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When looking at a modern map of Oxfordshire, please do remember that until the local government reorganisation of 1974 much of modern south-west Oxfordshire was in Berkshire. The river Thames (or Isis) which runs through Oxford, defined the southern boundary of the county until 1974 (as shown in the nearby image). Prior to that date towns such as Shrivenham, Faringdon, Wantage, Abingdon, Didcot and Wallingford (to name but a few) were in Berkshire as, indeed, was a considerable piece of what is now the south-west corner of the City of Oxford.

"A county of England, 47 miles in length, and 29 in breadth; bounded by Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Warwickshire, and Northamptonshire. It is divided into 14 hundreds, which contain 1 city, 12 market towns, 280 parishes, and 51 villages. The air is sweet, mild, pleasant, and healthy, for which reason it contains several gentlemen's seats; and the soil, though various, is fertile in corn and grass, and the hills are shaded with woods. It is also a great sporting country, there being abundance of game preserved here. It has no manufactures of any account, being chiefly agricultural. Its chief city is Oxford. Population, 161,643. It sends 9 members to parliament."
-- James Barclay's "Complete and Universal English Dictionary", 1842

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Information related to all of Oxfordshire

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Archives and Libraries

Oxfordshire Studies

Central Library, Westgate, Oxford, OX1 1DJ
Telephone: +44 1865 815749
Fax: +44 1865 810187

Oxfordshire Record Office

St Luke's Church, Temple Road, Oxford, OX4 2EX
Telephone: +44 1865 398200
Fax: +44 1865 398201

A CARN (County Archive Research Network) card is required, bring two passport-sized phtographs and some independent ID if you don't already have a CARN card. There is no charge for the card.

Oxfordshire Health Archives

Oxfordshire Health Archives, The Warneford Hospital, Warneford Lane, Oxford, OX3 7JX
Telephone: +44 1865 226308

Open Friday's and one other half day - see web site for the detailed arrangements.

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John Townsend deals in antiquarian books and specialises in genealogy books. His site is organised by county.

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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

Brett Langston has put online details of Oxfordshire's Registration Districts and the towns and villages served by each.

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Description and Travel

This section is still "work in progress", for the time being here are some links lifted from my own bookmark file:
Town .. Oxford City
St Edward's School - Welcome
Welcome to the city of Oxford
oxford guide framed - oxfordpages
Oxford information
Oxford photographs

Gown .. Oxford University
Oxford information
Oxford University
Oxford University Computing Services Home Page

County .. Oxfordshire
The parish of Deddington - the villages of Deddington, Clifton and Hempton
Oxfordshire County Council Home Page
Oxford information
Oxfordshire information Provided by Oxford CommUnity Internet
Oxfordshire Reference for Tourism and Business

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Rod Neep has put page images of Pigot's 1830 directory of Oxfordshire online. An index of places and of names is also on the web site.

There is a terrific selection of local and trade directories spanning the period from 1750 to 1919 on the Historical Directories website.

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The GenWeb page for Oxfordshire can be found at

Email lists

As a general pointer to email lists covering this (or any other) county have a look at this list

There are three lists that may be of general interest to those whose ancestors came from Oxfordshire:

This is the list for Oxfordshire discussions. For detailed joining instructions and access to the list archive look at
This is a closed list for members of the Oxfordshire Family History Society. The traffic volume is low but if you just want news of OFHS activities without the high-volume discussion element this is just the list for you.
This is the list for specifically 'Banburyshire' discussions. For detailed joining instructions and access to the list archive look at If you are unsure just what area constitutes 'Banburyshire', look at
This is by far the longest established of the three list. You may not think of Oxfordshire as being part of Wessex, that's where the "Plus" comes in, this list covers Berkshire, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.
Surname Interests

OXSIL, the Oxfordshire Surname Interests List has moved - after over 10 years in the care of Leah Savage, it now has a new URL and is in the care of Paul Brazell.

Look-up Exchange

Karen Fraser runs the Oxfordshire Lookup Exchange.

If it is a research exchange scheme you are looking for, have a look at the Oxfordshire FHS's Link scheme (you have to join the Society, of course).

For completeness, I should mention that the Oxfordshire FHS runs a search service which will often help to establish which of its microfiche publications may contain material of interest.

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MAPCO – Map and Plan Collection Online – Smith's New Map Of The County Of Oxford 1801

Baedecker's Old Guide Books – Oxford City 1910

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Military – History, Records

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (52nd and 43rd Foot).

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Parish Registers – see Church Records

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Probate Records

Nick Hidden, as part of a one-name study has put together an indexed set of probate abstracts for the Hungerford (Berks) and Wantage (ex-Berks, now Oxon) covering the years 1500 to 1958.

Here are three files forming "Index Of Probate Inventories, Oxfordshire 1550-1590" based upon an original document "Household And Farm Inventories In Oxfordshire, 1550-1590" published by the Historical Manuscript Society & H.M.S.O. (Editing By Dr. W. O. Hassall. Original transcription by M.A.Havinden, D.G.Vaisey & Jane E. Sayers. Computer transcription by M.Brewerton (c) Copyright 1994.)

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Oxfordshire FHS covers the whole county

Remembering that many (south/west) Oxfordshire towns used to be in Berkshire you might also want to contact the Berkshire Family History Society. Note that for these "overlap" areas either (or both) societies may have published material available for sale. Note in particular that a Vale (of White Horse) group holds regular meetings in Abingdon under the auspices of the Berkshire FHS

For other surrounding counties that may overlap, check the full county-by-county FFHS lists.

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Towns and Parishes

This list shows the Parishes of Oxfordshire and the dates of the earliest known/surviving registers.

This list of Towns and Place names is taken mostly from modern sources.

The division of modern-day Oxfordshire can be seen on the Oxfordshire Community Partnership site.

Some more detailed pages have been found for these areas:

The Ascott Martyrs - An Historical Link to the Pratly, Pratley and Prattley Families of New Zealand.
An index by Peter Cook of names found in "Banbury - A History".
An index of names from "Historical and other notes on Charlbury", by John Kibble, 1927, of Finstock. Covers Charlbury (Cotswolds) and its nine hamlets.
Chilton (near Didcot, formerly in Berkshire)
Some Chilton families, memorials and pictures documented by Kate Crennell.
See Deddington.
Transcribed Names from Memorials and Graves in Cuddesdon Churchyard, Oxfordshire, UK.
Not genealogical, but if your ancestors came from the parish of Deddington have a look at
See Deddington.
Alan Simpson's The Demolished Houses of Broad Street, Oxford
Stephanie Jenkins's pages on Oxfordshire History
Ploughley Hundred
The 1662 Hearth Tax Returns

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