We have just finished loading the last of the Soldiers on the WW1 Roll of Honour and WW1 Newspaper Articles & Letters which can be found under the Photograph Section.  The articles have no soldiers names in them but the letter section includes photographs of soldiers and medal awards.



We are delighted to tell you that thanks to match funding generously given by Bedstone Educational Trust, the digitization of the Border Counties Newspaper microfilms, in Oswestry Library, can now go ahead. On February 8th, the films will be sent to a firm in Manchester and the whole process should take about 4 weeks, so there will be some disruption to the look up service we offer but we are very excited about the future and the newspapers will now be preserved for the foreseeable future.

A very big “thank you” to all of you who have supported this venture.



We have just loaded to the Photo Album page an autograph book belonging to     Marion J  Thomas from WW1, containing sketches and poems from local soldiers.  This can be found under the Family Documents section along with a collection of sketches from the daughters Pryce-Parry of Plas Fynnon and a collection of photographs belonging to Major Dugdale from the Boer War.

We have a new story on the Articles page about an Oswestry Postman in WW1.


New to the Articles page is a collection of letters & cards sent from France in WW1 from Pte Fred Davies to his family in Gobowen.  The original collection has been given to Shropshire Regimental Museum in Shrewsbury, but you can view them here.

We have loaded to the family/local history section number 31, the completed Monumental Inscriptions, with photographs, for Maesbrook Churchyard.  The original MI’s were done by local Women’s Institute members and we have checked and updated their information and added photographs of the graves.



To All Our Friends and Customers.

Welcome to the home page of Oswestry Family and Local History Group. We are a group of approved volunteers, formed and hosted by Oswestry Library in Shropshire, UK. We are interested in family history and the local history of Oswestry and the neighbouring Shropshire/Welsh border region. To read more about the group see Contact us


Individuals are welcome to utilise and copy website content, however, groups and organisations may not utilise or copy website content without our permission.

February 2017

A new and ongoing project is researching the schools in Oswestry and the surrounding areas.  The first part can be found under Research Resources, but please keep checking back to the website as we will be updating the information on a regular basis.

We hope that you enjoy our photographs and articles and if you need help with any research please don’t hesitate to contact us, we look forward to hearing from you in 2017




Using our website

Roll of Honour helps you search for servicemen from Oswestry and the surrounding area mentioned in the Oswestry & Border Counties Advertizer’s Half Penny War Reports August 1914-January 1915.

Births, Marriages & Deaths (BMD) allows you to search various newspapers covering Oswestry, Montgomeryshire and Merionethshire between 1863 – 1877. (Cambrian News 1870, 1876 & 1877, Merionethshire Standard 1865, 1866 & 1868, & Merionethshire Herald 1863 now complete.)  Please don’t use the filter option for Salopian & Montgomeryshire Post

Research Resources provides helpful hints for your own family/local history research, including details of useful websites. Also lists of Local History Folders, Parish Records & Monumental Inscriptions, Converted Media and Parish Packs available in Oswestry Library. Copies of the Monumental Inscriptions for St Michaels, West Felton & St Chads, Haughton are held on this website. A copy of the Oswestry War Memorial Booklet. A file containing the Drawings of Mr Stanley Leighton from Sweeney Hall. The Story of Queens Park School, Oswestry. Documents containing information about Oswestry & Welsh Border area Crimean War Veterans.

Photo Albums of Oswestry and the surrounding area. Over 2500 Photographs/Slides/Negatives/Prints/Post Cards/WWI Newspaper Articles/WWI People.

Articles gives access to items of local and family interest. Some are about local people of national significance.

Group Projects provides information about projects we have completed

Contact Us  provides information about our help sessions and a form to help you make comments and ask questions should you wish. We will do our best to answer.


We would like to acknowledge the help and support given to the group by Oswestry Library and its staff.

Oswestry Library’s Local History Centre holds the second largest collection of local studies material in the county after Shropshire Archives including a Substantial Welsh Collection.

Details of Historic Documents/Books held in Shropshire Libraries/Archives can be searched for at: Shropshire History