Oxfordshire Family History Society


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Are you Interested in your Family History?

Then why not join the Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS)

Are you thinking about joining the Society?

  • Would you enjoy meeting like-minded, friendly people and getting involved in some of the activities we have on offer?
  • Would you like to find out more about your family history and the records that are available?
  • Do you have some expert knowledge and skills to share with others?
  • Would you like to get in touch with people researching your village, town or surname?
  • Or maybe you are just keen to preserve some of our monumental inscriptions before they are lost to future generations.

Here's some background:

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.
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  • You will receive the Society’s Journal, the Oxfordshire Family Historian, published three times a year, and other occasional Society publications.
  • You would be able to send us a list of the surnames you are researching, to be included in our database and published in the journal (if you give your permission), increasing your chances of one of our members getting in touch with you and sharing information.
  • You would be eligible to join our members’ only mailing list.
  • You would be supporting the work we do and the work of our volunteers, thus helping others who are searching for Oxfordshire families and leaving a valuable legacy for future researchers and historians.
  • You could volunteer to get involved in all kinds of projects, contributing to the services we can offer to others, enhancing your own CV, having fun, and getting satisfaction from doing something that makes a difference.
  • You don’t need to live in Oxfordshire – or even in the UK – to be a member. Many of the membership benefits can be enjoyed from anywhere in the world.



The Society has transcribed and indexed 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. Transcriptions are available:

  • on CD for purchase,
  • on open access at Oxfordshire History Centre, St Luke’s, Cowley,
  • on open access at the Local & Family History Section of the Oxford Central Library at Westgate, Oxford,
  • and other local studies libraries have the transcriptions for their area.

The book by Colin Harris, Oxfordshire Parish Registers and Bishops Transcripts (2006), is an invaluable source for locating parish records. A copy is included in the new member pack.


Many MEMORIAL INSCRIPTIONS have also been transcribed. Once these were simple text transcriptions published (many are still available) on microfiche. All the old microfiche transcriptions are now available on one CD. Over recent years, new CDs have been published (38 in total as of April 2015) each giving maps, photo and transcriptions of one churchyard. The Grave Registers for the four Oxford City Cemeteries have also been transcribed, indexed and published on CD.

OFHS is rightly proud that its own CENSUS INDEXES (availble for purchase on CDs) are more reliable that those produced without local knowledge.

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 Society also runs HELP DESKS for the general public with a Family History Advisory Service at the Oxfordshire History Centre, St Luke’s, Cowley, OX4 2HT, at the Local & Family History Section of the Oxford Central Library at Westgate, Oxford and at Abingdon Library.


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. A list of FUTURE MEETINGS can be found on our web site.

The Society’s Annual General Meeting is normally held in June and the Society’s Family History Fair is held in the Autumn.


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 listing of Members’ ‘Names of Interest’ in each issue of the Journal. Members’ pedigrees are kept on file by the Society.

TO JOIN OFHS, please fill in this web form (which you can then print & post or use to pay online with your plastic card).

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.

Queries regarding joining the Society can be addressed to membership@ofhs.org.uk or the OFHS Help Line on 01865 358151 (+44 1865 358151 from outside the UK).

Registered Charity Number 275891

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This page was last updated on 2015-04-24