Oxfordshire Family History Society

Founded in 1976, Oxfordshire Family History Society encourages and promotes the study of genealogy, specifically in the counties of Oxfordshire and North Berkshire. 

If you live locally, but have ancestors from elsewhere, you can also obtain help from the Society.

Their aims are to promote interest in family history and genealogy, to provide a forum for those wishing to exchange news and information, to teach people about the variety of genealogical records, to preserve and publish records, and to transcribe memorial inscriptions.

Contact Information


Mrs Julie Kennedy
c/o OFHS
19 Mavor Close
OX20 1YL



Research Service

For payment of a fee, the Society is prepared to conduct searches in the following databases:

  • North Berkshire Marriages Index 1538-1851
  • Oxford City Baptisms Index 1800-1837
  • Oxfordshire Baptism Index 1538-1851
  • Oxfordshire Burial Index 1538-1851
  • Oxfordshire Marriages 1538-1837
  • Census Returns
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Strays and Strangers

Unfortunately, the Society does not have the resources to conduct general research for people, nor are they able to find information not included in the above indexes.

Society Publications

Many publications are sold by the Society, which include:

  • 1841-1901 Census Indexes
  • Bastardy Cases 1844-1909
  • Berkshire Probate Index 1480-1857
  • Calendars of Prisoners tried at Oxford Quarter Sessions and Assize Courts 1831-1842
  • Cemetery Grave Registers: Botley 1894-2007, Headington 1899-2008, Rose Hill 1894-2010, Wolvercote 1894-2009
  • Census Enumerators' Books and Index
  • Childhood Secrets: Oxfordshire Children sent to Reformatories and Industrial Schools 1855-1900
  • Coroners' Inquests 1820-1837
  • Electoral Registers (Banbury and Neithrop 1865, Mid Division, Southern Division and Northern Division 1885)
  • Faringdon Bastardy Orders 1868-1904
  • Freemen of the City of Oxford
  • Headington Guardians' Minute Book 1841-1846
  • Hearth Tax 1665 (Index)
  • Jacksons Oxford Journal (Index to BMD 1800-1820)
  • Local History Books
  • Marriage Indexes 1538-1837
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Nonconformist Registers

Publications available for sale also include:

  • Ordnance Survey Maps
  • Oxford City Baptism Index 1800-1837
  • Oxford City Bastardy Trials 1843-1880
  • Oxford City Cemetery Grave Registers (Botley 1894-2007, Headington 1899-2008, Rose Hill 1894-2010, Wolvercote 1894-2009)
  • Oxford City Guardians of the Poor Reports 1875-1915 will full name index
  • Oxford City Police Register 1857-1904
  • Oxford City Poor Law Index 1853-1929
  • Oxford Gaol Prisoner Portraits 1870-1881
  • Oxfordshire Militia Ballot 1831 (Oxford City, Bullingdon, Thame and Dorchester Hundreds)
  • Oxfordshire Quarter Sessions 1687-1830 (Scanned images of Oxfordshire Quarter Session Summaries and Calendars compiled by Canon Oldfield)
  • Owners of Land 1873 (Berkshire, Gloucestershire)
  • Parish Register Transcripts
  • Politics and Loyalty in Post-Revolution Oxfordshire: The '1690' County Parliamentary Poll; The Association Oath Rolls, 1695-1696
  • Protestation Oath Returns 1641-42
  • Reading Borough Police Registers 1865-1904
  • Returns of Owners of Land 1873


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