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.

Aug 162018
 

If you are thinking about a DNA test, then buy one from FamilyTreeDNA at www.familytreedna.com in August as there is a sale on most items. For males testing their surname line, a Y-37 test is down from $169 to $149. For males and females the autosomal (FamilyFinder) test is down from $79 to $59 and other tests are also on sale. If you already have a test with the company, then upgrades are cheaper in the sale too. It is well worth buying now. We recommend males with Y-37 upgrade to Y-67 or Y-111. The sale ends on 31st August.

If you have a long Oxfordshire family history (before 1875) then go to the Oxfordshire DNA project at www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire and ‘join’ the project and buy a test at the same time.

 

dna@ofhs.org.uk

 

 

Jun 052018
 

Help our research and get a discount!

FamilyTreeDNA have a sale on until 18th June 2018 on DNA tests for males (Y-DNA) tracing the surname line (your father’s father’s father’s family).

Here at the Oxfordshire surname project we need many more males tested to help us trace all the surname lines in the county. If you are male with your male line existing in Oxfordshire before 1875 please consider buying a DNA test this month.

The Y-DNA 37 test (starter level) is down to about £97 (down from $169 to $129). The even better Y-67 test is down to about £164 from well over £200. If you qualify with your male line Oxfordshire ancestry go to:

www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire , click on the join button and buy a Y-37 or Y-67 test – that means you will join the Oxfordshire project and buy a test at the same time – so helping our research.

Any queries to dna@ofhs.org.uk

There are over 1500 surnames we want but some of them are: Absolon, Acott, Akers, Allnutt, Allom, Ambrose, Ashby, Attewell, Ayris, Banbury, Barefoot, Bartlett, Baston, Beale, Beckinsale, Beesley, Betteridge, Billington, Bitmead, Bloxham, Bowles, Buckingham, Chaundy, Cherrill, Clinch, Coggins, Coppock, Costiff, Couldrey,  Couling, Coxeter, Dore, Drinkwater, Druce, Dumbleton, Dunsdon, Edgeworth, Edgington, Eeles, Eltom, Ferriman, Flexney, Gardner, Gillett, Goodgame, Hambidge, Harris, Hedges, Hirons, Hitchman, Hone(y), Howse, Ilot, Jakeman, Kearse, Kench, Kite, Lamprey, Lanchbury, Luckett, Maisey, Margetts, Merry, Messenger, Millin, Moberley, Munday, Neighbour, Orpwood, Padbury, Pether, Phipps, Plester, Pratley, Puddle, Quarterman, Radband, Rowles, Rymill, Scarsbrook, Seary, Shayler, Shelswell, Shury, Silman, Slaymaker, Souch, Steptoe, Templar, Thornett, Tidmarsh, Toovey, Townsend, Tredwell, Trinder, Tuckwell, Upstone, Vasey, Viner, Waine, Wastie, Wenman, Wheeler, Whitehorn, Wiblin, Widdows, Wiggins, Wilsdon, Windows, Wing, Witney, Wixon, Yates, Young.

[There are many spelling variants of all these names.]

 

Feb 092018
 

Familytree DNA is having a sale which will end at midnight on 14th February 2018 for the autosomal DNA test (can be taken by both men and women and will show you cousins going back to common ancestors about 5-6 generations ago). It a basic first step into DNA testing.

Sale price is $59 – down from $89. Please note postage to and from the US is extra.

If you have Oxfordshire ancestors going back before 1875, please order the test through the Oxfordshire DNA project which is at:

www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire . Click on the join button and follow instructions to order a test.

If you need help on understanding which kits are best for you and how to join/help the Oxfordshire DNA group with its DNA research, please email dna@ofhs.org.uk.

Nov 142017
 

FamilyTree DNA have announced a DNA sale for Christmas. Do order your DNA kit(s) in this sale as it will be worth it. A perfect Christmas present for a relative. The Y-DNA tests have about a £30 discount and it is even cheaper if your order through the Oxfordshire project. If you need help on understanding which kits are best for you and how to join/help the Oxfordshire DNA group with its DNA research, plese email dna@ofhs.org.uk.  Prices are below. Please note postage is extra.

 

Individual Tests Sale price Regular price
Family Finder (FF) $59 $89
mtFull Sequence (FMS) $169 $199
Y-37 $129 $169
Y-67 $229 $268
Y-111 $299 $359
Test Bundles Sale price Regular price
Family Finder + Y-37 $178 $238
Family Finder + Y-67 $278 $337
FF + mtFull Sequence $218 $268
FF + Y-67 + mtFull Sequence $442 $536
Upgrades Sale price Regular price
mt/mtPlus to FMS $119 $159
Big Y $475 $575
Y-12 to Y-37 $69 $109
Y-25 to Y-37 $35 $59
Y-37 to Y-67 $79 $109
Y-37 to Y-111 $168 $228
Y-67 to Y-111 $99 $129

 

 

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

 

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 dna@ofhs.org.uk

 

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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