New Editor for the Historian
A New Editor for the Berkshire Family Historian is wanted
The present editor will be stepping down in February 2016, and a replacement is being sought. While the responsibilities of the role and the desirable skills of the new editor are detailed here, enthusiasm and literacy are the most important requirements, as well as time available and a readiness to learn. (The present editor readily admits that most of what she now knows about producing a substantial magazine was learned on the job.)
Do not be put off by the thought, on looking at the current magazine, that this is not exactly what you could or would want to produce. Change is in the air, and the Executive will be looking for someone with fresh ideas about the future of the Historian.
Production of a 40-page issue each quarter is no lightweight task, but it is enormously rewarding. The magazine has dozens of regular contributors, and the results that they produce are invariably gratifying. Readers are almost always appreciative. For someone who enjoys working independently, and who takes pride in seeing their efforts culminate in a finished product well received, editing the Berkshire Family Historian is an unbeatably satisfying job.
The new editor (who need not necessarily be a society member, nor even live in Berkshire) would be welcome to take up the reins earlier than March 2016 if available, and the retiring editor will be happy to help, if wanted, in the changeover period. If the post of editor (unsalaried, of course, as are all society officers, but expenses will be paid) appeals to you, take a look at the job description on www.berksfhs.org.uk/editor. Feel free also to contact the present editor or the society’s secretary to ask more questions with, of course, no obligation.
For family historians living in Berkshire... and those with Berkshire ancestors
page updated Thursday, 16th April 2015
Berkshire Family History Society is at the NEC in Birmingham this month for this unique UK family history event. Visit the society's stand (72 and 73) in the family history society section. Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th April from 9.30 until 17.30 daily. More information
Help with your family history research
WHEREVER they came from find them at Berkshire's foremost facility for family history research — the society's Research Centre in Reading. Open to all, and with FREE ACCESS TO KEY ONLINE RESOURCES and informed help in how to use them most effectively in your own research.
Friday, 17th April — Advice at Thatcham library
Tuesday, 5th May — Discussion Group - Charts, Books & Programs
Tuesday, 28th April — drop in advice at Wokingham library
In Abingdon, Bracknell, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Woodley. Visitors always welcome April's programme
Abingdon Meeting 20th April Q&A session
Reading Meeting 17th April Birth and Baptism in the 1800s
Register for Members' Area Log in to see what's new
NEWCASTLE, NORFOLK, even NORTH HINKSEY ...WHEREVER they came from, you can find them at the society's Research Centre in Reading. Open to all. FREE ACCESS TO KEY ONLINE RESOURCES and informed help in how to use them effectively.
The Genealogist — NEW — first Tithe Maps online (Buckinghamshire, Leicestershire, Middlesex and Surrey) and tithe apportionment records
findmypast — NEW — more School Admissions Registers and Log-Books just added — and findmypast has many Berkshire Baptisms, Marriages and Burials transcriptions too
British Newspaper Archive— 10.7 million pages, from 403 old UK newspaper titles, including Berkshire Chronicle, Reading Mercury and Windsor and Eton Express
Ancestry — search WORLDWIDE resources — not just 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 too
Tuesday, 7th April — Research Centre Discussion Group The group looks at criminal records and how to find the black sheep in your family. Open to all
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 ◊ More
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 use 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
Have you seen the new Ordnance Survey Open Map — Local yet?
Or searched Prisoners of the First World War records on the International Committee of the Red Cross website?
page updated Tuesday, 7th April 2015
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