Oxford County Branch of Ontario Ancestors (The Ontario Genealogical Society) was founded in 1979 and is dedicated to supporting and promoting genealogical research in Oxford County.
Our Resource Centre
82 Light Street, Court House Square, Woodstock Ontario
Parking for Volunteers and Visitors is available in the horseshoe shaped lot off Graham Street (between the Courthouse and Public Health) and will be available to anyone, free of charge, as well as the lot across Graham Street behind the Woodstock Library (lots are marked in Green on the map). Limited street parking is also available. The south side of Buller Street is usually a good spot to check. The County has agreed that our volunteers who have a valid handicap parking permit can continue to park in the handicap spots in the lot off Light Street.
City parking bylaw staff will be monitoring the three "employee only" lots (marked in red) and will be ticketing vehicles without County permits. Therefore, to avoid a ticket, please park in either the horseshoe shaped lot off Graham St. or in the lot across Graham St., or on the street as appropriate.
If you are researching Oxford County or live in the area and would like to interact with other genealogists, consider membership in our Branch. Full membership in the
Ontario Genealogical Society ($63.00) is a prerequisite, plus $12.00 for membership in the Oxford Branch. Further details on membership are available at the O.G.S. website.
Our members are located across North America. View the map below to locate the communities in which our 2019 members resided.
Our quarterly newsletter, The Tracer, contains news about the Branch, the Ontario Genealogical Society and the newest additions to our library and family history collection. It also contains interesting articles and transcriptions of original documents with genealogical relevance to our members. Researchers can post queries in The Tracer regarding information they are seeking about their family history. The newsletter is sent out free of charge to Branch members in February, May, August and November.
Researchers will find that networking with others can be very helpful in the pursuit of their family roots. Joining our Facebook Group is a good way
to post queries and to connect with others researching their Oxford County ancestors. Our group is private but we accept all those who are doing genealogical
research in Oxford, just tell us the surnames that you are researching.
Our Group can be found here
Our research library has a large and growing collection of resources and reference material for use by members and non-members. It is located at 82 Light Street, Court House Square, Woodstock, ON. The research library is a non-lending, private library that is open to the general public Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., except on holidays and a few weeks at the end of December. Volunteers are on hand to assist with locating material and providing instruction on the use of equipment. Our collection includes family histories for more than 500 Oxford County families, cemetery transcripts for the more than 100 cemeteries in Oxford County, census indexes and microfilm, directories, maps and atlases, Tweedsmuir history books, school histories, voters lists and old newspapers on microfilm, As well, there are some resources with vital statistics and other records for neighbouring counties. The library is equipped with copy machines, microfilm and microfiche readers and provides a comfortable environment in which to research your family roots.
We offer an extensive hands-on resource collection with volunteers available to help you discover your family history. For researchers unable to visit our library, volunteers will do a limited search
on the resources in our library.
See Services Page.
In 2019 our Resource Center has been visited by researchers from the localities marked on the following map.
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In addition to visitors to our Resource Centre in Woodstock we receive requests for research from around the world