For family historians living in Berkshire... and those with Berkshire ancestors
page updated Tuesday, 14th July 2015
The new membership year started on 1st July. Why wait? — join today. Membership to 30th June 2016
Renewals were due by 1st July. The June Berkshire Family Historian contained your renewal form. If you have not already done so, please renew at once.
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This popular TV series is back soon with more family history and familiar faces.
Could you be the next magazine editor?
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 the society can help you to find them. Use the Research Centre in Reading, come to a library drop-in or why not try out a local society meeting? FREE ACCESS TO KEY ONLINE RESOURCES and informed advice on how to get the most from them.
Saturday, 25th July — meet us at the Bucks FHS Open Day in Aylesbury
Tuesday, 28th July— drop in advice at Wokingham library
Branches in Abingdon, Bracknell, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Woodley. Visitors are always welcome.
RICHMOND, RUTLAND, even READING ...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 get the best from them.
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 — now with 11.1 million pages, from 441 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
Irish ancestors? Catholic parish registers are now online at the National Library of Ireland website. These are probably the most important sources of information in Irish family history research before the 1901 census.
A project involving The National Maritime Museum, The National Archives and the Crew List Index Project (CLIP) means that you can search online for details from surviving First World War Merchant Navy crew lists for 1915. Search for details of 36,000 voyages, and names and personal details of 750,000 seamen.
page updated Tuesday, 14th July 2015
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