Fairs and open days

Welcome to the society's fairs and open days page.

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In past years, Berkshire Family History Society always supported national family history shows (for example, Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE — now a discontinued event).

In 2018, Berkshire Family History Society is supporting selected family history fairs, open days and workshops staged by local organisations and other family history societies.

At these events, you can usually buy CDs and other items from the growing range of society publications. 

If your ancestors lived in the historic 'old' county of Berkshire, transcriptions in three fully searchable 'compilation' CDs — Berkshire BaptismsBerkshire Marriages, and Berkshire Burials (containing some 2 million names in total) — are essential finding aids.

Other CDs include transcriptions of Berkshire parish registers by individual parish, indexes to Berkshire's coroners' records, poor law papers, probate records, First World War accounts (at home and abroad) and full details— with photographs — of monumental inscriptions for many parishes and burial grounds.

CDs include transcriptions of the records of North Berkshire and the Vale of the White Horse too.

Family and local historians will also want to see the historic maps, directories, electoral rolls, and a wide range of topographical and family history publications. Visit the online shop for details of current publications and how to buy them.

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

Berkshire Family History Society will attend these out-of county events (the links will open in a new window):

Saturday, 30th June — SWAG Fair (South West Area Group Family History Event) at the STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon, Wilts SN2 2EY  Get more details

Saturday, 28th JulyBuckinghamshire FHS Open Day at The Grange School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury HP21 7NH  More details

Saturday, 22nd September — The Family History Show, London at Sandown Park Racecourse, Sandown Park, Portsmouth Rd, Esher KT10 9AJ  Find out more

Saturday, 6th October — Oxfordshire FHS Family History Fair at Marlborough School, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1LP  First details

Saturday, 3rd November West Surrey FHS Open Day at Woking Leisure Centre, Kingfield Road, Woking GU22 9BA Details

Page reviewed and revised 16th March 2018

All Centre Events

Welcome. The Centre for Heritage and Family History is the home of Berkshire Family History Society at Reading Central Library. It is the new focal point for a wide range of events and activities designed for family historians (wherever their interests), for local historians and for others who simply enjoy learning more about the past.

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Overview of events April-June 2018

The Beginners' Course in family history was fully booked. Contact the Booking Administrator if you would like to go on the next one

FIVE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON TALKS with tea and cake, and featuring expert speakers with a passion and flair for their subject to inform and entertain you. This next series of talks turns its attention to The English Civil War, chosen to commemorate the 375th anniversary of the siege of Reading in April 1643.

GUIDED WALKS in Reading in March (fully booked) and June

TOURS of The Centre for Heritage and Family History The first series has now concluded. Tours are available for groups (with associated talks if required) by prior arrangement.

LUNCHTIME Drop-in sessions for help on different areas of research. Coming up soon — Breaking down brickwalls, Military records and research, Thames Valley records and East Anglian records. No booking needed, just bring your questions along.

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

WORKSHOPS on census records, school records and other topics for family historians

Introduction to DNA testingand, a later follow-up session, what to do with the results

Some of these are FREE to attend.

For others, a modest fee is payable. When you join the society, as a member you enjoy discounts on fees for events where fees are payable. Just one more benefit 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

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Page revised 16th March 2018

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