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Oxfordshire County Council

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/libraries_and_information
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): OXF, BRK

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Centre for Oxfordshire Studies (COS)
Central Library
Tel: 01865 815749
Fax: 01865 810187
[email protected]
Web: http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cos
Includes Oxfordshire Photographic Archive and Oral History Archive

Opening hours:

Check web site at http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/libraries for opening times and access information.

Monday: 0915-1700
Tuesday: 0915-1900
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 0915-1900
Friday: 0915-1700
Saturday: 0915-1700
Sunday: closed

Other Libraries:

Abingdon Library
The Charter
OX14 3LY
Tel: 01235 520374
Fax: 01235 532643

Banbury Library
Marlborough Road
OX16 5DB
Tel: 01295 262282
Fax: 01295 264331

Henley Library
Ravenscroft Road
Henley on Thames
Tel: 01491 575278
Fax: 01491 576187

Witney Library
Welch Way
OX28 6JH
Tel: 01993 703659
Fax: 01993 775993

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes.

Provided by local Record Office? Yes. Also Oxfordshire Record Office(ORO). Both COS and ORO carry out research along clear and specific lines into materials they hold. Advance charges payable are: �24 per hour (min. 0.25 hours, max. 2 hours). COS staff are unable to make searches of GRO indexes or National Probate Indexes

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations GRO Indexes (Births, Marriages and Deaths) on microfiche 1837- 2000 (England and Wales).
Overseas (military and civilian) births, marriages & deaths to 1994; War deaths (Boer, WWI, WWII); Regimental to 1924; Marine & Air to 1965

5. Census returns

1841-81. Oxfordshire (microfiche)
1841-51. Oxfordshire (printed transcript)
1861. Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire (computer)
1891. Oxfordshire and immediate neighbouring counties (microfiche)
1891. County of London (computer)
1901. Oxfordshire and immediate neighbouring counties (microfiche)
1901. Cpunty of London (computer)
Name indexes:
1841. Oxon
1851. Oxon and immediate neighbouring counties; also Devon & Norfolk
1861. Oxon
1871. Oxon
1881. England, Wales & Scotland (Latter-day Saints - computer & microfiche)
1881. Berks and Oxon (computer)
1891. Oxon, Bucks
(Oxon = post 1974 boundaries)

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Oxon & Berks 1783-1939
Universal British 1793-8 (England and Wales) - reprint
Pigot & Co. 1828/39 (England and Wales) - reprint
Holden 1811 (UK) - reprint
Post Office London 1902 (computer)

6(b) City and Town Directories

Oxford City 1846-1976
Abingdon 1892-1942 (gaps), 1949 - 1996
Banbury 1795-1974
Bicester 1829-1911 (gaps)
Henley area 1884-1976 (gaps)
Wantage 1877-1940 (gaps)

6(c) Telephone Directories

Oxford/Oxford area, 1845, 1944 to date
Reading area 1914, 1925, 1951 to date (gaps)
Thames Valley / Southe Midland area 1900. 1905, 1911, 1939

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Berkshire 1839-89 microfiche
Berkshire (Abingdon division) 1903-6 microfiche
Oxon 1832-1915, 1918-1938 microfilm
Oxford City 1832-1940 microfilm; 1989-2001 paper
Banbury 1836-50, 1865 photocopy

7(b) Poll Books

Abingdon 1768
Banbury (microfiche) 1835, 1841, 1859, 1865
Berks 1727, 1832 (microfiche)
Oxon 1754, 1826, 1831, 1837
Oxford 1768, 1790, 1796, 1802, 1806, 1812, 1818, 1820, 1825, 1826, 1830, 1832, 1835, 1837, 1868
Oxford University - various, 1721-1878
Wallingford 1832 (microfiche)

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

British Isles 1992 (microfiche) & Family History Library Catalogue (microfiche)
LDS British Isles Vital Records Index - 2001 editin (computer)

9. Unpublished Indexes

COS People Index (selective newspaper obituaries and biographical articles, 1820 to date)
Berks marriage index (grooms only) (microfilm) 1538-1837
North Berks marriage index 1538-1851 (computer)
Oxon baptism index 1538-1851 (computer - 80% complete)
Oxon burial index 1538-1851 (computer - 60% complete)
Oxon monumental inscriptions index (computer - 50% complete)

10. Parish Registers

Oxon. Family History Society transcripts of most parish and nonconformist registers in Oxfordshire (post-1974); and many monumental inscriptions transcripts. [See also section 9. for details of unpublished indexes by Oxfordshire Family History Society]

Oxon. marriage index (microfiche) 1538-1837
Berkshire Burial Index - 2003 edition (computer)
Digest of Berks and Oxon Quaker registers c.1650-1837
National Burial Index - 2004 edition (computer)
Pallot's Baptism Index 178-1837 (computer)
Pallots's Marriage Index 178-1837 (computer)

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Oxfordshire Family Historian, 1977- (also periodicals of family history societies in Berks, Bucks, Wilts, Glos, Warks)
Genealogists' Magazine, 1925 to date
The Genealogist. New Series, 1884 to date
Harleian Society - chiefly vols. of Heralds' visitation pedigrees & City of London parish registers
Burke's Landed Gentry / Peerage series, 1828-1999 (most vols.); also other compilers: Debrett, Kelly, Lodge, Cokayne
Genealogical Research Directory, national and international, 1982 to date

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Annual vols. of the following local record societies:

Banbury Historical Society, 1957 to date
Oxford Historical Society, 1884 to date
Oxfordshire Record Society, 1919 to date
Berkshire Record Society, 1994 to date

13. Other material

Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19 database (computer)
Army Roll of Honour 1939-45 database (computer)
National Probate Index - calendar of grants of probate and administration, 1858-1957 (microfilm)
Probate records - Oxford diocese, archdeaconry and peculiars, 1516-1857 (microfilm)
Index of Irish wills 1484-1858 (computer)
Oxford City hanasters (freemen) index, 1663-1871
Paupers of the City of Oxford 1853 - 1929

14. Guides to Collections

Check Oxfordshire County Council web site for brief family history guide:
Centre for Oxfordshire Studies
Oxfordshire Record Office www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/famhist

15. Local Record Offices

Oxfordshire Record Office
St Luke's Church
Temple Road
Tel: 01865 398200
Fax: 01865 398201
[email protected]
Web: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oro

Other information

Centre for Oxfordshire Studies microfiche/film readers can be booked for a small charge: �1 up to 3 hours; �2 up to a whole day.

Branch local studies centres (at Abingdon, Banbury, Henley & Witney Libraries)contain local sets of family history transcripts and indexes; most Oxfordshire libraries have some family history resources, e.g. microfiche copies of parish register transcripts, 1841-1901 census material. Check our website at
www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/libraries_and_information for opening times of libraries.