Nov 082019
 

There is a big sale at FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA) up until 28th November 2019. If you have Oxfordshire ancestry and want to help us with our Oxfordshire DNA/Surname project or have a relative with Oxfordshire ancestry who would value a Christmas present of a DNA test – especially males who take a Y-DNA test for their surname line, then do buy one.

There are lots of price deductions, so look at the website for details but of particular note is that the Y-67 test is temporarily suspended as the Y-111 test is being offered at Y-67 prices – for all those who want a good Y-test at a bargain price.

If you have already been DNA tested with FTDNA then upgrades to your existing tests are also available in the sale.

We welcome all people with Oxfordshire ancestry prior to 1875 in our Oxfordshire group, especially males who test their Oxfordshire surname line. When you have bought a test, if you don’t know how to join our Oxfordshire project, then get in touch via dna@ofhs.org.uk

See OFHS surname and DNA project for details on the actual research.

Aug 132019
 

There is a sale on from today (13th August 2019) until 31st August on Y-DNA. Prices are: Y-37 is down from $169 to $129;  Y67 is down from $268 to $199;  Y-111 is down from $359 to $299.

Go to www.familytreedna.com to buy.

Y-DNA is for males only. If your pure male surname line comes from Oxfordshire prior to 1875, then please go to www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire which is our Oxfordshire DNA project, click on Join and then buy a test from there so that you become part of our Oxfordshire research project – help us understand Oxfordshire surnames and get support from Oxfordshire experts on your DNA.

Jun 282019
 

Save On Family Finder & Y-DNA

If you are a member of the Oxfordshire DNA project at www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire you can save for the next 3 days.

Group Project Members can save on Family Finder and Y-DNA when they use one of the promo codes below! Codes will expire on June 30th.

Promo Codes:

  • $20 off Family Finder when you use code PROJECTSFF
  • $40 off Y-37 when you use code PROJECTSY37
  • $49 off Y-67 when you use code PROJECTSY67
  • $60 off Y-111 when you use code PROJECTSY111
  • $150 off Big Y-700 when you use code PROJECTSBIGY
Jun 262019
 

Where are we going?

The Oxfordshire DNA Project aims to collect detailed DNA information for people who can document a significant association (interaction with the gene pool) with this English county.  The county is not an island so for many there will also be interest within neighbouring counties.  We are particularly interested in Y-DNA because of its association with surnames, but also have interest in female-line mtDNA and autosomal (Family Finder) DNA.  Advanced matching with autosomal DNA can be used by to look for DNA ‘cousins’ among the group project members. To be able to reach valid conclusions about the genetic/genealogical makeup of the county, a much larger sample of members is needed but, like most group projects, the Oxfordshire one is growing slowly but steadily.

Your project administrators have sought to build on its Y-DNA data and its association with surnames by working with the Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) to establish in parallel an Oxfordshire Surname Project.  About 1500 surnames have been listed, though we find that a proportion of these should probably not be considered ‘Oxfordshire’.  A shorter list of about 340 surnames has been selected which show a distinct association with the county.  Through OFHS, about 450 people have shared information about their family trees which will support the compilation of material related to the surnames of interest.  A group of enthusiasts are trawling through Oxfordshire sources for records of surnames.   OFHS has also indexed parish registers that enables locating surnames in specific parishes over the period 1538 to 1899. The initial output from this activity is expected to include a publication (book) describing the history of a sub-set of selected surnames with commentary relating to DNA, if available.  As there will be too many surnames case studies for a single book, further surname studies are expected to be available on-line through the OFHS website.  The surname project entails a large amount of work and its results will take a little while to be productive.

How are we selecting our initial list of about 300 surnames? What is an Oxfordshire surname? Are early records biased towards those who have fame and status, something that DNA might be independent from?  With rare surnames it is relatively easy to decide if they are historically associated with the county and the parish records will show if it was present in the county before 1600. This is one end of a range the other end of which would be very common names, like Smith or Green, but we can look for early records of the name and whether the surname is over-represented in the county in more recent records, such as the 1881 census.  We hope initially to cover a range of rare through to common surnames.  Many families move location over time and may have appeared at some stage in Oxfordshire and thrived there. Others may have branches that left the county and thrived elsewhere in the world, hopefully not dying out in its original location.  There are many small, but important, things to consider.

