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For those who would like to see the general 'flavour' of our meetings, here is a list of our past topics and speakers.
For a forward view, look at our future meetings page.

General meetings Fourth Monday of most months
Computer meetings (*) First Monday of alternate months
2017    
12 June * Tablets for Family History Alan Simpson
22 May Lost in London: Solving your London Family History Problems Dave Annal
24 April Tracing Jewish Ancestry Jessica Feinstein
3 April * What Family History Program? Panel
27 March Benson to Bruern – Recent Victoria County History Discoveries from the Chilterns to Wychwood Simon Townley
27 February The Psychology of Brickwalls Sharon Hintze
6 February * Cloud Computing for Family History Norman Dutton
23 January Child labour in nineteenth-century Oxfordshire Liz Woolley
2016    
5 December * Christmas Forum Computer Group Panel
28 November Pilgrimage to Plug Street (OFHS fortieth anniversary meeting) Tony Hadland
24 October Tracing Your Own and Your Ancestors’ Houses Gill Blanchard
3 October *

Parish Registers, scanning & launching on Ancestry
OFHS members can view slideshows from these talks in the Members-Only Area.

Alan Simpson and Nick Archer
26 September The Joys and Trials of having non-conformist relatives Emma Walsh
1 August * Putting Oxfordshire on the Map in 360 degrees Nikhilesh Haval
25 July The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on the Somme 1916 Stephen Barker
27 June AGM followed by
GENUKI: the UK & Ireland Genealogical Information Service

Malcolm Austen
6 June * Getting the best out of Findmypast Myko Clelland
16 May
(Third Monday)
Glovemaking in West Oxfordshire Carol Anderson
25 April Detained in Britain 1914–1920 – Germanic Internees and POW Camps in Oxfordshire Colin Chapman
4 April * Burial Grounds – Are They A Dead End? Alex McGahey
21 March
(Third Monday)
Benson to Bruern – Recent Victoria County History Discoveries from the Chilterns to Wychwood
We regret that this had to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control affecting Exeter Hall. It has been re-scheduled to March 2017. There was no OFHS meeting at Exeter Hall on 21 March
Simon Townley
22 February Who were the Hildesleys? Tony Hadland
1 February * A Good Read Old Books available on the Internet Alan Simpson
25 January Was your ancestor a Morris Dancer? – The History of Morris Dancing and the Morris Dancing Year John Frearson
2015    
7 December * Christmas Forum Computer Group Panel
23 November Papists at the Manor – The Yates and Throckmortons of the Vale of White Horse Tony Hadland
26 October The Cheney Archives – a record of a well-known Banbury printing firm over two centuries Clive Hurst
5 October * Test Tubes and Paper – Stories on what DNA shows in Oxon & Beyond Sue Honoré
28 September What Great Grandma did in the First World War: the Imperial War Museum’s Women’s Work Collection Sarah Paterson
3 August * Getting organized - a new timeline tool Jessica Feinstein
27 July One-Place Studies: Tracing the history of a community Kirsty Gray
22 June AGM followed by
Finding Your Ancestors on the Internet

Alan Simpson
1 June * Introduction to using Discovery: The National Archives catalogue Guy Grannum
18 May Sex, Illegitimacy and Cohabitation 1700-1960s Rebecca Probert
27 April Fair Mile Revealed: the Victorian Asylum
The Kindle edition of Mark's book Life in the Victorian Asylum is currently available for 99p!
Mark Stevens
13 April * The Fun of Facebook for Family History
including Walter Carter, a WW1 Soldier's Tale
Wendy Archer
and David Noble
23 March Joining the dots and bringing it all together – connecting up normal genealogical research, origins of surnames, and DNA Anthony Adolph
23 February From Trevithick to Barnes Wallis: tracing a family of Cornish engineers, from Camborne to Brooklands, via the sewers of London Tony Hadland
2 February * All the Gory Details - Researching our more colourful ancestors via court proceedings at the Old Bailey and elsewhere Alan Simpson
26 January “A tough but full-blooded area”: The parish of St Thomas the Martyr, West Oxford Liz Woolley
2014    
1 December * Christmas Forum Panel
24 November From Time out of Mind: Custom and Ritual in 19th century Oxfordshire Shaun Morley
27 October All the News that's Fit to Read (Links) Richard Heaton
6 October *

