Oxfordshire libraries have a wide variety of printed books and resources to help you start researching your family history, with more books available at the bigger libraries.


The Oxfordshire History Centre in Cowley has full facilities and copies of all records and local studies material for the county. Other libraries also have smaller collections relating to family history and local studies for their area.

All libraries provide free access to Ancestry Library Edition and Find My Past through the Reference Online service. These are very powerful resources for family historians, and include access to a wide variety of information, including:
• British censuses 1841–1911
• GRO Birth, Marriage and Death indexes 1837-2006
• Divorce indexes 1858–1903
• London parish and poor law records
• National Probate Calendar (Index to Wills and Administrations) 1858-1966
• British Army service and pension records 1914–1920
• British Army Medal Roll index cards 1914–1920
• UK incoming passenger lists 1878–1960
• Passenger lists leaving UK 1890–1960
• Soldiers Died in the Great War
• Army Roll of Honour 1939–45
• US federal census 1790–1930
• Australian convict transportation registers and passenger lists

Family history helpdesks

The family history helpdesk at Oxfordshire County Library is staffed by experienced volunteers from the Oxfordshire Family History Society who can help you to get started and also give advice if you have already embarked on researching your family tree.

The Oxfordshire Family History Society also offers one-to-one help and advice sessions.

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