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Tracing Your Oxfordshire Ancestors (Paperback)

A Guide for Family Historians

Local History Family History By Region

By Nicola Lisle
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing Your Ancestors
Pages: 200
Illustrations: 36
ISBN: 9781526723956
Published: 21st November 2018



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Oxfordshire has a proud history as an agricultural county, relying for centuries on the wool trade for its prosperity. It is also famous for the founding of Oxford University in the eleventh century and for the Morris Motors car factory established in Oxford in 1912. The county is richly endowed with churches, museums, stately homes, industrial heritage sites and other places of interest, all offering a fascinating insight into its past and its present.

In this informative and practical guide, Nicola Lisle explores Oxfordshire’s diverse history, including its industries and occupations, education, religion, transport, law and order, health services, leisure pursuits and the impact of both world wars. Each chapter includes details of relevant archives, libraries, online resources, further reading and places to visit, together with case studies and research tips.

This is an essential handbook for anyone with an interest in Oxfordshire local and family history, and is suitable both for beginners and for more experienced researchers.

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

WDYTYA? February 2019 – reviewed by Antony Marr

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About Nicola Lisle

Nicola Lisle is a freelance journalist and author specialising in local history, family history and the arts. She has lived in Oxfordshire for thirty years and has written numerous articles on various aspects of the county’s history for local and national publications. She has also contributed to several family history magazines including Who Do You Think You Are?, Your Family History and Discover Your Ancestors, and is the author of Tracing Your Family History Made Easy, published by Which? Books in 2011.

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