Running a Community Collection Event – the logistics and the technology
See Ylva's slides – and the web site – http://www.europeana1914-1918.eu

Ylva Berglund Prytz
22 September Brick walls and lost ancestors: problem solving for family historians Dave Annal
4 August * Searching beyond these shores Christopher Fance
28 July On Death and Dying – Did they really Rest In Peace? Joan Grundy
23 June AGM followed by The Digitisation of the Oxfordshire Parish Registers Nick Archer
2 June * The OFHS Oxford City Cemetery Grave Register Transcription Project Bryan Bowen

19 May

Binsey: a village through its long-lost register Carl Boardman
28 April “…those rampageous, dragonnading fire-devils…”: The coming of the railway to Oxford Liz Woolley
7 April * The fascination of Maps, Old & New – Where to find them and what they tell us about our ancestors Alan Simpson
24 March Chapel and community: Methodism in Oxfordshire Dr Kate Tiller
24 February Victorian North Oxford: Suburban Paradise? Malcolm Graham
3 February * Breaking Down Brick Walls in Your Family History Research Mark Bayley
27 January Emigration from Oxfordshire in the 19th Century Shaun Morley
2013    
2 December * Preserve those family photos and letters – Saving and cataloguing images so you can find the one you want Alan Simpson
25 November My Ancestor left a Will – well he should have done! John Hanson
28 October Children and war: Experiences of the Second World War in Oxfordshire Liz Woolley
7 October * The Oxfordshire DNA Project Sue Honoré
23 September

Old and New Sources for your Family History
Richard has provided a summary list of references

Richard Heaton
5 August * Beginning Blogging – make yourself a WordPress web site Malcolm Austen
22 July Imagining who they were!
Geoff has kindly allowed us to provide you with one of his stories referred to in his talk
Geoff Bremble
24 June AGM followed by:
The Pulker One-Name Study

Dr Wendy Archer
3 June * The view from the past – the online photographic archives of English Heritage
Mike Evans
20 May The Duke and the Miner's Daughter – the fascinating truth behind a Forest of Dean family myth Tony Hadland
22 April London Ancestors Howard Benbrook
8 April * The Camera Never Lies ... or does it? – A light hearted approach Alan Simpson
25 March The Green Room Plaque    (Hint) John Frearson
25 February Ringing True – The Bells of Trummery and Beyond – 350 Years of an Irish Quaker Family Bill Jackson
4 February *

Cloud Computing – one Family Researcher's Perspective
handout: web sites (17kb pdf)

Graham Walter
28 January The Journals of William Jones, Charlbury Quaker Hannah Jones
2012    
3 December * Family History Programs – A comprehensive look at these important tools
If you missed the meeting, you can still see Alan's overview slides.
The Panel
26 November The London Gazette: not just the brave and the bankrupt
Audrey Collins
22 October My Ancestor was an Apprentice
Stuart A Raymond
1 October * Social Networking – Getting the best from Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc, to extend our Family History research Les Binns
24 September Counting the people: census returns online
Dave Annal
6 August * Bucks Church Finder – Using the GRO Marriage Indexes to identify the parish church where a specific marriage took place Brian Horridge
23 July Childhood Diseases and their treatments Joan Grundy
25 June AGM followed by:
11626, Private Ernest Edward Fitchett
 
