Catalogues at the Oxfordshire History Centre | Oxfordshire County Council

Catalogues at the Oxfordshire History Centre

Many holdings can be searched online - but some older catalogues exist only as card indexes.

Many of our Archive and Local Studies holdings can be searched by keyword through Heritage Search, the online catalogue for heritage holdings of Oxfordshire County Council. Check our guide on how to use Heritage Search (pdf format, 64Kb)

Our Photographic and Oral History collections can be searched by keyword or collection name through Picture Oxon, our online store of 300,000 image catalogue records, 5,000 sound recording catalogue records, and 100,000 digital images.

Many earlier catalogues are available only as card indexes. To consult these, you will have to visit Oxfordshire History Centre.

Catalogues not yet online

The earlier catalogues of the History Centre were created on index cards and can only be consulted at the centre.

A broad overview of where collections can be found:

Administrative records

  • Quarter Sessions and Clerk of the Peace: the only online catalogues are of some mid-19th Quarter Session papers
  • Boroughs: Oxford City has no catalogues online
  • Coroner: no catalogues online

Church of England

  • Diocese and Archdeaconry of Oxford – an overview catalogue of the Diocesan archive can be found in the discovery section of The National Archives site.
  • Parish records: the parishes are gradually being re-catalogued, at which point the new catalogues go online.  More than three-quarters of the parish catalogues are now available electronically.

Deposited records

Most nonconformist church records are catalogued online.  The other classes of deposited records (for example, of estates, businesses, organisations and individuals)  have a range of catalogues, many are not available online.

Local studies collections

Most printed collections are now available online on OLIS, the Oxford University library catalogue  and Heritage Search .

Books and pamphlets

Oxfordshire County, Oxford City and University books

  • mostly available on Heritage Search
  • some early printed material (pre-1820), periodicals and trade directories only listed on card catalogues at Oxfordshire History Centre.


Tithe and Enclosure Maps

The handlists for our Tithe and Enclosure holdings are available to download on our map resources page.

District valuation

District valuation maps and survey books dating from 1910 are available to search on our District valuation page

Ordnance Survey maps

  • largely uncatalogued
  • holdings lists of County Series and National Grid plans available at Oxfordshire History Centre.

Other printed historic maps



  • holdings lists are available online

Miscellaneous local and family history microfilms

Record transcripts

  • Transcripts of Oxfordshire parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials; nonconformist registers – we hold a full set of these, as published by Oxfordshire Family History Society
  • Transcripts of Oxfordshire church and churchyard monumental inscriptions - we hold a full set of these, as published by Oxfordshire Family History Society
  • Catalogue records for all these transcripts can be found listed on Heritage Search, by searching for the place-name and keywords “OT transcript”

Photographs and prints

The collections contain more than 500,000 photographs taken since the 1850s.

Last reviewed
20 October 2017
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