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Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - CONTENTS - NI­COLA LISLE Pen & Sword, 144 pages, £14.99 Antony Marr is a mem­ber of the coun­cil of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Ge­neal­o­gists and Re­searchers in Archives

This month’s fam­ily his­tory in­spi­ra­tion

This ad­di­tion to the cat­a­logue of Pen & Sword ge­neal­ogy guides takes us through the his­tory and records of Ox­ford­shire. Like many such pub­li­ca­tions it is per­haps more aimed at the be­gin­ner to fam­ily re­search, rather than the ex­pe­ri­enced ge­neal­o­gist, but it con­tains many use­ful ideas for any­one who may have Ox­ford­shire an­ces­try to ex­plore.

The ba­sic meth­ods of fam­ily his­tory re­search are sim­i­lar in any county, so the test of this type of guide is whether it ex­plores the record cov­er­age for its cho­sen county beyond that found any­where else. In this case the au­thor has in­cluded use­ful gen­eral ad­vice on trac­ing your fam­ily tree us­ing the com­mon record types but goes on to in­clude some ex­tra in­for­ma­tion on what is specif­i­cally avail­able in Ox­ford­shire, such as de­tails of records re­lat­ing to the non­con­formist re­li­gions be­ing fol­lowed in the area. Sadly there is no full list­ing of Ox­ford­shire parishes (or a map), nor de­tails of the cov­er­age of their sur­viv­ing reg­is­ters, and it is sur­pris­ing that there is no men­tion of Ox­ford­shire par­ish reg­is­ters hav­ing been avail­able on­line (to users of an­ces­try.co.uk) since late 2016.

How­ever, these omis­sions are made up for by in­ter­est­ing chap­ters on many as­pects of Ox­ford­shire life – healthcare, poverty, crime, agri­cul­ture, trans­port, in­dus­try and ed­u­ca­tion is even a sec­tion on the county at play cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from the­atre to mor­ris danc­ing.

Over­all, this is a prac­ti­cal and use­ful in­tro­duc­tion for any­one re­search­ing this his­toric county.

‘This is a prac­ti­cal and use­ful in­tro­duc­tion’

Queen’s Col­lege on Ox­ford High Street in the 18th cen­tury

(in­clud­ing records of the fa­mous univer­sity) – which all give sug­ges­tions for fur­ther re­search. Lo­cal reg­i­ments and other mil­i­tary records are dis­cussed, and there

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