Oct 052018
 

Today we start to put together the layout for the OFHS Fair. The time has flown by- electrical leads, covers and over 87 tables have been booked. Banners, posters and masses of other items are packed and ready for the set up today. Maps have been prepared for the event so all can find their way around. The catering is booked, the parking is organised people are assembling to pull together all the elements of the Fair. Since last year, a brand new floor in the main hall has been installed and we all understand that no high heels are to be on it at all. The power cables have been checked to see they are good to go, the books are packed in their boxes, the CD’s double-checked, and almost all last minutes queries answered. Saturday is so nearly here and I still have not discovered all that is on offer at the Fair, but here are a few more tasters.

The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) is the professional organisation promoting high professional standards in the field of genealogy and historical research in England and Wales. AGRA is also prominent as a representative voice in matters relating to genealogy. Talking to someone on the stall at the Fair in Woodstock will cost nothing and might make a difference to your research.
Chipping Norton Museum are also hosting a stall. Apart from the artefacts in the Museum, they have an interesting reference collection for the area- well worth talking to them if your family lived in that area.

The East of London Family History Society is now a registered charity with over 1,800 members worldwide, the Society has no central offices, telephones or paid staff, and volunteer members provide all their help. I am sure that whether you are new to studying family history or a seasoned genealogist you will find something to interest you. Their geographic area of interest is that part of Greater London, north of the Thames and east of the old City of London gates of Aldgate & Bishopsgate. Then eastwards through the modern day London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Barking and Dagenham through Redbridge to the edge of Metropolitan Essex at Havering. Such a central area housed many families- perhaps your history may have links there? Do go and see what they have to offer.

The Census Detectives have a very straightforward approach to searching for a missing person. Start with the first bit of knowledge and then work through all the difficulties. However, you will need to know that you have to book a slot on the day, and then remember to arrive promptly. Like many of the stands at the Fair, they are very popular so if in need of their help, do go there first. http://www.sog.org.uk/learn/census-detectives/

Finally- remember to bring some notes about your family history so you can make best use of all the help available.
Come and enjoy all there is on offer.

Jul 192017
 

Thank you to everyone who entered the DNA competition to celebrate the launch of the Oxfordshire surname project. We had 74 valid entries and a fantastic shortlist of 27, which made judging the competition a real challenge, despite having a thorough analysis template which evaluated many key factors and rated the entries scientifically.

Our congratulations go to the following six men who have won a Y-67 test in the competition: Peter Bartlett, Joe Bleay, Stan Bloxham, Roger Millin, Graham Orpwood and Chris Shayler.

As there were so many high quality entries with some fantastic Oxfordshire surnames, OFHS, Sue Honore and Richard Merry clubbed together to sponsor a discount on Y-DNA tests for 6 other men randomly drawn from the remaining shortlisted candidates. The winners of the discounts are: Andy Beesley, Warwick Cox, Kerry Drinkwater, Bill Joyner, John Tredwell and Gary Wiggins.

Our winners come from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US, so the competition had clear international appeal and participation.

All competition entrants are in the process of being contacted personally.

More detailed updates on the DNA and surname projects will appear on the OFHS website www.ofhs.org.uk and in the OFHS journal over time.

We would like to encourage all those who did not win a prize or who have not considered DNA testing, especially males with a long Oxfordshire history on their surname line, to go ahead and have a DNA test. It will help the Oxfordshire research projects enormously. Further information on the Oxfordshire DNA project can be obtained from emailing dna@ofhs.org.uk

Once again, thank you to all entrants and congratulations to the winners.

 

Richard Merry & Sue Honore

Co-administrators of Oxfordshire DNA Project

& Oxfordshire Surname Project

 

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 www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire. 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 surname-project@ofhs.org.uk

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