For family historians who live in Berkshire... and for those researching Berkshire ancestors
page updated Wednesday, 19th November 2014
NEW CD—Berkshire War Memorials (pre-1974 Berkshire) Read more
NEW CD Berkshire Marriages CD (Third Edition) with new transcriptions from 50 more Berkshire parishes and non-parochial registers + banns in some cases. Holds details of 580,000 people Find out more
On this day in early twentieth century history
18th November 1910 Becomes "Black Friday", as suffragettes and police clash violently outside parliament after the first Conciliation Bill fails: a suffragette, Ellen Pitfield, later dies from her injuries
19th November 1901 In London, a small group of enthusiasts form the Motor Cycling Club — an association for those who ride the new, commercially produced machines
20th November 1917 British tanks and infantry enjoy first day successes in an offensive against German positions in the Battle of Cambrai
21st November 1922 James Ramsay MacDonald defeats John Clynes by five votes, to become leader and chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party
22nd November 1913 The Spectator reports unfavourably on attempts by Oxford University to fix its sporting rules to protect English-born freshmen from having to compete against foreigners admitted to the university
The society welcomed Dr Nick Barratt, the keynote speaker, together with 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. As well as the speaker sessions, delegates made full use of the advice desks and visited the many stands in an extensive display area. Berkshire Record Office and findmypast supported the event.
The printed conference programme can be seen in the Members' Area.
"Thank you for a fascinating day of lectures, lecturers, and everything else that made up an excellent day."
"It was a most enjoyable and informative day"
"Thank you for such a well organised, comprehensive and interesting day. I left feeling that I had not wasted a minute and had enjoyed them all."
Register for Members' Area NEW Baptism, Marriage and Burial data added.
NEW The Conference Programme is now in the Members' Area, complete with synopses, suggested further reading and recommended websites.
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 - with more coming later this month!
findmypast - NEW—Lots more early probate records now online (And findmypast is where you can find many Berkshire Baptisms, Marriages and Burials transcriptions too)
British Newspaper Archive - 9.1 million pages, 290 old UK newspaper titles, among them Berkshire Chronicle, Reading Mercury, (including 1914 to 1918) 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, 25th November—drop-in advice at Wokingham library
Next meeting Computer Branch (Woodley) on Wednesday, 19th November
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, 19th November 2014
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