♦   A host of new Oxfordshire data, usually including BMD images, has been mined, courtesy of Ancestry.   There is more data still to come from the same source.
 First Name:  Last Name: Birth Married  

  • This web site is dedicated to the family histories of my wife and me and our children and grandchildren.   My wife is Irene Hartwell.  I am Dave Foster.  
  • My ancestors come mainly from Liverpool and other parts of Lancashire, from Nottinghamshire, Worcestershire, and Ireland.   Irene's mother comes from Kaernten in Southern Austria; her father's ancestors are mainly from the Bucks, Northants, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire areas.   Our children and grandchildren's ancestors add Cumbria, Cheshire, Herts, Norfolk, Essex, Scotland and Wales.
  • Because Irene and I have no shared children, our genealogies are kept separate.   However, each of us appears twice on this site, once in our own tree and once as a spouse in the the other person's tree.   For this reason, there is a Same Person link near the top of each of our individual record pages.
  • PLACES SPECIAL TO US:   Over on the right of this page is an image randomly chosen from a list of places that are special to us or our ancestors.  
  • SLIDE SHOW:   At the top of every other page on this site - except this Home page - you can see images of ourselves, our children and our ancestors.   It changes every few seconds.
  • AUNT LOUISA:   The story about how several of us together finally cracked a long standing mystery across the pond in the USA, is here.   It has everything - perseverance, false trails, clues found in attics - and a little bit of luck!
  • IMPORTANT:   You MUST: register to see living people.      We take the privacy of living people very seriously.   If you wish to view information about living individuals, you must be registered in the system.   The registration procedure is explained here.
  • ERRORS:   If you find errors, have any problems, suggestions or additions, please report them here.
  • AND ANOTHER THING!  Irene paints.    To see her work, just click here.

 Places significant to our families
Bob Ferguson, Dave's grandfather, was born in Dungannon, NI in 1878.  This image is of Church Street.
Bob Ferguson, Dave's grandfather, was born in Dungannon, NI in 1878. This image is of Church Street.

 Using this web site
  • FINDING PEOPLE:  There are a number of ways to find a person.  They include:
    ♦   Easiest is the simple Search people here: form at the top of every page.
    ♦   Or use Find People ▶Advanced search in the MAIN MENU on the left of every page.
    ♦   Or use Find People ▶Surnames from the MAIN MENU on the left of every page.
    ♦   If you know the forenames of a married couple, but neither surname, try the Find People ▶Find family search from the MAIN MENU on the left of this page.
  • PERSON DISPLAY EXAMPLES:  The ways of viewing a person's record include:
    ♦   the default individual display.
    ♦   several forms of ancestry display, like this vertical ancestry chart.
    ♦   several forms of descendant display, like this compact descendants chart.
  • HELP:   Clicking the HELP menu (bottom left) will take you to our help facility.   This will help you, for example, to find a person; to see the many different views we have about a person; to find relationships between 2 people; to look at census data - and lots, lots more!