For family historians who live in Berkshire... and for those researching Berkshire ancestors
page last updated Wednesday, 22nd October 2014
NEW CD—Berkshire War Memorials (covers pre-1974 Berkshire) was launched at Saturday's conference at Theale. 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. There are now details of 580,000 individuals Find out more
THANKS to everyone who came to Theale to make it a truly memorable occasion—delegates, speakers and volunteers. Some early 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"
"A period of history often seen only in terms of WW1 so that the lives of our most recent ancestors can get overlooked"
"All of the sessions I attended were of very high quality. A really excellent day and I came away with lots to think about."
21st October 1930 In London, 200 guests attend the first Foyles Literary Luncheon at the Holborn Restaurant, that features Lord Justice Darling as guest of honour
22nd October 1910 At London's Central Criminal Court, Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen is convicted of the murder of his wife, Cora, after becoming the first criminal to be detained with the help of wireless telegraphy
23rd October 1911 Italians pioneer the use of airplanes in warfare as Captain Carlos Piazza flies the first aerial reconnaissance mission in history over Turkish forces in Libya
24th October 1906 After causing disturbances in the lobby of the House of Commons the day before, 10 suffragettes are found guilty of 'using threatening and abusive words and behaviour with intent to provoke a breach of the peace' and are committed to prison as common criminals
25th October 1920 Terence McSwiney, Sinn Fein Lord Mayor of Cork City and member of the Irish Republican Army, dies in Brixton Prison, London after a 74-day hunger strike
20th October: Behind the scenes at Berkshire Record Office Completed
supported by Berkshire Record Office and findmypast
Register for Members' Area NEW Baptism, Marriage and Burial data added
Derby, Dorset, even Didcot...
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!
NEW DISCUSSION GROUP Meets next on Tuesday, 4th November—all welcome
findmypast - NEW—4.5 million British Army records, over a quarter of a million Irish newspaper articles and thousands of British inheritance and Court of Chancery records. (And where to view many Berkshire Baptisms, Marriages and Burials transcriptions too)
British Newspaper Archive - Over 8.9 million pages, 280 old UK newspaper titles, includes Berkshire Chronicle, Reading Mercury, (1914 to 1918 just added too) 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
How the society can help your research
Tuesday 28th October—drop-in advice at Wokingham library
DISCUSSION GROUP Next time—come down to the Research Centre: Tuesday, 4th November from 7 pm—Wills and probate records Open to all
Meetings - all family historians welcome
Windsor Branch meets on Tuesday, 28th October
Berkshire family and local history publications
NEW Third Edition Berkshire Marriages CD ◊ Places and dates
NEW Berkshire War Memorials CD
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
Make records of the pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire more accessible for more people
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, 22nd October 2014
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