OFHS launches par­ish reg­is­ters

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A sig­nif­i­cant tranche of his­toric Ox­ford­shire par­ish reg­is­ters has been up­loaded to an­ces­try.co.uk.

Com­pris­ing over 4.1 mil­lion records, the four col­lec­tions pro­vide de­tails of bap­tisms, banns, mar­riages and buri­als dat­ing back to the reign of Henry VIII.

The ma­te­rial has been re­leased in part­ner­ship with Ox­ford­shire Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­ety (OFHS), which of­fi­cially launched the datasets at its 40th an­niver­sary fair in Wood­stock on Satur­day 1 Oc­to­ber.

In or­der to make the records avail­able, OFHS vol­un­teers spent two years work­ing along­side Ox­ford­shire His­tory Cen­tre and in­di­vid­ual parishes across the county to ar­range for their reg­is­ter col­lec­tions to be scanned.

Once this had been com­pleted, the so­ci­ety then signed a deal with An­ces­try, which ac­quired the dig­i­tal files and cre­ated a se­ries of search­able in­dexes.

OFHS pub­lic­ity co­or­di­na­tor, Wendy Archer, said the orig­i­nal reg­is­ters would no longer be sub­jected to “wear and tear”.

“One of our ob­jec­tives is to pro­mote the preser­va­tion of records re­lat­ing to Ox­ford­shire, and we felt that the ini­tia­tive would sup­port this,” she said.

“An­other ob­jec­tive is to make these doc­u­ments ac­ces­si­ble in the in­ter­ests of ge­neal­ogy. By li­cens­ing our scans to An­ces­try, we are ful­fill­ing that aim too.”

OFHS mem­bers at its 40th an­niver­sary fair

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