Who we are:
The Oxford Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society was founded in 1979 and is dedicated to supporting and promoting genealogical research in Oxford County.
- To promote, encourage and foster the study of Genealogy and genealogical research in the Province of Ontario.
- To collect and preserve information, books, manuscripts, typescripts, charts, maps, photographs, microfilms, microfiche and related material relevant to genealogical study.
- To encourage and instruct members in the ethical principles, scientific methods and effective techniques of genealogical research.
- To publish and distribute books, bulletins and other printed material to further the foregoing objectives of the Society.
- To raise funds for any of the foregoing objectives and to accept donations, gifts, legacies and bequests.
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 2018 members resided.
- Meetings are held on the second Monday on the month at 6:45 p.m. (except July, August and December)
(If the second Monday of the month is a holiday the meeting will be moved to the third Monday of the month.)
- We meet at the Woodstock Public Library, 445 Hunter Street, Woodstock, ON, unless otherwise posted. (See events page)
- September is a joint dinner meeting with the Oxford Historical Society.
- We feature a variety of speakers and topics.
- The public is always welcome and there is no admission charge.
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. Members may submit an unlimited number of queries for publication in our newsletter "The Tracer" and/or on our website at no charge. Non-members may submit up to four queries per year at no charge. Please indicate that your query is for the newsletter and/or the website.
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 Research Page.
In 2017 and 2018 our Resource Center was visited by researchers from the localities marked on the following map.
Zoom out to see more distant visitors
In addition to visitors to our Resource Centre in Woodstock we receive requests for research from around the world