Alex McGahey
11 June * New Family Search – Past, present and future Alan Johnson
28 May The night-time haven of the wandering tribes: the common lodging-house in Victorian England. Liz Woolley
23 April The History and People of Oxford Covered Market
Malcolm Graham
2 April * Customizing the screen display of your computer Derek Powles
26 March Oxfordshire History Centre – what's in it for me? Mark Lawrence
27 February The Wise in Heart Should be Called Prudent – Oxfordshire friendly societies Shaun Morley
6 February * Computing (& Family History) on a memory stick with PortableApps Malcolm Austen
23 January Anatomy of a County – the Oxfordshire Historical Atlas Project Dr Kate Tiller
2011    
5 December * Getting the best from your Family History Computing
– Hands On problem solving
Computer Group Members
28 November My Ancestor was in the GRO indexes
– well they should have been!
John Hanson
24 October Murder and Mayhem on the Midland Chris and Judy Rouse
3 October * FreeBMD - an update Graham Hart
26 September Tracing Your West Indian Ancestry Guy Grannum
1 August * Managing Your Photographs – Finding,
Filing, Fixing and Sharing Pictures
Computer Group Panel
25 July Thirty-five years of the Oxfordshire Family Historian Tony Hadland
27 June AGM followed by:
The Saga of the Beckinghams and Kaiser Bill
 
Alex McGahey
6 June * Tracing your tree – Live! – An interactive session using internet resources Alan Simpson
23 May Henley in the Eighteenth Century Dr Simon Townley
18 April The Stanton St John Village Archive Ian Costar
4 April * An Introduction to the Apple Mac – And using it for Family History Tony Hadland
28 March Burford and its Buildings Dr Simon Townley
28 February Worship, Weird & Wonderful – Religious Sects from the 17th to 20th Century
Alec Tritton
14 February * Pocket Your Family Tree – Using PDAs and
mobile phones for Family History
Alan Simpson
24 January Death and taxes: an introduction to the Death Duty records Dave Annal
2010    
6 December * Getting the best from your Family History Computing –
Hands On problem solving
Computer Group Members
22 November Getting to know your Army ancestors via photographs and memorabilia Graham Bandy
25 October The turbulent lifetime of Thomas Vachell Tony Hadland
4 October * Protect and Save – Looking after your family history research (note change of talk made in June 2010) Leslie Binns
27 September  From Headington to Hitler: An Ordinary Man in an Extraordinary War Phil Angell
2 August * Researching in the darkness and silence– How blind and
deaf genealogists use their computers
Jon Nixey
26 July The ABC of Disease, Decline and Death Joan Grundy
28 June AGM followed by:
Fred Lewis – scouting and baseball in Chipping Norton
Alan Watkins
7 June * The OFHS Monumental Inscription CDs and how we make them Alan Simpson
24 May Forgery in the archives David Thomas
26 April The Italian Connection Philippa McCray
12 April * See where your ancestors lived & died –An exploration in pictures on the web Wendy Archer
22 March Your Ancestors, Population and Birth Control Colin Chapman
22 February The Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll – an underused source for family historians Richard Ratcliffe
8 February *
(Second Monday)
Why have a computer? What can it do for you? Computer Group Panel
25 January An Introduction to Oxfordshire's Museums Tony Hadland
2009    
7 December * Getting the best from your Family History Programs – Hands On problem solving Computer Group Panel
23 November The resources of the British Library Newspaper Library Stewart Gillies
26 October The Great Western Railway Shareholders Index project Frank Hardy
5 October * How Much can you do from Home? – An Exercise in On-Line Genealogy
See also: Finding YOUR Ancestors on the Internet
Alan Simpson
28 September

The resources of the London (Hyde Park) Family History Centre
See also: Sharon's handout (PDF)
Hear also: Sharon's (August 2008) podcast on the TNA web site
New Podcast: (Oct 2009) by Sharon on the TNA web site

Sharon Hintze
3 August * See me – Hear me – SAVE ME – Preserving your Audio Visual memories Les Binns
27 July My Ancestor was in the Parish Register – well they should have been! John Hanson
22 June Malcolm Austen
1 June * Find Your Past on Find My Past – how FMP is growing  Alex McGahey
18 May
(3rd Monday)

