Oxfordshire Surname Project


DNA Project FAQ — — — Surname project FAQ

The Oxfordshire surname project aims to build a comprehensive database of Oxfordshire surnames, tracing 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 is progressing well. We are working on a priority list of the top 400 names in Oxfordshire and starting to document them individually. We are also busy transcribing a number of older sources of surnames in the county and have an active team of transcribers working hard in 2018.

Our key needs for this year are:

  • More males with Oxfordshire surnames to have a Y-DNA test
  • More transcribers

DNA testing

  • We are keen to have more males who have Oxfordshire ancestry before 1875 on their pure male (father’s father’s father’s….) line to come forward and have a Y-37 or even better a Y-67 DNA test.
  • People who have been DNA tested and are not yet part of the Oxfordshire DNA project on FamilyTreeDNA are welcome to join the project.
  • The team also welcomes help with publicity to encourage more people with good Oxfordshire ancestry to be DNA tested, so do contact your neighbours/friends and try to persuade them to be tested.

Contact the DNA team at dna@ofhs.org.uk to discuss your family history and to see if you are eligible to join the Oxfordshire DNA project www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire


If you are keen to help, there are a number of pan-Oxfordshire resources the team needs help in transcribing. 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), or want to help transcribe, please contact the surname team at surname-project@ofhs.org.uk

Family Histories

Those who have a good recorded family history in Oxfordshire or who manage a one-name study would be welcome to contact the surname 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.

If you have any queries, please contact Sue Honore via surname-project@ofhs.org.uk

See also the original launch post and the follow-up comments.

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