Feb 212020
 

On Monday, 23 March, Simon Wenham will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Sculls, skiffs and steamers: the history of Salter’s Steamers

Salter’s Steamers (founded in Oxford in 1858 and known for much of itsexistence as Salter Bros Ltd) did more to popularise pleasure boating on the non-tidal river than any other Thames business. This talk traces the development of the firm and how it grew from a leading racing-boat constructor in Wandsworth to become one of the largest inland boat-builders and passenger boat operators in the country. It also describes many of the famous names associated with the business, including Lewis Carroll, William Morris, Edward VII, Jerome K. Jerome, T. E. Lawrence and C. S. Lewis.

Dr Simon Wenham is a member of the part-time tutor panel of Oxford University’s Continuing Education Department, where he focuses mainly on Victorian history.

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.

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 042020
 

On Monday, 24 February, Simon Townley will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Wychwood Forest and Area: Landscape and People 1000-1900

Based on recent VCH work, this talk will look at the ancient royal forest of Wychwood (concentrated between Charlbury and Fulbrook) and its importance for surrounding villages. Exploited by the Crown for timber, underwood, and as a deer preserve, it also provided local employment and a shared communal resource, until its clearance and enclosure in the 1850s turned most of it into private farmland. The talk should provide important context for anyone with ancestors in the area, particularly in forest-edge villages such as Leafield.

Simon Townley joined the Oxfordshire VCH in 1987 and has been County Editor since 1996. So far he has contributed to eight volumes in the series, six of them as editor, and is involved in several county societies including the Oxfordshire Record Society, the Oxfordshire Buildings Record, and the Oxfordshire Local History Association.

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.

Jan 282020
 

On Monday, 3 February 2020, the Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) meeting will be a Members’ Bring & Tell Evening, led by 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).

Kevin Poile's grandfather's school certificate, aged 7
Kevin Poile’s grandfather’s school certificate, aged 7

Kevin says:

For this Bring & Tell Evening we are turning the tables and we want the audience to do the bulk of the talking. To do this we want members to come along and be prepared to tell us about something that they have found out relating to their family history, if there are photographs or objects involved all the better. Here are some ideas:

a. Found out something unexpected.

b. A family story they have proved to be correct or wrong.

c. Information found using an unusual source.

d. Something funny that has been added as a foot note to a record e.g. Notes added to Parish Registers.

I have various stories in my own family, one that still persists despite the evidence to the contrary is the story of my paternal grandfather who according to the family was discharged from the Royal Flying Corps during WWI because his first wife died and they had 6 children. However, his service record shows he joined the RAF after she died and he sent the children to live with his brothers.

The image is of one of my Grand-father’s school certificates which links him to part of my wife’s extended family and shows that testing of school children is nothing new (he was 7 at the time he received this certificate).

All we ask is that it not involve living people.

We hope to have the technology to project photographs etc. onto the wall without the need to scan them first.

We don’t expect anybody to put a slide show on just talk for about 5 to 10 minutes, either from where they are sitting or up front (your choice).

Hopefully if you have read my article about my family forest in the December Journal this will have given you some inspiration.

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/

Jan 282020
 

The first event OFHS will be attending this year is The Family History Show, South West which is being held on the 8 February at the University Of West England Conference Centre in Bristol, 10am to 4.30pm. A free shuttle bus service will be provided from the Parkway Railway Station.

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://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/south-west/

Jan 122020
 

The following surnames were added to the OXfordshire Surname Interest List in December: –

SurnameTimePlaceResearcher
CHERRYAnyThameCate Helyar
EELES<1850LeafieldHarvey Warner
GEMOTTE16cShiplakeAllan Jemmett
HARRIS<1750Chipping Norton, Long ComptonAnne Seeley
HOLLIER<1830Hempton, Deddington, Barford St MichaelAnne Seeley
JEMMETT16cShiplakeAllan Jemmett
JEMMOTT16cShiplakeAllan Jemmett
LAYAnyFreeland, Long Hanborough, Church Hanborough, North LeighGraham Lay
PARSONS<1750DeddingtonAnne Seeley
PREEDY<1800SwalcliffeAnne Seeley
TAYLOR<1800SwalcliffeAnne Seeley

You’ll find the most up-to-date list of recently-added surname interests here.

Jan 072020
 

We wanted to let your group know about the 2nd annual A Winter of DNA eConference coming up on Saturday, 25 January 2020. The eConference last year was very successful and had great attendance.

Speakers will be talking about the following:

Louis Kessler – Using Double Matching to Build Triangulation Groups from Segment Matches

Jonny Perl – Chromosome Mapping for Absolute Beginners

Devon Noel Lee – Exploring the Advantages and Disadvantages of Ancestry ThruLines

Paul Woodbury – Anchoring Analysis with Multiple Types of DNA Evidence

The online sessions will begin at 9am Central Time on Saturday, 25 January 2020. Some answers to common questions that people have asked us:

1. Yes, the sessions are live. These are not pre-recorded, so if you have questions, then please ask them in the chat during any of the sessions and we’ll get them answered.

2. Yes there are door prizes. We have DNA kits donated from several companies as well as other prizes. 

3. No, you don’t have to be watching the live presentations to win (although we hope you do), everyone who is registered will be eligible to win the DNA kits.

4. Yes, recordings of the sessions will be available for 30 days after the eConference so even if you can’t make the live session, register so that you can watch the recordings.

5. Yes we use our webcams. You don’t have to watch slides all the time. You also get to see people.

6. Yes, this event is open to anyone who wants to register.  No need to travel or even change out of your pajamas if you don’t want to.

As with past events there will be a 5th hour panel discussion where you can ask questions about any of the topics or even anything else related to DNA and genetic genealogy. Early bird registration is only $19.99 until January 17th. Regular registration price is $24.99. Learn more at the website (https://www.familyhistoryfanatics.com/winterdna) and register today.

Thanks,

Andrew & Devon Noel Lee

Family History Fanatics

Humble, TX | 346-704-1433

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Dec 072019
 

This recently published CD of Monumental Inscriptions in Great Milton covers 708 separate monuments recorded by the project team. Pictured above is the CD case insert, plus a photograph of the oldest stone found, photographed and transcribed, that of
Thomas GREENEINGE, died 3 August 1639

The CD contains photographs of all the monuments, and transcriptions thereof, plus a name index and a clickable plan of the churchyard.

The CD, OXF-MI-GMI, is available, at £6 including postage, from the Society through our shopping cart at
https://www.ofhs.org.uk/CDsales.html#mis

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