Dr Williams' Library
See also: Dave's slideshow
Hear also: Dave's podcast fromm the TNA

Dave Annal
27 April The Oxford Mail and Memory Lane John Chipperfield
6 April * All about Images Alan Simpson
23 March Cardinal Points – Cracking the Code of the GRO Marriage Index
Howard's notes (244kb PDF)
Howard Benbrook
23 February

The Evolution of the British Army
List of Regimental Numbers (25kb PDF)

Dan Allen
9 February *
(2nd Monday)
Screen reading – how it benefits all who are visually impairedPenny Crawford
26 JanuaryThe Wolvercote Paper Mill
Dr Martin Maw
2008    
1 December * Ratcatchers to Royalty – new software for publishing your family history research Jan Power and Sarah Mercer 
24 November Brothers In War – discovering one family’s extraordinary sacrifice in the Great War Michael Walsh
27 October Tales from the Bawdy Courts – Records of the church or ecclesiastical courts of Bishop and Archdeacon Mark Priddey
6 October * Google - how to make more use of its facilities  The Panel
22 September The Oxford Historical Pageant of 1907 Martin Harris
4 August * Scanning and Repairing Photographs Kevin Tomes 
28 July Workhouse Visitor’s Report – Lady Visitor c.1890 gives a detailed report, in contemporary costume, of life in the Union Workhouse
See our speaker in costume or read up about workhouses.
Liz Carter
23 June AGM followed by:
Fred Lewis - A Photographic Tour of Chipping Norton
 
Alan Watkins
2 June * From Balaklava to Bangalore - A computer search of the history of a 19th century family Peter Beavan 

19 May
(3rd Monday)

Jermynology – How genealogy can change history
Hear also: Anthony's podcast from the TNA
Anthony Adolph
28 April Sulgrave Manor, preserving and projecting Wendy Barnes
7 April * Yet More Handy Little Programs Computer Group Panel 
31 March
(5th Monday)
Get the picture? A demonstration of how to take good images of archive materials using digital cameras. Hugh Alexander
25 February "EUREKA! We found it, so can you" – Sources for Family Historians Angela Hillier of the EurekA Partnership
11 February *
(2nd Monday)
It doesn’t need to be Windows! – The world of Open Source software Alan Simpson
28 January My Ancestor was on the Census – well they should have been!
John Hanson
2007    
3 December * Never knew I could do that! – An exploration of lots of basic PC facilities you need to know about Computer Group Panel
26 November Archivist and Family Historians : the best of friends ? Heather Forbes
22 October What's in a name ? Howard Benbrook
1 October * Finding YOUR Ancestors on the Internet Alan Simpson
24 September Access to Information in Oxfordshire Newspapers
Malcolm Graham
6 August * Which Family Tree Program? – a demonstration of some
popular PC programs
CG Panel Members
23 July A Tiger in the Bathroom and Bullets up the Chimney
– My Ancestors in India and Ireland
Tony Hadland
25 June AGM followed by:
The Story of the Changing Faces Books
 
Julie Kennedy
4 June * Coping with email – an A-Spam guide Malcolm Austen
21 May
(3rd Monday)
The history and archives of Oxford University Press Martin Maw
23 April Social History through Old Photographs Nigel Hammond
2 April * Have you visited these sites – Fascinating Web Sites you may not have thought of Wendy Archer
26 March Quarter Sessions Records – an under used source for Family History Research Richard Ratcliffe
26 February The Lure of the Graveyard Alan Simpson
12 February *
(2nd Monday)
Mobile Family History – Taking your data on the road Gillian Stevens
22 January J J Faulkner – Oxford Grocer, Pacifist, Temperance Advocate Robert Sephton
2006    
4 December * Broadband, Networking and Security – Safely Sharing Your Internet Connection Les Binns et al.
27 November Christmases Past – Some Festive Customs and Traditions Colin Chapman
23 October Riots, Strikes and Arson Attacks Wendy Anderson
2 October * CORSERs, Curses, and Custodian – Exploring Custodian family history software Bill Corser
25 September AGM followed by:
Wills – the best source there is
 
