Oxfordshire (OXF) lies to the north of Berkshire, a large length of the border between the two counties for many years being the River Thames.

Early in the 20th century, Caversham (previously in Oxfordshire) became part of Berkshire. In 1974 the Boundaries Commission assigned a number of parishes in the 'leg' part of the 'Berkshire boot' to Oxfordshire. This area included the Vale of the White Horse and parishes around Abingdon, including those bordering on the city of Oxford itself.

It is important for researchers to be aware that the vast majority of historic records for the pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire (including those for parishes in the Vale of the White Horse and north Berkshire) are held in the Berkshire Record Office in Reading - see www.berkshirerecordoffice.org.uk for more details


Resources for Oxfordshire itself (that is pre-1974 Oxfordshire and the modern county) can be found at Oxfordshire History Centre, St Luke's Church, Temple Road, Cowley, Oxford OX4 2HT see www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxfordshirehistory for more information.

Oxfordshire has its own family history society that meets monthly at Kidlington, north of Oxford.

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page last revised 19 September 2011


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