What are we asking of the Oxfordshire DNA and Surname project members?  There could be many things, but first we’d ask you to hang in there because we hope that we can start to draw on DNA and surname information that should be of use to you.  If you have a detailed family tree, consider sharing it with the surname project if you are asked.  If you know of other males with an Oxfordshire heritage, ask them to consider taking a Y-DNA test and joining the DNA project. 

Richard Merry

dna@ofhs.org.uk

Apr 232019
 

FamilyTreeDNA has another sale on for a few more days. If you are keen to get a DNA test, it is a good week. The male DNA tests are especially good value and if you want to upgrade to the ultimate Y-700 test, it would be worthwhile doing it this week.

Y-37 (males only) is $129 down from $169.

Y-67 (males only) is $199 down from $268 (we recommend this test for males with Oxfordshire ancestry on their surname line).

MtDNA full sequence (for pure female line ancestry) $149 down from $199.

FamilyFinder/autosomal test (for all lines back to 5th/6th cousins) $49 down from $79.

Upgrades from various Y-DNA tests already taken to Y-700 – prices vary from $399 to $217 (normally $599).

For anyone who has Oxfordshire ancestry on the appropriate line(s) being tested, then to join the Oxfordshire project and buy a test at the same time go to

www.familytreedna.com/groups/oxfordshire

For all other people new to DNA testing go to www.familytreedna.com 

For those who have already tested with FTDNA and want to add another test, sign on to your account and select the ‘upgrade & add-ons’ button near the top right of your dashboard screen. (It makes sure your new test is added under the same ID). In general you will not have to supply a new sample, just pay for the test upgrade which will use your existing sample.

Queries on Oxfordshire DNA to dna@ofhs.org.uk

Jan 232019
 

More surname musings. If anyone has any comments do get back in touch.

TOWERSEY/TOWSEY – we believe comes from the place Towersey, near Thame but there seem to be two groups in Oxfordshire – one spelt Towersey (that is more common in the Banbury area initially) and one Towsey which was in Bicester but is more common in the south of the county. Does anyone know a connection between the two?

There is an early TRUELOCKE family in Iffley but then they were manly in the Appleford/Sutton Courtneay area. Does anyone know where this family was before it came to Oxfordshire?

If ayone has very early instances of GOLD (or variant ancestors) in the 16th and, ideally, earlier centuries we’d be keen to know.

We don’t think BATT(S) and BETT(S) are the same name but are keen to see if anyone has any overlaps in their family trees.

 

As always we are very keen to get more males DNA tested with some of these key surnames so do contact us if you are willing.

surname-project@ofhs.org.uk

 

Nov 142018
 

FamilyTreeDNA have announced a one week sale with some very good discounts. If you have Oxfordshire ancestry and were thinking of a DNA test now is a good time to buy one. Maybe you can buy a test as a present for a relative for Christmas? We are especially keen to have males with their pure male line ancestry based in Oxfordshire tested to help out surname research project, although are happy to have all Oxfordshire ancestry testers in the project. You can see all the surnames we are researching and need DNA for at: Oxfordshire surname Project

Prices:

Y-DNA 37: Was $169 now $99 (about £66)

Y-DNA 67: Was $268 now $179

Y-DNA 111: Was $359 now 219

Family Finder (autosomal test): Was $79 now $49 (about £32)

Maternal DNA: Was $199 now $139

Y-DNA is for Males only and tests the pure male line, autosomal is for all testers and shows cousins on all lines but only back about 5 generations, maternal DNA is for everyone but tests the pure female line.

Other tests are also in the sale.

Go to www.familytreedna.com/groups/oxfordshire and click on the ‘join’ button if you have Oxfordshire ancestry and are buying a test which will include those lines. We will ask you to tell us about your Oxfordshire ancestry when you join.

Any queries please contact dna@ofhs.org.uk.

 

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

 

 

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