Genealogy & Family Tree
Within this section we hope you can find family members past or living or gather information for family tree's.
The discussion forum has a section 'Genealogy & Family Tree' where questions can be asked and answered, you do need to be registered and logged in to use the discussion forum.
Oxfordshire Family History Society
Oxfordshire Record Office holds:
As well as
Oxfordshire Record Office
The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry
National Archives can be found at:
Whilst some isolated census information survives from around 1801, the first major national census of use to family historians was carried out in 1841. Subsequent censuses were taken every ten years, 1851, 1861 etc. (with the exception of 1941 during World War 2, when no census was taken).
The official registration of births marriages and deaths began in July 1837 and many of these records are also now online.
National online sites for family history research include
www.GenesReunited.co.uk - Allows you to build your own tree and search other trees on their database. Holds no archive information.
www.1901CensusOnline.com - UK Census information from 1901 onwards
www.1837online.com - Births deaths & marriages from 1837
http://www.curiousfox.com/history/oxfordshire.lasso - An on online message board service allows you to ask generally for more information
One thing to bear in mind with these early official records is that there were many opportunities for errors, as the original register would have been hand written, spelling was often left to the judgement of the official recording the information so for instance the name Elizabeth may also appear as Elisabeth, or shortened as a family name to Beth, Lizzie and so on. Middle names were often missed out and itinerant workers often never appear.
Also during transcription from the handwritten records to those searchable on the internet websites the translation of a name or date relies on the person reading the original and typing the information into the new database. So persistence will be required and if in doubt try looking at the original yourself - it's often quite enlightening!