In February 2013, the Oxfordshire Family History Society established a geographic DNA project for Oxfordshire. The main aim of the project is to identify DNA in its various forms that might be characteristic of the county.

The project is open to anybody – male or female – who can document a strong family association with the county either on the paternal or maternal lines. At a minimum, a participant’s Oxfordshire roots should go back more than three generations and at least to the mid-to-late 19th century.

To learn more about the project, and about DNA in general, visit the project website on the FamilyTreeDNA website. If you have already had your DNA tested and want to join the Oxfordshire Geographic DNA Project, you can do so there. If you have questions, you can contact the project administrators, Susan Honore and Richard Merry, at

You can also visit the appropriate page on the Oxfordshire Family History Society’s news blog to learn more about the project.