From One House to Another

at Exeter Hall, Kidlington

by Alan Simpson; this talk commences at 8:00pm.

Alan Simpson’s talk explores the genealogy of a family who briefly lived at Forest Farm, Shotover (where he now lives) around 100 years ago, and some of whom now live in a slightly larger house elsewhere. On the way we meet some colourful characters and wander around various parts of Oxfordshire and beyond employing both OFHS and on-line resources.

Alan is a retired electronic and software engineer. After gaining a D.Phil. in physical chemistry from Oxford University, he spent most of his working life with Oxford Instruments, designing instruments for scientists. Alan hated history at school but with advancing years developed an interest in the history of his own and his wife’s families. The results may be seen on his web site On retiring, Alan joined Oxfordshire Family History Society and has been involved in many projects with the society. He is currently a Deputy Webmaster, operates the Search Service on behalf of the society and co-ordinates the recording of the county’s Monumental Inscriptions. In the summer months he is often to be found lying in the long grass of a churchyard peering intently at a crumbling gravestone.

We hope to 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. If this is not possible, the talk will be re-arranged. A replacement speaker will be found who will give the talk using Zoom.

A summary of most talks will appear after an interval in the Members area of the OFHS website. Summaries of previous talks are also available in the same place.

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