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Famed for its world-class university, museums and a starring role in the Harry Potter movies, Oxford is a bustling city filled with university students and tourists, as well as homeowners. At the 2011 Census, Oxford's population was recorded at 151,900. The city is currently in a period of rapid growth, with a population increase of 12% during 2001-2011.
Whilst this prosperity is great news for the people of Oxford, it's not going to make it easy to find someone if you rely on old-fashioned methods. Here at White Pages, our people finding tools can help you track someone down at the click of a button, and all from the comfort of your own home.
To get started simply enter the person's name and as much information as you can remember from their address, into the search bar at the top of the page.
The rest of this guide will provide you with more information on Oxford's census records and archives, to further help you with your search.
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Oxford Electoral Register Archives
There are two versions of the electoral register: the edited version and full electoral register. White Pages offers you access to over a decade's worth of information from the edited version of the electoral register.
Since 2003, people have had the option to opt out of appearing in the edited version. However, their details will still appear in the full version, making it an invaluable tool if you're trying to find someone or learn more about your ancestry.
You can view the full version of the electoral register under supervision at certain official venues or at The British Library.
In Oxford, you can view current and historic copies of the full electoral register at:
Oxfordshire History Centre
St Luke's Church
Oxfordshire History Centre holds electoral registers for the County of Oxfordshire and the City of Oxford. The Centre is open on Tuesdays 10am-5pm and Wednesday-Saturday 9am-5pm.
Oxford Central Library
Oxford Central Library holds Oxfordshire county electoral registers for Banbury & Henley Divisions for the years 1832-1888, 1890-1900 and 1918-1938. The Reference, Local & Family History collection is on the 2nd floor of the library and is open 9am-7pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-5.30pm Friday and Saturday.
Changes in City and County Boundaries
The county of Oxfordshire has undergone a number of boundary changes, with exchange of areas between Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire and Buckinghamshire. In particular, Abingdon, Didcot, Wallingford, and Wantage were transferred from Berkshire in 1974. You can see a full list of changes here.
If you’re searching records in one of these areas from an earlier period, prior to the district becoming part of Oxfordshire, you’ll need to refer to archives from their previous county.
The city of Oxford is divided into 24 wards, they are as follows:
- Jericho and Osney
- St. Margaret's
- Headington Hill & Northway
- St. Clement's
- Hinksey Park
- St. Mary's
- Iffley Fields
- Rose Hill& Iffley
- Northfield Brook
- Blackbird Leys
- Lye Valley
- Cowley Marsh
- Quarry& Risinghurst
- Barton and Sandhills
If you're using White Pages to try and find someone in Oxford, entering their name along with one of these wards may help to narrow down the search results.
For More on Oxfords Local History
Oxfordshire History Centre (mentioned above) offers a number of resources for researching local and family history. You can find historical books, newspapers and periodicals as well as transcripts of parish registers, census records and monumental inscriptions, original records, images and recordings. The Centre also offers free computer access to Ancestry Library, Find My Past Family History Websites and 19th century British Library newspapers.
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