Calling all males with Oxfordshire ancestry – DNA needed

April 24th, 2018

For our Oxfordshire research project we are looking for males whose ancestry is in Oxfordshire before 1875 and hopefully much further back. If you have that ancestry and are willing to have a Y-DNA test to help us trace surnames in Oxfordshire and where they occurred please contact

Note also there is a big DNA sale on the week of 21-28 April 2018 so we encourage everyone to buy their tests this week.





Valentine’s week 2018 DNA sale

February 9th, 2018

Familytree DNA is having a sale which will end  at midnight on 14th February 2018 for the autosomal DNA test (can be taken by both men and women and will show you cousins going back to common ancestors about 5-6 generations ago). It a basic first step into DNA testing.

Sale price is $59 – down from $89. Please note postage to and from the US is extra.

If you have Oxfordshire ancestors going back before 1875, please order the test through the Oxfordshire DNA project which is at: . Click on the join button and follow instructions to order a test.


If you need help on understanding which kits are best for you and how to join/help the Oxfordshire DNA group with its DNA research, please email

DNA sale

November 14th, 2017

FamilyTree DNA have announced a DNA sale for Christmas. Do order your DNA kit(s) in this sale as it will be worth it. A perfect Christmas present for a relative. The Y-DNA tests have about a £30 discount and it is even cheaper if your order through the Oxfordshire project if you have qualifying Oxfordshire ancestry. If you need help on understanding which kits are best for you and how to join/help the Oxfordshire DNA group with its DNA research, plese email  Prices are below. Please note postage is extra.


Individual Tests Sale price Regular price
Family Finder (FF) $59 $89
mtFull Sequence (FMS) $169 $199
Y-37 $129 $169
Y-67 $229 $268
Y-111 $299 $359
Test Bundles Sale price Regular price
Family Finder + Y-37 $178 $238
Family Finder + Y-67 $278 $337
FF + mtFull Sequence $218 $268
FF + Y-67 + mtFull Sequence $442 $536
Upgrades Sale price Regular price
mt/mtPlus to FMS $119 $159
Big Y $475 $575
Y-12 to Y-37 $69 $109
Y-25 to Y-37 $35 $59
Y-37 to Y-67 $79 $109
Y-37 to Y-111 $168 $228
Y-67 to Y-111 $99 $129



DNA Testing

April 26th, 2017

Thank you for all who attended my talk on DNA testing yesterday. If you are interested in a test do go to and buy one before 28th April 2017 as there is a sale.

Those with good Oxfordshire ancestry going back in the county before 1880, for at least 3 generations, please join our Oxfordshire DNA group at There are also plenty of groups for individual surnames, so once you have bought your test, join those groups too. You can belong to as many groups as you like once you have paid for a test.

Smith family

February 7th, 2017

We have someone seeking information on relatives of Leslie Frank Smith and Kathleen Florence
Smith née Wickens of Foxborough Lane, Crawley circa 1940. If you have details contact us here at this site.

New Minster Lovell Book

April 13th, 2016

The book on those who served in the military in the 20th century is now available. You can buy via this website (‘Buy’ section) or by contacting Graham Kew’s shop.Book cover War book small

Those who served in WWI and WWII

November 11th, 2015

Armistice Day 2015


The long-awaited book on Minster Lovell people who served in WWI and WWII is coming to completion. if you have stories, pictures or any other information please get in touch quickly. Send a reply to this message or contact Graham Kew or Sue Honore. The book will be ‘closed’ 25th November 2015.





Dore family

November 11th, 2015

Someone is interested in finding out more on the Dore family who lived in Minster Lovell in the 1920s-40s – related to Frank Dore born Hailey c 1877 and his wife Eliza Hurford from Bridgewater in Somerset (married 1897 in Bridgewater). Contact from any living relatives who are descendants of Frank’s siblings, children of Charles Dore (b 1834) of Hailey would be appreciated.


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Maternal DNA test sale

March 28th, 2014

FamilyTreeDNA is having a 4 day sale on maternal DNA testing, so if you have always wanted to check out your mother’s mother’s mother’s line and find a few cousins then this might be the time to do it. If you have multiple generations of Oxfordshire ancestry on your mother’s line then please register for the test via our Oxfordshire project If not, go through the main site or find a suitable project via the project search capability.

Sale prices are as below:

mtDNAFullSequence: Addon and New Kits – was $199 US Now $139 US

mtHVR1toMEGA Upgrade: Was $149 US Now $99 US

mtHVR2toMEGA Upgrade: Was $159 US Now $89 US

If you haven’t tried DNA testing at all and have many generations of Oxfordshire family, then do please check out our Oxfordshire project. We are looking for more members, so we can trace Oxon ancestry, especially via surnames. We already have some Minster Lovell connections, so help make it more!

New edition of Graham Kew’s book on Minster Lovell

November 8th, 2013

The second edition of Graham Kew’s book containing history, walks, photos and legends on the village will be ready for Christmas 2013, priced at £9.99. To pre-order please phone Graham on 01993 775262.Grahams 2nd edition book 2013