX <1800 Abingdon,Culham,Wheatley Barbara Cox
DAGLEY 17c Marston Barbara Cox
DANDRIDGE Any Stadhampton Catherine Smith
DEW <1700 West Hanney Barbara Cox
DORE Any Abingdon Sandy Mursell
DUNCOMBE Any Oxford Lynne Winger
FOWLER Any Stonesfield Grace Abrahams
GEERING 18c Lyford Barbara Cox
HAYES 1800 St Ebbes St Thomas Oxford Paul Hayes
HAYNES 17c Ashbury Barbara Cox
HEDGES 18c Clanfield, Witney Maria Haines
HESTER Any Watlington Magdalene Capstick
HORTON c.1814 St.Ebbe’s Oxford Carole Ford
HUTCHINS <1660 Hanney area Barbara Cox
HUTTON 18c Bampton Barbara Cox
ILES Any Coleshill Kevin Harris
IRVING Any Russell’s Water, Henley on Thames, Pishill, Northend, Assendon Maurice Irwin
IRWIN Any Russell’s Water, Henley on Thames, Pishill, Northend, Assendon Maurice Irwin
JOHNSON Any Standlake Sandy Mursell
LAMBETH 17c Ashbury area Barbara Cox
MARTIN 1800 Eynsham Carole Price
MURREY >1700 Wroxton, Hornton, Horley, Deddington Cliff Morrey
NASH 17c Shrivenham Barbara Cox
PARGITER <1750 Tadmarton, North Newington Judy Evans
POCOCK 17c & 18c Watlington, Thatcham Rose Bennett
ROGERS 18c Cumnor Barbara Cox
SELLWOOD <1700 Eaton, Appleton Barbara Cox
SILVESTER Any Sunningwell Barbara Cox
SIMPSON 18c Abingdon Barbara Cox
SIMS <1750 Marston Barbara Cox
SMITH 1800 Eynsham Carole Price
SMITH <1850 Botley, Swinford, Shillingford Patricia Pond
SNOOK >1800 Any Frank H MUIRHEAD
STEPTOE <1700 Tackley Barbara Cox
STRANGE <1700 Charney Bassett Barbara Cox
SWAINE <1660 Marcham Barbara Cox
TAYLOR <1800 Burford Julie TAYLOR
THEOBALD Any Coleshill, East Hendred Kevin Harris
THEOBALDS Any Coleshill, East Hendred Kevin Harris
TOWNSEND 18c Ashbury Barbara Cox
VOKINS 17c Ashbury Barbara Cox
WATTS 17c Marcham Barbara Cox
WEBB <1700 Burcott area Barbara Cox
WICKS Any Vale of White Horse Barbara Cox
WILLIAMS Any Oxford Lynne Winger
WILLIAMS <1850 Abingdon Barbara Cox
WILLS 1782 Wantage, Berkshire Sandra Lewis
WILSON Any Culham, Shrivenham Sandy Mursell
WOODBRIDGE 17c Charney Bassett area Barbara Cox
WOODINGTON 1550-1900 Any Maria Haines
WOODLEY 17c Hanney area Barbara Cox

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