For family historians who live in Berkshire... and those with Berkshire ancestors
page updated Sunday, 21st August 2016
Latest family history news
Activities start again in earnest in September. The Discussion Group meets on 6th September to look at Other Religious records (not parish registers).
On 8th, 10th and 11th September, the society joins the celebration of Reading's heritage at Yeomanry House in the Heritage Open Days programme.
Branch meetings resume too: the first is at Newbury on 14th September.
Some benefits of membership
BERKSHIRE DATA UNAVAILABLE ELSEWHERE can be found in the Members' Area Register now
DISCUSSION LIST The place to post your questions and comments, tapping into collective expertise of society members worldwide. See the latest exchanges on How Best to Store Digital Photographs and also the information on Berkshire Marriages on Findmypast.
Follow @BerkshireFHS on Twitter. Join Berkshire Genealogy on Facebook.
NOW is a very good time to join (or rejoin) the society. A new membership year has just started Discover more
DON'T LOSE YOUR BENEFITS! (for a few 2015/16 members) If you have yet to renew for 2016/17, Renew now
How the society can help your research
Branches meet regularly in ABINGDON, BRACKNELL, NEWBURY, READING, WINDSOR and WOODLEY Visitors are always welcome
There is regular help with family history research in libraries at Bracknell, Cippenham, Newbury, Slough, Thatcham, Tilehurst and Wokingham, provided in every case by society volunteers. See Calendar
Use the society's Research Centre in Reading to find your ancestors
OSWESTRY, OXFORDSHIRE, even OLD WINDSOR... WHEREVER they came from find them at Yeomanry House — with friendly help and informed advice where needed.
FREE on site parking FREE ACCESS and use all of these FREE too! FINDMYPAST • 1939 REGISTER • ANCESTRY • THE GENEALOGIST • BRITISH NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE
The Centre is in Reading, 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 — Black Sheep in the Family? Over 2.5 million Criminal and Prison records for England and Wales just added. AND many, not all, Berkshire parish register transcriptions are here too Go to website
1939 REGISTER for 20th century research — dates of birth, single and married names and more. Some records remain closed More details
THE GENEALOGIST — NEW Early military records added, from 16th century onwards Find out more
BRITISH NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE — 15.3 million page images from 663 UK and Irish titles — from the Aberdare Times to the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer It is surprising how newsworthy your ancestors were!
ANCESTRY — search WORLDWIDE here — 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
The society is always pleased to welcome a new volunteer. You could 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
... and what's new for family historians?
Wills are vital in Family History Here's one that is 400 years old
Discovery, the online catalogue of The National Archives Help to make it even better
Explore London — street by street with Collage Try it now
IRISH ANCESTORS? Church of Ireland registers and their locations
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