For family historians who live in Berkshire... and those with Berkshire ancestors
page updated Monday, 25th April 2016
Join today and enjoy membership to 30th June 2017 at no extra cost. Find out more now
UNIQUE EVENTS to mark this anniversary, featuring the best in social and family history.
WEDNESDAY, 8th JUNE — Shaw House, Newbury From 6.30 pm there's a chance for members and visitors to look around this Grade I listed building, built in 1581 by Newbury clothier, Thomas Dolman. After a short society AGM, Trevor Sapey, Educational Officer for the Mary Rose Trust, talks about the Mary Rose and the lives of her Tudor seamen, bringing with him original artefacts (and replicas) found during excavation of the vessel. These will be available for you to examine and handle.
Practical Conservation Workshop Over 30 people enjoyed a highly informative event on 14th March, led by Linda Connell, Director, National Needlework Archive and Sue Hourigan, Senior Conservator, Berkshire Record Office. We all have plenty to do to conserve our many documents, photographs and textiles properly for them to survive for and benefit future generations. Damp, dust, moths and moulds — look out, we're coming for you. Find out what you missed!
BERKSHIRE Baptisms Second Edition CD ◊ 777,000 names, 102 parishes Full content and coverage
Other NEW publications include PURLEY, SULHAM and TIDMARSH Parish Registers (one CD) and Berkshire Monumental Inscriptions Collection, Volume 2 — Find out more
There's a new 1877 OS MAP of READING in colour too — scale 15 inches to one mile
Monthly meetings in Abingdon, Bracknell, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Woodley. FREE to attend — visitors welcome
Help and advice sessions across Berkshire
NEW IN THE MEMBERS' AREA — UPDATED list of surnames from the society's main CD publications + Index to Feet of Fines for Berkshire (1740-1760) and Electoral Register and Poll Book data.
BACON, BROAD, FLETCHER, RANDALL and WESTALL families featured recently on the Discussion List.Also Ada HARRISON (née GODWIN), born 1870.
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 society's Family History Research Centre in Reading
Society volunteers offer help and research advice at Bracknell, Cippenham, Slough, Thatcham, Tilehurst and Wokingham libraries. See Calendar
In Reading, next to Berkshire Record Office — holding 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
FREE USE — FIVE ESSENTIAL RESOURCES
findmypast — NEW Easter Rising and Ireland under Martial Law 1916-1921 + Many, but not all, society transcriptions of Berkshire parish records are here too.
BROWSE AND SEARCH The 1939 Register taken on 29 September 1939 FREE at the Research Centre — find dates of birth, single and married names and more. Some individual records remain closed.
The Genealogist — NEW 900,000 Essex parish records and 158,000 Worcestershire parish records + Tithe Maps in colour for Surrey and Westmorland.
British Newspaper Archive — over 14.2 million old newspaper pages, from 615 past and present UK and Irish titles. NEW Faringdon Advertiser and Vale of the White Horse Gazette Were your ancestors mentioned?
Ancestry — search WORLDWIDE resources here — not just UK records.
SHEFFIELD, SURREY, even STEVENTON... WHEREVER your ancestors came from, drop into the society's Research Centre to find them — with informed help and advice on hand if you need it.
NEW 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 in the years of 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
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
West Yorkshire records have been added to Deceased Online
Durham has new additions too at Durham Records Online
Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter is a must-read for researchers — Visit website
Follow the society on Twitter @BerkshireFHS and join the Berkshire Genealogy group on Facebook — open to members and non-members of the society.
page updated Monday, 25th April 2016
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