Phil's objective is to introduce each and every audience member to at least one useful new tool they haven't tried before. There will be a PDF handout for this talk containing URLs for each of the tools mentioned.
The following surnames were added to the Oxfordshire Surname Interest List – www.oxsil.org.uk – in October 2022. If any of them ...
New advisor sessions for Carterton, 10:00am to 1:00pm first and third Tuesdays.
History Centre launches new Heritage Search facility
New additions to OXSIL September 2022
Some notes on now to register for the Zoom talks and links to the Zoom meeting participant guides. The guildes cover using Zoom on Android, Ipad, Mac systems and computers running the Windows operating system.
Hugh Kearsey prize for 2023 - entries now open. £100 prize for winner.
The OFHS MI Team have released a new CD for Great Tew.
The following surnames were added to the Oxfordshire Surname Interest List – www.oxsil.org.uk – in August 2022. If any of them ...
The August Family Historian is now available to view for members.
A talk over Zoom on Monday 14 August 2023. Where Gay Evans will look at large families in the 18th / 19th century and the implications for the parents, especially the mothers.
The following surnames were added to the Oxfordshire Surname Interest List – www.oxsil.org.uk – in July 2022. If any of them are ...
78 new wills (and one update) have been added. All can be found as usual at the OFHS Wills Library
On 10 July 2023 -via Zoom. This talk will consider the types of roles women undertook on the Victorian and Edwardian railway, their recruitment, their working conditions and the limitations that were placed on their advancement. It will also consider the broader social forces and factors that shaped their employment. The talk will be appealing to those interested in railway history, railway work and women's employment in Britain in this period.
Monday 9 January 2023 - Via Zoom: A look at the program "Charting Companion" and how it can be used to tell your family history with great and original charts.
On Monday 12 June 2023 via Zoom: What better way to attract people to you and the data that you have than creating your own website. However, many are put off by the thoughts of the technical problems. This lecture looks at some of the alternatives there are and some of the questions that you need to answer on the way.
On Monday 13 March 2023 via Zoom: A light-hearted walk through a variety of genealogical records, reinforcing the value of scrutinising original documents.
On Monday 13 February 2023 over Zoom: The relieving officer’s role was to monitor all applications for relief in his parishes and in co-ordination with other parties recommend whether the application should be approved by the Board of Guardians. His role was also to supervise any conveyancing of the poor from the parish to the Bicester Workhouse or its Infirmary or on occasion to Littlemore Asylum. Examination of the various records within the Oxfordshire archives from the various books and forms completed by the Relieving Officer will be examined in the talk.
OFHS launches new Advanced Skills Course
On Monday 11 September 2023 over Zoom: John will take us beyong the peace and serenity offered by our parish churches and look at some of the countless images of Murder, Sex and Mayhem that he has come across in his travels. From medieval murals and stained glass depict the martyrdom of saints from home and abroad, and the grisliest of dooms. At a lower level may be found misericords showing whippings, wife beatings, and brawls. Finally there are many monuments and memorials that show scenes of murder and mayhem in goodly measure including stagecoach crashes, bridge collapses, falling trees, falling bridges, falling chimneys, shootings, stabbings, mine collapses, shipwrecks and explosions.
On 12 December 2022 via Zoom: Main theme “Who would you invite to Christmas Dinner and Why? However, if you have other topics you want to discuss e.g. Tips and strategies for searching for people; how you have proven/disproven the family "stories"; leasons learnt over the time you've been researching your family history; strange things found during your research or anything related to Family History you want advice on.
The course running over Zoom and starting on 10 November and consisting of 3 modules will cover some important genealogical skills and techniques requested by OFHS members in a survey that was sent out earlier this year, including: effective use of the Internet; how to find and make sense of early records and sources; how to analyse evidence; how to read old handwriting; how to solve genealogical mysteries; and how to carry out a mini one-name study.
VCH Oxfordshire Lecture by Michael Wood.
Given On 8 August via Zoom: Annoying Ancestors was an anecdotal story of how to search for your ancestors, highlighting the challenges they may knowingly or unknowingly have put in your way. New and experienced researchers will find this talk features obstacles to consider when tracing your ancestors. She hopes that her presentation, Annoying Ancestors, will inspire you to begin or will help reinvigorate your family history journey.