For family historians living in Berkshire... and those with Berkshire ancestors
page updated Monday, 3rd August 2015
Berkshire Family History Society has been in the forefront of family history research for 40 years. In this anniversary year, members have some extra benefits to look forward to, including a special 40-page anniversary publication (plus four copies of the Berkshire Family Historian). And some special activities are taking place too, marking this major milestone in the society’s history.
For members yet to renew, don't miss out! Renew your membership now
NEW SERIES STARTS Thursday, 13th August
Could you edit a magazine?
Enjoy working with words? Shaping and polishing text? Maybe you are someone who would find production of the society's quarterly Berkshire Family Historian, a rewarding and stimulating experience. If you use DTP software regularly, you might find fun in piecing page layouts together too.
If you are a wordsmith, a layout wizard, or a bit of each, why not get in touch?
WHEREVER they came from this society helps you to find them. The Research Centre in Reading, gives you FREE ACCESS TO KEY ONLINE RESOURCES and guidance in how to use these resources effectively.
Or you might want to drop into a library outreach session for some advice, or come along to a local meeting.
Branches meet monthly in Abingdon, Bracknell, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Woodley.
SOUTHAMPTON, SURREY, even STANFORD IN THE VALE ...WHEREVER they came from, use the society's Research Centre in Reading to find them.
Open to all. FREE ACCESS TO KEY ONLINE RESOURCES and informed advice on how to search them effectively..
The Genealogist — NEW — Railway workers' records + Berkshire Tithe Apportionments
findmypast — NEW — New criminal petitions just added; findmypast offers Berkshire Baptisms, Marriages and Burials transcriptions too
British Newspaper Archive — with 11.3 million pages, from 458 old newspaper titles, including Berkshire newspapers from 1770 onwards
Ancestry — search WORLDWIDE resources — not simply UK records
The Centre is in Reading, next to Berkshire Record Office—home of original records of the pre-1974 Royal County—including those of Vale of the White Horse and North Berkshire. FREE on-site parking
Berkshire Baptisms CD ◊ Details of content and coverage
NEW 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
NEW Berkshire and the War Second Edition ◊ Find out more about impacts, home and abroad, on Berkshire during the years of the First World War
NEW Berkshire War Memorials CD ◊ Details
Berkshire Probate Index CD 1480-1857 ◊ What wills can tell you
An Historical Atlas of Berkshire ◊ read a review
Berkshire Monumental Inscriptions ◊ Places and dates
Join society volunteers to transcribe records of the pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire. Present programme
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. And almost all Berkshire FHS CDs are fully browsable and searchable, unlike those from some other societies.
If you are willing to check transcriptions against original records held at Berkshire Record Office in Reading, or if you have experience in assembling and building CDs, the society would be pleased to hear from you. Find out what's involved
What's new in the archives? Check the latest accessions to the UK's archives for important material that is unlikely to be found online.
Irish ancestors? Catholic parish registers are now online at the National Library of Ireland website. (Probably the most important sources of information in Irish family history research before the 1901 census.)
page updated Monday, 3rd August 2015
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