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 Advice Sessions
Individuals are welcome to utilise and copy website content, however, groups and organisations may not utilise or copy website content without our permission.
A new and ongoing project is researching the schools in Oswestry and the surrounding areas. The first part can be found under Family/Local History Help, but please keep checking back to the website as we will be updating the information on a regular basis. Under the same section are copies of three sketch books by Miss Pryce- Parry who lived at Plas Fynnon.
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
All of us here at Oswestry Family & Local History Group would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your enquiries and the information you have sent us throughout the year.
2016 started off for us on a very sad note, following the death of our group leader Tony Harrison last Christmas; but we were all determined to see the group continue as Tony would have wished and it has certainly been a very busy year for us.
Thanks to you all we have been kept busy answering many interesting questions. The card index to births, marriages and deaths in the local newspapers has finally been completed and the digitisation of newspapers currently held in paper format is continuing. There have been many new additions to our website, including more photographs and information on soldiers who served during the Great War. Another project to produce information on past Burgesses of the town is nearing completion and should appear on our website early in 2017. We have also moved on to several new projects researching breweries, schools, local houses and hospitals in the Oswestry area. During Oswestry’s Heritage Week, one of our members also gave a fascinating talk to visitors about what it would have been like to walk down Church Street in Oswestry at the beginning of the 20th century.
This year has also seen us embark on an attempt to raise funds to ensure future access to our wonderful newspaper collection and last month we enjoyed a fun evening in Oswestry Library when we invited along 4 local people, including the Town Mayor Paul Milner, to reveal their family histories in our own version of Who Do You Think You Are? At present our newspapers are stored on microfilm but the machines we use are very old and we often experience problems with them. We initially hoped to raise sufficient funds to buy a new machine but this now appears to be beyond our means, so we are now looking at the possibility of re-digitising the films into pdf format. We must at all costs preserve this wonderful source of political, social and family history not just for our use, but for the many researchers who will come after us. If you feel able to help us financially in this project, we would be extremely grateful.
Finally, it only remains for us to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. Let us hope that in 2017 you will be able to break down some of those brick walls and find even more ancestors. We look forward to hearing from you.
We have now got a Facebook page so you can keep up to date with talks and events that we are taking part in.
Ancestry has released over 1.6 million nursing records. Three collections of nursing registers and application forms held by the Royal College of Nursing and the Wellcome Library have been published on Ancestry. One of the records that they highlight is that of Agnes Hunt of the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopeadic Hospital.
Ancestry has now updated their National Probate Calendar with more than 6 million records covering 1973-1995. The calendar indexes the vast majority of probate cases in England and Wales since January 1858–so it’s a great resource for tracing your ancestors’ wills. It tells you where and when someone died, the date of the probate, and the value of their estate to help you discover their circumstances.
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The Oswestry Cemetery Project is well under way and the new website is up and running at:- http://www.oswestrycemeteryproject.org.uk/search.html
Old Photographs on Disc:- We have a DVD containing over 400 20th Century photographs of Oswestry. This can be ordered at our Drop-In Session on a Monday 10:00-12:00 or Friday 13:30-16:00 at Oswestry Library for just £6 each. This DVD is produced by kind permission of Abbey Colour, Church St, Oswestry. All photographs on DVD can be purchased at Abbey Colour.
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1st July 2016 – Oswestry & Border Veterans pre WW1 (not including Crimean War, which have their own section) has been added to Family/Local History Help
1st July 2016 – Grimpo Absent Voters list for 1918 listed by residence has been added to the website, see Family/Local History Help
11th June 2016 – Information on WW1 Soldiers who are on the Oswestry War Memorial at Cae Glas Park has been added to the website see Family/Local History Help
11th June 2016 – Moreton Parish Church War Memorial was loaned to us and we have copied it and it can now be found under Family/Local History Help
9th June 2016 – A new article about the life of ‘David Christopher Davies FGS : 1827 to 1885′ see Family/Local History Help
9th June 2016 – Version 5 of ‘Names Found on War Memorials by Village & by Name‘ has been added to the site see Photo Albums
9th June 2016 – Version 5 of ‘Names Found in our Photograph Collection‘ has been added to the site, see Photo Albums
9th June 2016 – The War Memorial section under Photo Albums has been expanded, with more to come.
27th Dec 2015 – A new reference document has been added, called Information about Ammunition Stores and Factories near Oswestry see Family/Local History Help
29th Sep 2015 – OF&LHG Resource Guide, this replaces all the individual guides that we had. This is a complete guide to all resources held at Oswestry Library see Family/Local History Help
4th Aug 2015 – We now have a copy of the Baptismal Parish Records for St Barbara’s Garrison Church, Ty Croes, Oswestry, Shropshire. 1953-1974. These are held on CD at Oswestry Library.
4th Jul 2015 – Version 4 of the Queens Park School History has been added, which now includes a School Photograph taken in 1918. see Family/Local History Help
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.)
Family/Local History Help 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.
Advice Sessions gives details of our free Help Sessions available at Oswestry Library. Our Monthly Advice Rota and what we have achieved so far.
Contact Us provides 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