Fairs and open days

Welcome to the fairs and open days page.

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The society usually supports national shows like Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE. (The 2017 Birmingham show was the last and the event is now discontinued).

Berkshire Family History Society continues to support selected family history fairs, open days and workshops staged by local organisations and other family history societies.

At events like these, you can usually buy CDs and other items from a growing range of society publications, including transcriptions of original Berkshire Parish Registers, an index to Berkshire's probate records and full details, with photographs, of monumental inscriptions.

If you have ancestors from the historic 'old' county of Berkshire, transcriptions in the three Berkshire BaptismsBerkshire Marriages, and Berkshire Burials CDs (containing some 2 million names in total) are essential finding aids.

These CDs include parish records in North Berkshire and the Vale of the White Horse too.

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.

Visit the online shop for details of all current publications and how to buy them.

An extensive Berkshire Search facility (including the publications mentioned above) is usually available at most events too.

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All Centre Events

Welcome to this introductory page about events taking place at The Centre for Heritage and Family History in Reading Central Library.

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Exciting events taking place January-March 2018

A Beginners' Course in family history

FIVE Afternoon talkswith tea and cake — featuring expert speakers with a passion and flair for their subject to inform and entertain you

A first guided walk in Reading

Tuesday Evening tours of The Centre

FOUR Lunchtime drop in sessions on different topics

Tuesday evening ‘Natter Groups’ (informal discussion at The Centre on the first Tuesday evening in the month)

A Saturday Workshop on family history websites

Many of these are FREE events.

For others, a modest fee is payable. Society members can benefit from generous discounts on fees for those events where fees are payable. Just one more feature that makes membership such good value.


The Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire RG1 3BQ.

Phone: 0118 950 9553


The venue is fully accessible for wheelchair users. It has a lift and disabled toilets. Disabled parking places are generally available directly in front of the library (maximum stay four hours).

Getting here

Download the 'How to find us' leaflet


Free parking is available for those attending events held in the evening or on Saturdays - please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Secure your place at your chosen event

Use this link to book your places.

Page revised 7th January 2018

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