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Local and Family History Resources

Here are links and information to help in Family History.

Historically Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor was in Berkshire, but in 1974 as a result of Local Government re-organisation the Northern part of Berkshire within the Vale of White Horse was moved into Oxfordshire.

I hope these genealogical resources will prove useful. Both Berkshire and Oxfordshire resources are shown.

Starting Family History

Family History Societies covering the area

Oxfordshire FHS offers:

Census Enumerators' Books (with indexes and other finding aids); Census Indexes; Marriage Indexes; The Oxfordshire Family Historian; Parish Registers;
Monumental Inscriptions; Oxford City Guardians of the Poor Reports

OFHS Publications on CD

OFHS Publications on Fiche

Berkshire FHS - provides the 'research' services: via Family History Online the society provides a search and inspect Berkshire data on the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) on a Pay-per-View basis. Offers fiche and CD publications of Parish Registers and Monumental Inscriptions.

A branch of the Berkshire FHS is the Vale of White Horse Branch and meetings are held in Abingdon.

Further Berkshire FHS - Resources

Registrar's Office for Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor and area is at Abingdon

Abingdon Registration District

Registration County : Berkshire.
: 1.7.1837.
: Abingdon; Cumnor; Fyfield; Nuneham Courtenay; Sutton Courtenay.
GRO volumes
: VI (1837-51); 2c (1852-1946); 6A (1946-74).

Berkshire FHS - Registration of Birth Marriages and Deaths - English and Welsh Register Offices

IGI Batch Numbers - British Isles and North America - Hugh Wallis's website on IGI Batch Numbers.  If followed you are able to find partial transcripts of Parish Registers for places within the UK

Welcome to headington - a website all about Headington, Oxford - a delight for family historians researching in the Headington area.

Names, Faces and Dates

Oxfordshire Surname List -  Surname Interest List

GENUKI - Surname Interests

Genealogical Mailing Lists hosted by Rootsweb

Berkshire FHS Members Interests - Surnames under research by members

Berkshire FHS Birth Briefs - ancestral or pedigree charts drawn up by members

South Derbyshire Genealogy Pages - out of area but we have Derbyshire interests.

Oxfordshire Heritage search - About Oxfordshire

The Centre for Oxfordshire Studies on the English Heritage website, has some wonderful photographs and stories. Do a search.

Oxfordshire Faces  - Faces of Oxfordshire - Family Faces - Add your photos. Superb site which is growing - add your Oxfordshire photographs here.

Derbyshire Photos - Photographers & Photographic Studios in Derbyshire. Many Derbyshire Faces to be seen here, which will give ideas of dress and hair styles at different dates.  An excellent site.

Date old Photographs - What decade is this photograph from?

What year was this Photograph taken? - Dating Old Photographs and see how our ancestors looked.

What day was this on?  The day you were born. Try this online date calculator

St Giles, Noke, Oxfordshire - for research in Noke

Oxford Archdeacon's Marriage Bond - includes 1662 Hearth Tax

Mourning Attire

The Bodleian Library's

John Johnson Collection Exhibition - notes on cartes de vsite etc., and Mourning Warehouses.

The Leeds Mourning Warehouse - a Museum housing a display of Frederic Forster's Mourning Warehouse. This out of area museum displays what would presumably have appeared in major cities at one time, whether they were outfitters or areas within department stores

Workhouses for this area

Faringdon; Faringdon inmates 1881 Census Abingdon

The whole of the Workhouses web, which is a wonderful site is here.

History web sites

Wikipedia defines History as 'the study of past human events and activities'

The Victoria County Histories - The Greatest Publishing Project in English Local History

This Day in History - What happened today in History?

BBC History - various links on this history site

Online Hyper History - HyperHistory is an expanding scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history

The Best of History Websites - Best of History Web Sites is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1000 history web sites

Maps of county and area

Oxfordshire Maps - Maps of Oxfordshire and previously North Berkshire parishes - an interactive map

British History Online - Maps of the County and area

Multi Map showing Kingston Bagpuize area

Old-Maps for Abingdon area - search for Abingdon

Counties of England, Wales and Scotland prior to Boundary Changes

Community Archives - a group of the National Council on Archives.