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.


On the 8th November 2016 4 Local brave people have agreed to let us shake their family trees in order for us to raise money for a microfilm/fiche scanner, they are;

Councillor Paul Milner, Oswestry Town Mayor

Colin Channon, Editor of Oswestry Advertizer

Iain St. John, Editor of Oswestry Chronicle

Julie Johnson, Oswestry Library Staff Member

If you want to know what their ancestors got up to please join us in Oswestry Library on 8th November 2016 at 7.00 p.m.  tickets cost £5 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink) can be obtained before hand at Oswestry Library.

If you can’t make it and would like to donate some money towards a new microfilm/fiche scanner,  as our present one is very ancient, please send your donations to OFLHG c/o Oswestry Library or contact us via our website.

August 2016

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