For family historians living in Berkshire... and those with Berkshire ancestors
page updated Thursday, 21st May 2015
The Computer Branch hosts the AGM at the Oakwood Centre, Woodley on Wednesday, 17th June at 19.30, followed by a talk from Ian Waller on Wicked Wikis. M0re details
The new membership year starts from 1st July. Renewal forms can be found in the June edition of the Berkshire Family Historian which will be sent in the next few days.
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If you enjoy working with words, shaping and polishing text, you would find producing the society's quarterly journal, the Berkshire Family Historian, a rewarding and stimulating experience. If you are confident using DTP software, you might gain extra satisfaction from piecing page layouts together too.
Ideal candidates would combine both attributes — but don't rule yourself out if your talents lean more in one direction than the other.
WHEREVER they came from you can find them with the help of Berkshire Family History Society. Use the Research Centre in Reading, come to a library drop-in or why not try out a local society meeting? FREE ACCESS TO KEY ONLINE RESOURCES and informed advice on how to get the most from them.
Tuesday, 26th May — drop in advice at Wokingham library
Tuesday, 9th June — drop in advice at Bracknell library
In Abingdon, Bracknell, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Woodley. Visitors always welcome What's happening in May?
Next month — coming up in June
OSWESTRY, OXFORDSHIRE, even OLD WINDSOR ...WHEREVER they came from, use the society's Research Centre in Reading to find them.
Open to everyone, with FREE ACCESS TO KEY ONLINE RESOURCES and informed advice on how to get the best from them.
The Genealogist — NEW — have you used the online Tithe Maps and tithe apportionment records?
findmypast — NEW — Nottinghamshire Baptisms and Burials, Quaker records, UK apprenticeship records and cemetery records just added — findmypast offers Berkshire Baptisms, Marriages and Burials transcriptions too
British Newspaper Archive— 10.9 million pages, from 412 old UK newspaper titles, including Berkshire newspapers from 1770 onwards
Ancestry — search WORLDWIDE resources — not simply UK records
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 too
Tuesday, 2nd June — Research Centre Discussion Group looks back at aspects of the eight research areas discussed since last September. Open to all — with cake and drinks too.
Berkshire Baptisms CD ◊ Details of content and coverage
NEW 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
NEW Berkshire and the War Second Edition ◊ More
NEW Berkshire War Memorials CD ◊ Details
Berkshire Probate Index CD 1480-1857 ◊ What wills can tell you
An Historical Atlas of Berkshire ◊ read a review
Berkshire Monumental Inscriptions ◊ Places and dates
Join society volunteers to transcribe records of the pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire. Present programme
Quality is all. What's the use of unreliable information? Or details that cannot be searched easily and accurately?
Berkshire Family History Society does not publish unchecked material. And almost all Berkshire FHS CDs are fully browsable and searchable, unlike those from some other societies.
If you are willing to check transcriptions against original records held at Berkshire Record Office in Reading, or if you have experience in assembling and building CDs, the society would be pleased to hear from you. Find out what's involved
Two of the UK's oldest towns just happen to be in the pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire but which ones?
Records of some of our Berkshire ancestors can be found in the probate documents of the Consistory Court of Salisbury and the Court of the Dean of Salisbury, now held at Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.
page updated Thursday, 21st May 2015
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