For family historians who live in Berkshire... and those with Berkshire ancestors
updated Tuesday, 27th September 2016
Autumn programme in full swing
BRANCHES meeting monthly in ABINGDON, BRACKNELL, NEWBURY, READING, WINDSOR and WOODLEY Visitors are always welcome
OUTREACH Regular help and advice offered in libraries at Bracknell, Cippenham, Newbury, Slough (The Curve), Thatcham, Tilehurst and Wokingham, provided by society volunteers. See Calendar
Discussion Group meets on 4th October to look at Commercial and Trade Union records
Family history news you may have missed
General Registrar's Office of Ireland's civil registers of births, marriages and deaths now online (and FREE) at Irish Genealogy
Keep up to date on Irish family history developments with Claire Santry's Irish Genealogy News
Have you read the thoughtful post on the Future of Genealogy Software on Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter?
GRO Certificate Ordering Since 1st September, new and existing customers are asked to validate their email addresses when logging into the online certificate ordering service
Shakin' Stevens — family history inspires new album
MEMBERS' AREA has BERKSHIRE DATA that is UNAVAILABLE anywhere else Register now
DISCUSSION LIST Post questions and comments. Tap into the collective expertise of members worldwide.
Follow @BerkshireFHS on Twitter. Join Berkshire Genealogy on Facebook.
NOW is a good time to join (or rejoin) the society. Discover more
LATEST MAGAZINE Read it online in the Members' Area. A few members have yet to renew! Don't lose your benefits. Renew here now
Your one-stop shop for family history
CARDIFF, CHESHIRE, even CHARNEY BASSETT... WHEREVER they came from find them at Yeomanry House — with friendly help and informed advice where needed.
RESEARCH CENTRE IN READING at Yeomanry House
FREE on site parking, FREE ACCESS and FREE USE of FIVE KEY Online resources FINDMYPAST • 1939 REGISTER • ANCESTRY • THE GENEALOGIST • BRITISH NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE The Centre is next 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 .
FINDMYPAST — Cheshire baptisms, marriages and burials recently added. AND this is where to find many, not all, Berkshire parish register transcriptions Explore website
1939 REGISTER for 20th century research — dates of birth, single and married names and more. Some records still closed More details
THE GENEALOGIST — NEW Occupational records added, from 16th century onwards Find out more
BRITISH NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE — 15.6 million page images, 683 titles — from the Aberdare Times to the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer Your ancestors — more newsworthy than you might think!
ANCESTRY — search WORLDWIDE — NEW Nursing records recently added Go to website
Publications to help your Berkshire research
NEW EDITION Berkshire Baptisms Second Edition CD ◊ Explore 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
PLUS Parish Register CDs and more Buy any item at Yeomanry House or explore the Bookshop online
Who Do You Think You Are: New series
New volunteers are always welcome. Join the team that is actively transcribing and publishing records of the pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire.
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 some 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
updated Tuesday, 27th September 2016
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