Oxfordshire Family History Society


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The OXFORDSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY was founded in 1976 to encourage and promote the study of Family History.  The Society caters for those with Oxfordshire or North Berkshire ancestry as well as those who live locally but with ancestors from elsewhere.  The Society is a Registered Charity, No. 275891, and a member of the Federation of Family History Societies.

The main aims of the Society are to foster interest in Family History, and aid the progress of beginners; to provide, through publications and meetings, a means for exchanging news and information; to widen knowledge of the variety of genealogically useful records; to help preserve Oxfordshire records by transcription, indexing and publication; and to record fast disappearing monumental inscriptions.

PUBLICATIONS and RESOURCES:  Members receive the Society’s Journal, The Oxfordshire Family Historian, published three times a year, and an occasional Society publication. 

The Society has transcribed most of the parish, non-conformist, college and other registers for Oxfordshire and North Berkshire, at least up to 1837 and many to the 20th century.  These are available on CD and fiche for purchase, and are also on open access at Oxfordshire History Centre, St Luke’s, Cowley, the Local & Family History Section of the Oxford Central Library at Westgate, Oxford, and other local studies libraries.  The book by Colin Harris, Oxfordshire Parish Registers and Bishops Transcripts (2006), is an invaluable source for locating parish records.

The Society also provides a Search Service of its many and varied indexes for a small fee. These include the 1841 & 1851 Census Index & Transcript; 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 & 1901 Census Indexes; Oxfordshire and North Berks Marriage Indexes 1538–1837; Monumental Inscription Master Index; Baptism Index 1538–1851 (in progress); Burial Index 1538–1851 (in progress); and Strays Index. 

Details of all these publications and resources, together with books for sale, are listed in the Annual Members’ Handbook, included in the New Members’ joining pack, and are available on our web site at www.ofhs.org.uk. 

The HOLFORD CENTRE is the Society’s own research base. It is available to both members and non-members and is located at School Lane, Stanton St John, Oxford, OX33  1ET.  Expert helpers are available at the centre to help visitors use the Society’s transcripts, indexes and other resources, including FindMyPast, on computer. There is also a wealth of information in the library. The telephone number is 01865 358151 and, when the Centre is closed, the phone is redirected to the OFHS Help Desk. Opening hours for the centre are listed on our web site at www.ofhs.org.uk.

The Society also offers help to the general public with a Family History Advisory Service at the new Oxfordshire History Centre, St Luke’s, Cowley, OX4 2HT and at the Local & Family History Section of the Oxford Central Library at Westgate, Oxford.

Members and visitors are welcome at all MEETINGS which are usually held at Exeter Hall, Kidlington, Oxford, on the fourth Monday in the month (excluding August and December).  Doors open at 7:15 pm allowing time for browsing and at 8:00 pm there is a speaker who will talk on a subject related to family history.  The early opening enables everyone to obtain refreshments, discuss problems, share information, buy from the extensive book stall and ask advice from the computer help desk.  Members may also borrow from the library compiled from other Family History Societies’ journals.
The Society also holds meetings with a computer focus at Exeter Hall on the first Monday of even numbered months.  Doors open at 7:15 pm and talks start at 7:30 pm.  (Knowledge of, or even owning, a computer is NOT a prerequisite for these meetings!)
Entrance to all Society meetings is free of charge.

The Society’s Annual General Meeting is normally held in June and the Society’s Open Day is held in the Autumn.

NEW MEMBERS: The membership year runs from 1 January except when joining after 1 October when membership includes the following year i.e. up to 15 months.  On joining the Society, members receive a ‘New Members’ Pack’, which includes the current Journal, and are asked to supply information about themselves and their research interests, so that members can help each other.  There is a supplement of Members’ ‘Names of Interest’ in each issue of the Journal.  Members’ pedigrees are kept on file by the Society at the Holford Centre and a ‘link’ service is offered, where limited, but specific, research is done by members for other members. All this means that joining the Society is advantageous at any time.

As a member of the Society, your name and details of membership will be kept on computer and will be used for the Society’s activities only.  The Society is registered for VAT, and so is unfortunately unable to reclaim Income Tax through the Gift Aid Scheme.

Registered Charity Number 275891

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This page was last updated on 2011-07-27