For family historians who live in Berkshire... and those with Berkshire ancestors
page updated Wednesday, 20th July 2016
Good wishes go to Theresa May, the first Berkshire MP to become Prime Minister. Not only does she have a 19-year record as the member for the Maidenhead constituency, she has ancestral links with Berkshire too.
REMINDER TO MEMBERS Unless you took up an extended membership offer (from April 2016) your renewal is now due. Renew today
THINKING OF JOINING? It is the perfect time to join (or to rejoin) the society. Discover more
LATEST CD publications
BERKSHIRE Baptisms Second Edition Full content and coverage
PURLEY, SULHAM, TIDMARSH Parish Registers
BERKSHIRE Monumental Inscriptions, Volume 2 Find out more
NEW edition of Wokingham St Sebastian's MIs — municipal cemetery and extra content added. Earlier versions will be exchanged FREE OF CHARGE. Visit the Research Centre or email the Bookshop for details.
In July, the regular meetings in Abingdon, Bracknell, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Woodley are mostly replaced by VISITS. Where places are still available, non-members are most welcome to take part too.
Society volunteers give regular help and research advice at Bracknell, Cippenham, Newbury, Slough, Thatcham, Tilehurst and Wokingham libraries. See Calendar
Saturday, 23rd July the society will be in Aylesbury at the Buckinghamshire FHS Open Day and Family History Fair More details
BERKSHIRE DATA UNAVAILABLE ELSEWHERE.
DISCUSSION LIST The best place to post your questions and comments. Tap into the collective expertise of society members worldwide. Try it and see!
Follow @BerkshireFHS on Twitter. Join the Berkshire Genealogy group on Facebook.
WHEREVER they came from the society can help you to trace them
ANCESTRY, FINDMYPAST, 1939 REGISTER, THE GENEALOGIST, BRITISH NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE — ALL FREE TO USE
The Centre is in Reading, next to Berkshire Record Office — which holds original records of the pre-1974 Royal County—including those of Vale of the White Horse and North Berkshire . FREE on-site parking FREE ACCESS
FINDMYPAST — NEW Lots of county records, including Aberdeenshire, Banffshire, Devon, Durham, Essex, Kincardineshire, Middlesex, Northumberland, Worcestershire AND many, not all, of the society's Berkshire parish records transcriptions are here too. Go to website
THE 1939 REGISTER Browse or search — dates of birth, single and married names and more. Some records remain closed. More details
THE GENEALOGIST — NEWLY ADDED fully searchable Norfolk parish registers + digital page images Find out more
THE BRITISH NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE — over 14.6 million page images from 656 UK and Irish titles. More editions of the Berkshire Chronicle recently added. Are your ancestors mentioned?
ANCESTRY — search WORLDWIDE here — NEW Parish records for Norfolk and Somerset. Go to website
NEWCASTLE, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, even NEWBURY... WHEREVER your ancestors came from, find them at the Research Centre — with friendly help and informed advice on hand too.
Berkshire Baptisms Second Edition CD ◊ Content and coverage
Berkshire Marriages Third Edition CD ◊ Places and dates
Berkshire Burials CD ◊ Places and dates
Berkshire Maps CD OS 1881-1887 ◊ 51 maps, gazetteer and index
Berkshire and the War Second Edition CD ◊ Impacts, home and abroad, on Berkshire's men and women during the First World War
Berkshire War Memorials CD ◊ Details
Berkshire Probate Index CD 1480-1857 ◊ What wills can tell you
An Historical Atlas of Berkshire ◊ Review
Berkshire Monumental Inscriptions ◊ NEW CDs available
Join the many volunteers who are actively transcribing and publishing records of the pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire.
Quality is all. What's the point of unreliable information? Or details that cannot be searched easily and accurately? Berkshire Family History Society does not publish unchecked material. Almost all Berkshire FHS CDs are fully browsable and searchable, unlike those of certain other societies.
If you can check transcriptions against original records at Berkshire Record Office in Reading, or have experience in assembling and building CDs, why not get in touch? Find out what's involved
Irish Genealogy Plenty of useful information on Claire Santry's website
The National Archives — War Diaries of units on the Western Front in the First World War available to read online or to download
IRISH genealogical records online? Find out what's free and what's not by reading John Grenham's blog entry for 13th June 2016 here
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