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Banburyshire Family History

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Personal Family History Web Sites

  • Dave Ayriss
    The Ayriss Family
  • Jack Blecowe
    Blencowe Families' Association
    Lots of information on the Blencowes (and variations) of Brackley, Bicester and Kings Sutton
  • Dennis Cakebread
    Den's Pages
    Family History of our Cakebread, Gregory, Harrison, and Cookson Ancestors in ... Bloxham. Bourton. Cropredy. Steeple Aston
  • Peter Cook
    Cook Family Website
    The WELLER line 'appears' in Banbury, Oxfordshire c1790, the MOBLEY family is from Kings Sutton, Northamptonshire, but probably originates back over the border in Oxfordshire
  • Peter Cook
    Surname Index to "Banbury - A History"
    Index extracted from the 1984 Reprint by Oxfordshire County Libraries which was taken from Volume 10 of the "Victoria History of the County of Oxford"
  • Dave Foster and Irene Hartwell
    Dave Foster and Irene Hartwell Family Trees English family are all from Banburyshire and Bucks. Direct ancestors' surnames are Baker, Blackamore, Blake, Blencowe, Byles, Cole, Cox, Davis, Edwards, Finch, Gentle, Green, Hale, Handy, Harbage, Hartwell, Hayward, Hewins, Hopkins, Lines, Lovell, Marshall, Moss, Pargiter, Prentice, Roberts, Robins, Sabin, Sergeant, Smith, Tenant, Turner, Vane, Watts, Webb, Whetstone, Woolhead.
  • Richard Kendell
    Richard Kendall's Ancestors
    Ancestors (some back to the 1500s) with 300 different surnames from Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire. Village photos. Trade guide extracts
  • Fay McKenzie-Edmonds
    Northamptonshire Wills
    Mostly transcripts of will for WATTS and related families the parish of Sulgrave and surrounding areas.
  • Isabel Miles
    CRIPPS - BOYLAND - EVERETT - TAYLOR families
    Researching the CRIPPS family from Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire who migrated to South Wales in the 1850's.
  • Patrick Mould
    MOULD Family Genealogy
    Research of the MOULD, MOLD, MOLE surnames worldwide, research projects include the MOULD Surname DNA Project, pedigrees, ancestry, et. al.
  • John Plester
    PLESTER: Just six per million of the population, but a very Banburyshire name.
  • Rosemary Probert
    Rosemary's Web Pages
    Families from Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and many other counties in England and Scotland.
  • Peter Wharton
    Family Tree for Wharton and Milne
  • Ann Williams
    Collins and Wise families from Bloxham Oxfordshire
  • Rod Wise
    Wise Family Tree
    Wise family of Banbury, Town Criers, Gaolers, Sargeants at Mace, Clerks of the Market, Inspectors of Weights, Publicans and Gardeners

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Family & Historical Societies

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GenUKI

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Look-up Exchange

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Mailing Lists, Forums and Message Boards

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Maps

  • Banburyshire Maps : Maps of Banbury and surrounding villages and hamlets from 1833 to the present day

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National Sites

This is a limited list of some of the key, free, websites of use to family historians:

  • Family Search (LDS) : Church of the Latter-day Saints
    The largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world, including the International Genealogical Index ( IGI), Ancestral File, the 1881 census, their Library Catalogue, details of Family Research Centres etc....
  • RootsWeb Home Page : The internet's oldest and largest Free genealogical community
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
  • FreeBMD : FreeBMD is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free internet access to the transcribed records and original images.
    Note that this index is not complete
  • FreeCEN : This project aims to provide a "free-to-view" online searchable database of the 19th century UK census returns
  • FreeREG : The FreeREG Project's objective is to provide free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records, which have been transcribed from parish and non-conformist church registers in the UK.
    Please note that FreeREG is a work in progress - and volunteers are always welcome!
  • Historical Directories is a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919. It contains high quality reproductions of comparatively rare books, essential tools for research into local and genealogical history.
  • Guild of One-Name Studies (GOONS) : A one-name study is a project researching all occurrences of a surname
  • ViewFinder : The photographs on ViewFinder are all held by the National Monuments Record, the public archive of English Heritage

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Local Record Offices, Archives, Libraries and Museums

