Dear OXSIL User,

You are receiving this e-mail message because you have registered surname interests on the Oxfordshire Surname Interest List.

The two OXSIL co-admins, Bill and Paul, are working hard to keep OXSIL up-to-date and relevant to the needs of its users.

To this end, we would like to begin sending you a monthly message with details of the surname interests that have been added to the database as well as related news we believe will be of interest.  See the two items below as examples.

Whatever news we want to share, it will always be relevant to what OXSIL seeks to be – a resource to help genealogists and family historians find others researching the same surnames in the towns and villages of the County of Oxfordshire, England.

If you would rather not receive a monthly message from us – even one that could offer a chance to win a free Y-DNA test! – please let us know by replying to this message and we will remove your e-mail address from our mailing list. We will still include you in any administrative announcements we need to circulate. Just to be clear: we will not share your details with any third party.

If you’d like to get in touch, we’d love to hear what you think of the service and whether it has been useful to you in your research into Oxfordshire surnames.

Best regards

Bill Seary and Paul Brazell
OXSIL co-admins


Recently added surname interests

Visit the website for a list of surname interests added in the month of March 2017


DNA linking service

Have you had your DNA tested and are keen to find relatives who are willing to join your DNA project? Are you a female with no close male relatives but want to trace your Oxfordshire surname using DNA? Are you interested in DNA testing for your Oxfordshire family and would like to share the cost with other (potential) genetic cousins?  If so, please consider registering your interest in DNA linking dna, a service provided by OXSIL in cooperation with the Oxfordshire Family History Society, to enable users to find others with a shared interest in DNA testing. See http://www.oxsil.org.uk/dna/dna-link/ for details.


Oxfordshire Surname Project

The Oxfordshire Family History Society has launched a new Oxfordshire surnames research project, examining surnames recorded in Oxfordshire parish registers from 1538 onwards, currently estimated at up to 20,000 key variants. The team is also using many other early recorded sources to build a comprehensive database of Oxfordshire surnames. The project team is appealing for help in a number of ways:

  • Those who have a good recorded family history in Oxfordshire or who manage a one-name study would be welcome to contact the team with a brief description and their contact details, so that when their surname is analysed they may be able to participate in submitting content for that name.
  • People who have been DNA tested and are not yet part of the Oxfordshire DNA project on FamilyTreeDNA are welcome to join the project. As an incentive, OFHS has donated the cost of six Y-37 tests to be won in a competition. Any male (or female who could persuade a male relative to take the test) is eligible.
  • If you are keen to help, there are a number of pan-Oxfordshire resources the team needs help in transcribing. Please get in touch with them you are able to help.

See the OFHS blog for more details of the project and the competition.