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Family History Fair 2015 - Woodstock - Sat 3 Oct

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Family History Fair - Saturday 3 October 2015

Our 2015 Family History Fair will again be held at The Marlborough School just outside Woodstock.

As usual it will run from 10am to 4pm.

This venue has a generous flat exhibition area and ample car parking. The accessibility has been appreciated, and remarked upon, by both exhibitors and visitors alike.

The Marlborough School web site

The Family History Fair will feature the usual assortment of visiting Societies, publishers, dealers in second hand books and postcards, and the like. The stands will be spread across both the Marlborough Enterprise Centre (MEC) Hall and the adjoining Sports Hall.

Our own Society's range of transcripts and search services will be available for consultation, whilst we will also be manning a beginners' helpdesk. Additionally, there will be computing advice on such things as which genealogical software package to choose, and the use of the internet in family history.

Please visit this page regularly (or fill in the box at the foot of the page to be notified by email when changes are made) as we confirm all the services and stalls that will be on offer to further your family history research.

A Range of delicious refreshments, sandwiches, cakes etc, will again be provided by Wendy of Good Food Catering which received many compliments at the 2014 fair!

Free on-site parking and free admission to the Fair, don't miss it!.

2014 stall-holders:
Berkshire Family History Society http://www.berksfhs.org.uk/cms/
Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry http://www.bmsgh.org/
Bristol and Avon Family History Society http://www.bafhs.org.uk/index.php
Buckinghamshire Family History Society  http://www.bucksfhs.org.uk
CAB Search  http://www.cab-search.co.uk/ 
Chipping Norton Museum http://www.chippingnortonmuseum.org.uk/
Council for British Archaeology  http://new.archaeologyuk.org/ 
Dorset Family History Society http://www.dorsetfhs.org.uk/ 
East of London Family History Society http://www.eolfhs.org.uk/  
The Eureka Partnership http://www.eurekapartnership.com/ 
Europeana 1914-1918 http://www.europeana1914-1918.eu/en
Family and Community Historical Research Society http://www.fachrs.com/   
Family History Partnership  http://www.thefamilyhistorypartnership.com/   
Federation of Family History Societies http://www.ffhs.org.uk
The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is an educational charity. We support, inform and advise our membership, which consists of family history societies and similar bodies across the world.
Gloucestershire FHS http://gfhs.org.uk/ 
GR Postcards
Guild Of One Name Studies http://www.one-name.org/onename.html
Hampshire Genealogical Society http://www.hgs-familyhistory.com/  
John Townsend Books http://www.johntownsend.demon.co.uk/ 
Kidlington and District Historical Society http://www.communigate.co.uk/oxford/kidhist/  
Living Military History http://livingmilitaryhistory.co.uk/  
M and P Barnes
Maxbal Genealogy http://www.maxbal.co.uk/  
My History http://www.my-history.co.uk/ 
Newtown Design Services http://www.newtowndesign.co.uk/Familytrees.html
Northamptonshire Family History Society  http://www.northants-fhs.org/ 
Nostalgia Online
Oxfordshire History Centre https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/oxfordshire-history-centre
Oxfordshire History Centre staff will be on hand to assist with enquiries about holdings, including our unique archive collections, extensive local studies coverage and unrivalled photographic collection. We will be providing access to our online catalogue together with information and advice on the full range of services we offer. Among items we will have on display will be a selection of our photograph browsers and a small selection of World War One related material.
Oxfordshire Libraries https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/libraries
Oxfordshire Registrars https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/registration-offices
The Oxford Register Office was established in 1837 for the registration of birth , death and marriages. All records for Oxfordshire are now stored centrally at the Register Office in Oxford.
We have displayed copies of records from 1837. Death certificates are particularly interesting in seeing how they had women stated as dying of breast cancer whilst others dying from a ‘visitation of God’. Many children dying in infancy due to measles and whooping cough.
Marriage certificates often did not state a women’s occupation as she was deemed to be not working as she was getting married!.
Birth certificates did not state the child’s surname up until the 1970’s as it was assumed that the child would take the father’s name as today the child’s full name including surname as stated.
Radley History Club http://www.radleyhistoryclub.org.uk/  
R A Longley Publications http://www.ralongleypublications.co.uk/ 
Romany and Traveller Family History Society http://rtfhs.org.uk
Ruskin College http://www.ruskin.ac.uk/ 
Shropshire Family History Society  http://www.sfhs.org.uk/
The Society of Genealogists -The Census Detectives http://www.sog.org.uk/   
Soldiers of Oxfordshire http://www.sofo.org.uk/ 
This Way Books http://www.thiswaybooks.com/  
Victoria County Histories http://www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/  
The Western Front Association http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/ 
Wiltshire Family History Society http://www.wiltshirefhs.co.uk/  

And of course Oxfordshire Family History Society, plus our computer group with access to our own extensive database, Find My Past and Ancestry.

How to get to the Marlborough Enterprise Centre

See our new page of directions

On-site Car Parking


There are several car parking areas at the school, which are used will depend on the weather conditions on the day.
The car park stewards will point you nthe right direction.

There is disabled parking immediately outside the MEC.


It will be possible to get close to the hall early in the day for unloading, and at the end of the day for loading up again.
The spaces close to the MEC will be needed for disabled access during the day.
Please move your vehicles either to the main car park or to one of the spaces on the 'entrance loop' if you need access to stock during the day.
If in doubt, speak to one of the car park stewards.

Contacting the Organiser

Angie Trueman
20 Gwyns Piece
RG17 8YZ

Email: fair@ofhs.org.uk

For the "bigger picture" of Family History events around the UK (and some beyond) look at the GENUKI diary page GENEVA.

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