  • Banbury Library & Centre for Banburyshire Studies (COBS)
    Marlborough Road
    Banbury
    Oxfordshire OX16 5DB
    Telephone: 01295 262282 No website
  • Banbury Museum, Horsefair, Banbury
    Open: April to September.
    Telephone: 01295 259855
    The museum tells the story of "Banburyshire" and is housed in the old boardroom of the Poor Law Guardians. The museum holds a large collection of photographs and glass plate negatives of the region. (No website?)
  • Granary Museum of Bygones
    Butlin Farm, Claydon, Banbury, Oxfordshire.
    Telephone: 0129 589 258
    Housed in a former granary and cowshed, the displays show 19th and early 20th Century material from the homes, farms, offices and craftsmen's workshops of North Oxfordshire.
  • Swalcliffe Barn
    Known locally as the Tythe Barn, Swalcliffe Barn was built between 1400 and 1409, and it is one of the dozen best barns in the country, with much of its mediaeval timber half-cruck roof intact.
  • Edge Hill Battle Museum
    Farnborough Hall, Farnborough, Banbury
    Telephone: 0129595 89593
    On 23 October 1642, the Parliamentary Army, clashed at Edge Hill with the Royalist Army commanded by King Charles 1. Thirty thousand Englishmen fought this, the first major battle of the English Civil War.
  • Cogges Manor Farm Museum
    Church Lane, Cogges, Witney
    Telephone: 01993 772602
    A farm and Manor House as they would have looked in late Victorian times, with old-fashioned breeds of animals, period room displays and demonstrations of cooking, hand milking, butter-making, seasonal farm work, lacemaking, spinning, traditional crafts etc

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Surnames Lists

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Abbreviations, Terms & Definitions

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Villages

  • Adderbury, Oxfordshire
  • Aynho, "the Apricot Village" Northamptonshire
  • Banbury
    Banbury-Cross
    Banbury Town
    St Mary's Church Banbury
  • Bloxham
  • Bloxham Village Museum
  • Boddington parish website Contact: harding@upperboddington.wanadoo.co.uk - Simon Harding
  • Bodicote
  • Byfield "A Visit to Byfield in Northamptonshire"
  • Chacombe, Northamptonshire
  • Charlton-cum-Newbottle, Northamptonshire
  • Cherington "Little History of Cherington and Stourton", Warwickshire
  • Cherwell Valley News : includes: Ardley-with-Fewcott, Caulcott, Fritwell, Rousham, Somerton, Souldern, The Heyfords
  • Cropredy : Mewslade
  • Culworth, Northamptonshire
  • Deddington OnLine, Oxfordshire, Three villages in one parish: Deddington, Clifton and Hempton
  • Eydon, Northamptonshire
  • Farnborough : "A Little History of Farnborough", Warwickshire: 1821 census & "Notes from the pocket book of a Warwickshire bailiff, 1758"
  • Fritwell : includes: Ardley-with-Fewcott, Caulcott, Cherwell, Rousham, Somerton, Souldern, The Heyfords
  • Helmdon : includes Monumental Inscriptions for Helmdon, lists of names being researched there, and historical documents of genealogical value, including enclosure records, militia lists, directories, school records, etc.
  • Hook Norton, Oxfordshire
  • Horton
  • Kineton, Warwickshire
  • Kings Sutton : This is a new site, with lots of potential
  • Middleton Cheney History Society
    This is an informal group of people interested in the history of Middleton Cheney. Everyone is welcome to their meetings. You don't have to be a history expert to join but if you are, you will also be welcome!
  • Newbottle, Northamptonshire
  • North Aston : village website
  • Preston Capes : includes a section on genealogy and village history
  • Shalstone Genealogy Page : Buckinghamshire
    Heather Olsen's site established to share information with others who are researching ancestors who lived in the parish of Shalstone
  • The Church of St Edward the Confessor
  • Tingewick : The people of "Tingewick", Buckinghamshire
  • Water Stratford : The Church of St Giles
  • Warmington : Warmington Heritage Group
    The website aims to be a resource not only for members and friends but also for anyone with an interest in this area, its history and its people. Contact Liz Newman alecnewman@btinternet.com Jan2012
  • Westbury : Parish Records and a history of the Church and village
  • Woodford, Northamptonshire

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Northamptonshire

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Oxfordshire

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Warwickshire

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