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Oxfordshire Family History

This group is for everyone interested in Oxfordshire genealogy.

Location: Oxfordshire, England
Members: 48
Latest Activity: Nov 10, 2017


Oxfordshire Family History Society

Add your interests to OXSIL - the Oxfordshire Surname Interest List

Oxfordshire FHS Wills Library - look for matches and please offer you own !

All but two Victoria County History Oxfordshire volumes are now available online at British History Online.

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Oxfordshire groups:
HEWLETTs of Kencot
HATLEYs of Shutford
SHEPHERDs of Wheatley
TRAFFORDs of Oxfordshire

Discussion Forum

Radio Oxford family history broadcast

Started by Wendy Archer Aug 28, 2011. 0 Replies

On Friday the National Archives released new files from the Security Servicespanning the Second World War and post-war eras…Continue

Cowley - in a different light

Started by Wendy Archer Mar 24, 2011. 0 Replies

Family & local history - presented in a different way .... !This evening, Friday 25 March, & also in the evening of Saturday 26 March,there will be projections onto a wall of a large block of…Continue

Saving Oxfordshire History

Started by Wendy Archer. Last reply by Wendy Archer Feb 13, 2011. 1 Reply

As mentioned in a previous discussion, Oxfordshire Studies andOxfordshire Record Office are to merge later this year in modified premisesat St Luke's Church, Cowley.  There are proposed staff cuts…Continue

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Comment by Wendy Archer on November 10, 2017 at 12:00pm

Do add your surnames of interest to the Oxfordshire Surname Interest List, OXSIL, - and look for matches to your interests, too!

Comment by Gerald Baldwin on November 28, 2015 at 1:10pm

Hi. I am a new member researching ancestors from Oxfordshire. Specifically, interested in tracking the names BALDWIN and GYNGER from Hook Norton to Pennsylvania in the USA. I believe that my specific line was Thomas BALDWIN, son of William BALDWIN. Thomas appears to have emigrated from England about 1683 to Pennsylvania.

Comment by Catherine Lively on June 16, 2012 at 10:56am

Researching LYFOLLY Family History from Burford, Oxfordshire, England.. John LYFOLLY birth unknown married Mary SMITH on July 20 1640 in Burford, Oxfordshire, England is as far back as I have found. 

Comment by Bob Kerr on January 9, 2011 at 11:51pm

Hi, My first post to this discussion group - so hello. 

I'm looking for help and advice on how I can go about tracking down information on my gg-grandparents who both came to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1848 from South Weston Oxon.

The details from the passenger list for each:

William Hawkins Gardener / Thatcher 34 yo, departed Plymouth 28April1848 on the Cornwall.

Elizabeth Hawkins (ms) Housemaid 20 yo, departed Plymouth 26June1848 on the Blondie.

Disposal for both was to James Eles (I think Ellis) a friend.  I'm also making the assumption they knew each other before their journey.

I have their wedding in Melbourne in 1850, information regarding their children and the death of William in 1888.  The death schedule indicates William's Father as John Hawkins, mother Ann Hawkins (ms: not known).

Thanks in anticipation.   Bob


Comment by Dawn Kurth-Minard on January 9, 2010 at 11:17am
WoW!!, thanks Gordon & Wendy, you just made my day, it is a great morning to wake up and get another generation back or more. I had searched the BDM records before and pieced together what I could Robert and Marta's oldest daughter Mary Ann married Vincent Parsons, they also came to Iowa , USA. Their 3rd daughter Anna married John Smith from Berkshire?, Another son of Robert & Martha also came over, George. Robert came to US before 1880 after the Death of Martha and other children. You both have made my day.
Comment by Gordon Keith Hazell on January 9, 2010 at 8:08am
Dear Dawn

Martha BUCKINGHAM was my 4th cousin, 4x removed and I can give you some of her ancestry back to John Buckingham and Elizabeth BARRETT who married at Oxford, St. Giles in 1710, if you are interested. However, I haven't made a note of Robert's ancestry , and although I could do so, having all the published OFHS Oxon. and Berks. PR transcripts on microfiche, I can't do so at the moment as the bulb on my Fiche Reader has just blown and I can't get a replacement until my next visit to UK.

Kind regards

Comment by Wendy Archer on January 9, 2010 at 1:45am
Hello Dawn -

Oxfordshire FHS has transcribed the Steeple Barton registers. (See the CD section.)

Here are the details of the marriage - compliments of OFHS:

30 Jul 1832
(both signed with a X)
witnesses Mary NELDER, John MOLE

The baptism of Robert is also recorded on 24 Jul 1808, son of John & Martha

To carry on backwards, I recommend using the OFHS Search Services to trace earlier children of John & Martha, and then you'll have a likely date for their marriage.

Enjoy your Oxfordshire research!

Wendy - Chairman, Oxfordshire FHS
Comment by Dawn Kurth-Minard on January 8, 2010 at 11:54pm
Hi everyone. I am searching Abram/Abraham in Steeple Barton area of Oxfordshire.
Robert Abram was born abt 1808 and married Martha (possible Buckingham) abt 1832 . Their son John emmigrated to the US abt 1862 via Canada. Most of the remaining family followed shortly thereafter. Affiliated surnames include Smith and Parsons.
Comment by Clifford William James Wood on November 24, 2009 at 10:56am
Hi to all.
My name is Clifford William James Wood.
I have been doing family research for the past 6 Years.
The Wood family is my Fathers side,
Research for the wood family has already been done by my Aunt Angela Wood.
I am Concentrating on my Mothers Side.They include Stinton,Jenkins,Powell,Hill,Woodhouse.
All my mothers side come from Herefordshire,Staffordshire and Worcestershire.
any info Mail me
Comment by John Laws on August 18, 2009 at 9:37am
Hi we have on our database a number of Oxfordshire LAW, LAWES, LAWS families
I was born at Freeland in nineteen-canteen

John P Laws. (Member 674, Guild of One-Name Studies, since 1984) Researching LAW, LAWE, LAWES, LAWS, LAWSE, McLAW & McLAWS & allied families worldwide.
Website "Laws Family Register" at -
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