Michael Gandy
7 August * Publishing Your Family History to CD – Ways of sharing your
data without paper
Alan Simpson
24 July From Reformation to Emancipation – Catholic Recusancy in Oxfordshire Tony Hadland
26 June AGM followed by:
Access to Information in Oxfordshire Newspapers
This meeting (including the AGM) was cancelled as a result of a power failure in the Exeter Hall.
Malcolm Graham
5 June * Internet sources, are they worth it? – A demonstration of
subscription and pay per view web sources
Presentation - 262kb PDF download
Alex McGahey
22 May

Tracing your Second World War Ancestors
Fact Sheet - 2 A4 sides, 77.5kb PDF download

Simon Fowler
24 April Sex, Sin and Scandal in Newspapers Roy Stockdill
3 April  * Putting Your Name on the Map - an illustration of how mapping software can reveal much about surnames Howard Benbrook
27 March I'm Stuck - Techniques for localising that elusive ancestor Else Churchill
27 February The Shipton-on-Cherwell Railway Disaster Linda Haynes
13 February  * Why YOU need a web site, and how to make it Alan Simpson & Les Binns
23 January Bread, Gruel & Dumplings - Life in the Workhouse Ian Waller
2005    
5 December * Computer Clinic - Problems? - We may have answers the Panel and friends
24 October Village Life in the 18th Century Dr Alan Dodge
3 October * Finding YOUR Ancestors on the Internet
- a rerun of last year's very successful talk
Alan Simpson
26 September FreeBMD Graham Hart
1 August * Using Personal Ancestral File V5
- an extensive exploration of this free FH Program
Les Binns
25 July Tracing Scottish Ancestry in England & Scotland Wendy Anderson
27 June AGM followed by:
Extracts from Kidlington Magazines
 
John Amor
23 May Marriage and Courtship in the 1800s Tom Doig
6 June * Are YOUR Ancestors in the OFHS CDs? - a look of these resources from the Society Wendy Archer & Alan Simpson
25 April Packer and Sims Photographic Collections Alan Watkins
4 April Family History resources at COS (the Centre for Oxfordshire Studies)
[This will cover the whole range of resources with demonstrations of some of the computer resources.]
COS Staff
28 February Access to Archives (A2A)
Sarah has permitted us to put her presentation online for those unable to attend the meeting. The full presentation included a number of example pages from the web site which made it a rather massive 4Mb file! This reduced(292kb PDF) file contains the first 15 slides and leaves you to visit the site yourself.
Sarah Stark
7 February * What you can't see through YOUR Windows
(Handy tips for Microsoft Windows users)
Alan Simpson
24 January Using the Berkshire Record Office Peter Durrant
2004    
6 December * A Family History Tour with GENUKI Malcolm Austen
22 November Red Herrings Ray Wiggins
25 October Stagecoaches and Coaching Inns David Thomas
4 October * More Handy Little Programs Panel
27 September Civil Registration: the past, the present and the future Barbara Dixon
2 August * This meeting was preceded by a special: We are all human... The science behind genetic-genealogy.
With the speaker's permission we have been able to make the presentation available as a 690kbyte PDF download
David Ashworth, CEO of Oxford Ancestors.
2 August * Getting your Name noticed Panel
26 July The IGI: useful or not? Ian Waller
28 June Annual General Meeting followed by
Oxford and Cambridge College Archives and the Genealogist
 
