Almost everything you could wish to know about genealogy in Oxfordshire is on the GenUKI page for Oxfordshire, but listed below are some of the main points.
If you are looking for ancestors in Oxfordshire it is strongly recommended that you join the Oxfordshire Rootsweb Genealogy Mailing List. It also has a searchable archive
OXSIL (Oxfordshire Surname Interest List)
You can find out if anyone else is researching your Oxfordshire surname on the OXSIL website.
Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS)
The OFHS website offers a wealth of useful information, including how to obtain Oxfordshire parish records on microfiche.
University of Oxford
- Alumni Oxonienses. Members of the University from 1500 to 1886 are listed in these eight published volumes, with brief details. It can be bought on CD, and is also available at all good libraries.
- Oxford University Archives
- Oxford College Archives
- Individual colleges also have their own websites.
Parishes of Oxfordshire
Parish churches in the diocese
To find out if an Oxfordshire parish church has a home page, go to A Church Near You website.
County and city council sites
The Oxfordshire County Council website has a wealth of useful pages hidden away about schools, cemeteries, libraries, and other general information. If you are only interested in the city of Oxford itself, the Oxford City Council website can be useful too: use the search box.
Oxfordshire Heritage Search
Search most Oxfordshire sources (including the Oxfordshire Photographic Archive) in one go with the Oxfordshire Heritage Search
Oxfordshire History Centre
The Oxfordshire History Centre in Cowley holds
- primary source material, such as original parish registers, school log-books, and church papers
- secondary sources, such as censuses on microfiche, directories, printouts of parish registers, and photocopies of maps.
Local Oxford city newspaper
The Oxford Mail archive only goes back to 1998, but can give you interesting information about people in the county who currently bear your surname. Early newspapers are available on microfilm on the top floor of the Central Library and at the Oxfordshire History Centre in Cowley. They have over a hundred local titles published since 1643. The only ones properly indexed, however, are the issues of Jackson’s Oxford Journal from 1753 to 1790.
This excellent archaeological and historical journal about Oxfordshire is gradually being put on line, and the index of all its articles is available.