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Oxfordshire FHS meeting - Monday 22 April 2013

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Oxfordshire FHS meeting - Monday 22 April 2013

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The next meeting of the Oxfordshire Family History Society will take place on Monday 22 April 2013. It will be held at the usual venue at Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1AB. Doors open at 7.15pm for coffee, help with both genealogy and computers, and the bookstall.

The subject of the talk at 8.00pm is “London Ancestors", which will be presented by Howard Benbrook.

Howard tells me that his talk will reflect on his personal journey as he researched his London ancestors. London is one of the largest cities in the world, and has been for hundreds of years. It has been a magnet for migrants from all corners of the globe and that continues to shape it now. Researching London families throughout history can be an especially daunting task ; even defining just what you mean by "London" is a challenge, because it has changed so much over the years. Howard has ancestral trails in London going back more than 250 years and this has led him to explore London resources more than most, particularly in the East End. In this highly personalised journey, some of which has been less than pleasant, he will illustrate those resources he has found most helpful - particularly the record offices, books, websites and maps. Howard prefers an interactive style in his talks and certainly doesn’t want to suggest he’s knows every single London resource - so folks are invited to join in !

Our speaker Howard Benbrook is a prominent member of the Guild of One-Name Studies and has served on its Committee. He retired in 2003 after a long career in the computer industry as a technical trainer and training manager. For many years he was the Guild’s Bookstall Manager, and small crowds would gather around Howard’s stall as he demonstrated software such as Surname Atlas to hundreds of interested genealogists at family history fairs. Howard has been researching his family’s history for nearly twenty years and, as his father’s ancestors were all Cockneys, he has taken a special interest in London subjects. Intrigued by his uncommon surname, he’s made a particular study of its origins and this led to his membership of the Guild.

All members, potential members and their guests are welcome.

For directions as to how to get to the Exeter Hall, please see :-

For a list of future OFHS meetings, please see :-

Any queries, please contact me.

Paul Gaskell
Publicity Officer
Oxfordshire Family History Society

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