Robin Darwall-Smith
7 June * Looking after yourur Data and Computer Housekeeping Panel
24 May The Victoria County History in West Oxfordshire: recent work and future plans Simon Townley
26 April In the High Court of Justice Dr Chris Watts
5 April * Finding YOUR Ancestors on the Internet Alan Simpson
22 March Your Place in History Colin Dean
23 February Tithe Maps & Apportionments - a history of the tithe and tithe commutation Paul Blake
2 February * Popular Family History Computer Programmes Alex McGahey and Leslie Binns
26 January A Rifleman in the Napoleonic Wars Dennis Wraight
(in costume)
Future meetings


Computer Group - even numbered months
These are some recent past meetings. [Future meetings]
2003    
1 December Exploring More of Your Computer Andrew Young
6 October Lots to do with Email Leslie Binns and Malcolm Austen
4 August What is Available at the Holford Research Centre Alan Simpson
2 June Making the most of the 1901 census Alex McGahey
7 April FreeBMD (GRO indexes on the web) Graham Hart
3 February Scanning and Repairing Photographs Kevin Tomes
2002    
2 December Organising your Web Browsing Malcolm Austen
7 October Creating Family Trees and Charts - some of the options available Multiple speakers
19 August Turning a Genealogist into a Geneticist Cyril Chapman
17 June Publishing on the Web -
A beginner's guide to creating your own web pages
Alan Simpson
15 April What can I do with my new computer? Andrew Young
4 February Accessing the 1901 census and making more use of the 1881 census Leslie Binns
2001    
3 December English and Scots Origins, databases on the web David Hawgood
1 October Family History Resources on the Internet Wendy Archer, Malcolm Austen
6 August Searching the Internet The Computer Group Panel
4 June Useful Little Programs The Computer Group Panel
2 April Family History Resources on CD: From Index to Facsimile Barney Tyrwhitt-Drake
5 February Putting your Family History on the Web Leslie Binns

Monthly meetings - Fourth Monday of most months
These are some recent past meetings. [Future meetings]
2003    
24 November Events and Places - Photographs from the Packer & Sims Collection Alan Watkins
27 October An Oxford Canal Family 1792-1945 Judith Kinnison-Bourke
(in costume)
22 September I'm Stuck! How to Make Progress in Your Research Geoff Swinfield
28 July The Gentleman's Magazine - a Treasure House of Sources Alan Ruston
23 June Was she a Murderess?
(preceded by AGM)
Richard Ratcliffe
19 May Insanity Kathy Chater
28 April The Spectre of the Union - the Workhouse & its Records Brian Oldham
24 March Using the Library of the Society of Genealogists Else Churchill
24 February Maps & Social & Family History Lilian Gibbens
27 January Researching your RAF Ancestors Simon Fowler
2002    
25 November Oxford Photographic Archives Malcolm Graham
28 October Up with the Lark! - 19th Century Ag.Labs Ian Waller
23 September Digging Deeper into Family History Richard Ratcliffe
22 July The Ascott Martyrs Bev McCombs
24 June Your County Record Offices - Challenges for the future
(preceded by AGM)
Carl Boardman
20 May Murders and executions in Victorian England Fred Feather
22 April An introduction to the records of the East India Company Michael Gandy
25 March Leave no stone unturned - alternative ways of solving research problems Meryl Catty and Audrey Gillett
25 February "Death Clouds"- The story of my Grandad Ben Sewell and First World War Gas Geoff Sewell
28 January A Superintendent Registrar's view of Family History Barbara Dixon
2001    
26 November Very useless and not correct in their morals - Wives & Camp Followers Major Brian Oldham
22 October Public School Records - even for peasants Jim Golland
24 September The Parish Chest - its contents and officials Jean Debney
23 July Side-tracked Meryl Catty
25 June AGM followed by
Cumnor Local History Web Site

John Hanson
21 May Don't rub it out - a look at the treasures of the PRO Ian Waller
23 April Don't delay, write today - Family History by post Jeanne Bunting
26 March Packer and Sims photographic collections Alan Watkins
26 February A Debt of Honour - video and talk Commonwealth War Graves Commission
22 January Suicide Kathy Chater

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