For family historians who live in Berkshire... and those with Berkshire ancestors
page updated Monday, 20th June 2016
REMINDER TO MEMBERS Unless you recently took up the extended membership offer (from April 2016) your membership renewal fees, unchanged for a fifth successive year, are due for the year starting on 1st July. Renew now
THINKING OF JOINING? It is the ideal time in the year to join the society. Discover more
Wednesday, 8th June — Shaw House, Newbury Society members took full advantage of a fine summer evening to explore this Grade I listed Elizabethan building, built in 1581 by Newbury clothier, Thomas Dolman. After a short society AGM, Trevor Sapey, Educational Officer for the Mary Rose Trust, gave a lively and informative talk on the Mary Rose and the lives of her Tudor seamen. Artefacts, including rope and original oak timber from the vessel, and replica items — ranging from instruments of the barber surgeon to personal effects of the crew — were explained and passed round the audience. A highly successful evening. More details
Discover more about the Mary Rose
One in a series of UNIQUE EVENTS to mark the 40th anniversary of the formation of Berkshire Family History Society.
BERKSHIRE Baptisms Second Edition Full content and coverage
PURLEY, SULHAM, TIDMARSH Parish Registers
BINFIELD All Saints Parish Registers Find out more
BERKSHIRE Monumental Inscriptions Collection, Volume 2 Find out more
DRAYTON St Peter Monumental Inscriptions More details
Meetings in Abingdon, Bracknell, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Woodley. FREE to attend — visitors welcome at all meetings
Society volunteers give frequent help and research advice at Bracknell, Cippenham, Newbury, Slough, Thatcham, Tilehurst and Wokingham libraries. See Calendar for details
Read June's Berkshire Family Historian (mailed 3rd June —Renewal forms for 2016/2017 were also enclosed).
BERKSHIRE DATA UNAVAILABLE ELSEWHERE — Surnames — from the main society publications, Index to Feet of Fines for Berkshire (1740-1760), Electoral Register and Poll Book data, and more.
Discussion List (members only) Lively and helpful recent exchanges on Family Tree programs. The best place to post your questions and comments.
Follow @BerkshireFHS on Twitter and 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 at the Centre
The Centre is in Reading, next door 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 ADDITIONS to the Surrey Marriage Index and West Yorkshire Marriages. Many, not all, of the society's Berkshire parish records transcriptions 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 — 14.6 million page images from 646 UK and Irish titles. The South Bucks Standard recently added, with plenty of Berkshire content. Are your ancestors mentioned?
ANCESTRY — search WORLDWIDE here — NEW Electoral Registers, Land Tax records and Prison records for Gloucestershire Go to website
MANCHESTER, MIDDLESEX, even MOULSFORD... WHEREVER your ancestors came from, find them at the Research Centre — with informed help and advice on hand if you need it.
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 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. 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
DNA evidence overturns an inheritance case Read more
What IRISH genealogical records are available online? Find out exactly what's free and what's not by reading John Grenham's blog entry for 13th June 2016 here
Online index to Lincoln Consistory Court wills 1701-1800 Find out more
page updated Monday, 20th June 2016
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