Events and Open Days

Meet volunteers from Berkshire Family History Society at outreach and advice sessions and other events held during the year across Berkshire and central southern England. See Events Calendar for details. An extensive Berkshire Search facility (including society publications) is usually available on a PC at most of these.

Outreach and advice sessions

The society is expanding its outreach programme in line with its charitable objectives. Society volunteers give their time to run regular drop-in advice sessions at many of Berkshire's libraries, including those at Abingdon, Bracknell, Cippenham, Mortimer, Slough, Thatcham, Wantage and Wokingham.

NEW Tilehurst from March 2016. Look out for details of more events in other locations in historic Berkshire.

The Events Calendar shows this month's sessions.

Just collect your names. dates and questions, bring them with you, and get some friendly research advice and some help and ideas in breaking down those brickwalls - wherever your ancestors came from.

The society hosts occasional open evenings at Berkshire Record Office in Reading, where you will find almost all of the surviving original records of the pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire, including those for the parishes of the Vale of the White Horse, and Abingdon/North Berkshire.


National and regional events

Berkshire FHS at Hampshire GS Fair 30 Sep 2012

Chad Hanna and Tony Roberts at the Hampshire Genealogical Society event in 2012 at Horndean. Photograph by Gillian Stevens

These include national shows like Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE, family history fairs, and open days and workshops staged by other family history societies and local organisations.

At these events, you can usually buy CDs and other items from the society’s growing range of publications. These include indexes and transcriptions of original Berkshire Parish Registers, an index to Berkshire's probate records and full details, often with photographs, of many monumental inscriptions. Other items for family and local historians include historic maps,  directories, electoral rolls, calendarised Berkshire overseers’ papers, Berkshire coroners’ reports and CDs covering Berkshire and the First World War and Berkshire War Memorials.

If you are researching ancestors in the historic (pre-1974) county of Berkshire, the transcriptions contained in the Berkshire Baptisms CD, Berkshire Marriages CD, and Berkshire Burials CD (together containing some 2 million names) are essential finding aids. These CDs include the parishes of North Berkshire and the Vale of the White Horse and much more besides.

The Shop has details of current publications and how to buy them.


Always check date, time and detail of an event before you travel. Very occasionally, there can be a late change in arrangements.

Page last reviewed and revised 6th February 2016

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