For family historians who live in Berkshire... and for those researching Berkshire ancestors
page last updated Wednesday, 29th October 2014
NEW CD—Berkshire War Memorials (covers pre-1974 Berkshire) Read more
NEW CD Berkshire Marriages CD (Third Edition) with additional transcriptions from 50 more parishes and non-parochial registers, banns too in some cases. Now contains details of 580,000 individuals Find out more
THANKS to all who helped to make it a truly memorable occasion, delegates, speakers and volunteers. Read delegate feedback below.
Special thanks go to our speakers: Dr Nick Barratt, Captain Graham Bandy, Paul Blake, Peter Christian, Joan Dils, Lucy Lethbridge, Professor June Purvis, Alex Ritchie, Jayne Shrimpton, Dr Margaret Simons, Ian Waller and Lieutenant-Colonel Bob Wyatt. The event was supported by Berkshire Record Office and findmypast.
"An excellent conference"
"The conference was SUPER. I really can't think of anything that could be improved. My only regret is that I could not attend every lecture, the topics were all so interesting."
"May I add my thanks for an excellent conference to those already received. The whole day was so well organised and real value for money with such excellent speakers."
28th October 1908 Three suffragists of the Women's Freedom League, Muriel Matters, Violet Tillard and Helen Fox, unfurl a banner from the House of Commons Ladies' Gallery as Matters and Fox chain themselves to a window grille, forcing the authorities to remove it with protesters still attached, before the locks are filed off in a committee room
29th October 1929 After the 'bull' market of the 1920s, "Black Tuesday" sees the biggest stock market fall in history as more than 16 million shares are traded on Wall Street, sparking widespread panic (and heralding an unprecedented and long-lasting economic depression for the United States and the world)
30th October 1901 In South Africa, Eastern Transvaal Boer commandos of Generals Grobler, Brits, Viljoen and Louis Botha attack the rearguard of Colonel Benson's No 3 Flying Column as it marches to base camp in the Battle of Bakenlaagte
31st October 1901 Reading Corporation Tramways comes into being as the town council buys the horse tram network from Reading Tramways with the intention to electrify and extend the service
1st November 1922 Licences are introduced for radio receivers — those for British Broadcasting Company apparatus cost 10 shillings (a huge sum for the time) for other receivers the cost is 15 shillings
supported by Berkshire Record Office and findmypast
Register for Members' Area NEW Baptism, Marriage and Burial data added. Conference material and programme will be added here soon.
WHEREVER your ancestors came from...find them at the Research Centre in Reading—Berkshire's foremost facility for family history research. Open to all and with KEY ONLINE RESOURCES - and more coming!
DISCUSSION GROUP Meets on Tuesday, 4th November—all welcome
findmypast - NEW—Greater London and Warwickshire burial records and Somerset electoral registers (And findmypast is where you can find many Berkshire Baptisms, Marriages and Burials transcriptions too)
British Newspaper Archive - Over 9 million pages, 282 old UK newspaper titles, includes Berkshire Chronicle, Reading Mercury, (1914 to 1918 included) and Windsor & Eton Express
Ancestry search WORLDWIDE resources—not just UK
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
Tuesday, 4th November DISCUSSION GROUP At Research Centre from 7 pm — Wills and probate records Open to all
Tuesday, 11th November—drop-in advice at Bracknell library
Reading Branch meets on Thursday, 30th October
NEW Third Edition Berkshire Marriages CD ◊ Places and dates
NEW Berkshire War Memorials CD ◊ Details
Berkshire Maps CD OS 1881-1887 ◊ 51 maps, gazetteer and index
Berkshire Baptisms CD ◊ Details of content and coverage
Berkshire Burials CD ◊ Places and dates
Berkshire Probate Index CD 1480-1857 ◊ What wills can tell you
An Historical Atlas of Berkshire ◊ read a review
Quality is key. Who wants unreliable information? Or details that can't be searched intelligently?
Berkshire Family History Society does not publish unchecked material. Almost all Berkshire FHS CDs are fully browsable and searchable, unlike those from some other societies. The projects team needs more people willing to check transcriptions against original records which are held at Berkshire Record Office in Reading. And it would be good to hear from you if you have experience in assembling and building data CDs.
Why not join in and help? Find out what's involved
page reviewed and revised Wednesday, 29th October 2014
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