Events under 'The Centre for Heritage and Family History'
Monday, September 24, 2018

Event Name

Date

Drop In Session at the Centre

Military records with Trevor Maidment.

FREE just drop in

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Workshop - Parish Registers Tutor: Catherine Sampson

Increase your chances of success with family historians' core resource.  Better understand what registers can provide for you, how they change over time, where to find them, how Church of England and non-conformist registers differ, and how to interpret them.  Also, indexes and transcripts, their benefits and pitfalls.

Free parking is availble for attendees - contact events for details.

BOOK £10 (members £9) includes tea or coffee. Places limited, pre-booking required

Saturday, September 29, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just drop in.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Natter Group

Informal discussion led by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens.  There is a small charge for refreshments.

Arrive at 6.45pm whilst the library is open (library closes at 7pm).  Group meeting 6.45pm - 9.00pm. 

FREE Booking not needed, just turn up.

Free parking is available, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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'The Armistice' - Talk series - First talk of five

Tracks to the Trenches: with Mike Hurst

An affecting account of railway activities in England and in France during the Great War.  This will include the transport and care of the wounded back to Blighty with some focus on South Oxfordshire and West Berkshire.  Railways permitted the mass movements of munitions, equipment and men - and the harrowing resulting casualties, many of whom were taken through the Thames Valley.

For attendees wishing to do some family research whilst visiting the Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open from 1pm.

TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.  Advanced booking is highly recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

Book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (members £16).

The other four talks in this series are on 25th October, 8th November, 15th November and 6th December.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Beginners' Family History Course: Session 1 - Tutor: Margaret Crook

A series of four workshops designed for those new to researching family history.  Where to start, how to progress your research and good research practice are all explained.

The course explores different genealogy websites and looks at the content they offer and which are better for particular kinds of records.  It covers civil registration, parish registers, wills, censuses, plus emigration and some overseas records.  It briefly examines benefits and limitations of some of the family history programs available to record your research.

For attendees wishing to do some family research whilst visiting the Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open until 2pm.

BOOK: £30 for four weekly sessions - 12th October, 19th October, 26th October and 2nd November.  (Members £24) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Friday, October 12, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Crime Walk along the River Thames: with crime writer and prominent genealogist, Angela Buckley (repeated from June due to demand)

A short crime walk, taking in key locations around the river and surrounding roads in Caversham, focussing on Amelia Dyer and the baby farm murders.

BOOK: £5 (members £4). Places limited, pre-booking required.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Beginners' Family History Course: Session 2 - Tutor: Margaret Crook

Refer to 12th October.

For attendees wishing to do some family research whilst visiting the Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open until 2pm.

Friday, October 19, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Workshop: Writing up your Family History - Tutor: Dr Barry Jerome

Have you been researching your family tree and would like to write it up as a story but don't know how to start?  In the workshop, Barry will help you get started and show you how you can structure it, so that you can write-up your family history while still continuing your research.

BOOK: £10 (members £9) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required.

Free parking for attendees - for details please contact The Booking Administrator.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, October 20, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Smugglers, Scientists or Super-Heroes: who will you find in your family tree? - Organisers: Margaret Crook and Vicki Chesterman

Calling all super-sleuths aged 5-11 years old — a range of fun and stimulating activities designed to help young people discover more about their families' histories.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For attendees wishing to do some family research whilst visiting the Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open until 2pm.

BOOK: £12 for a family ticket (1 adult and up to 2 children) (members £10.60) additional child £3 (£2.70).  Includes tea, coffee or juice.  Places are limited and pre-booking is required.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Monday, October 22, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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'The Armistice' - Talk series - Second talk of five

Hidden History of Reading's War Graves: with Liz Tait

This is the story of Reading's war graves and the men and women they honour, meticulously researched and brought to life by the founder of the Reading Remembrance Trust.  Stories include Private William Lewington, who was tragically killed during a training accident at Maidenhead and Agnes Maud Russell, who served as a nurse in Malta treating soldiers evacuated from the Dardanelles campaign.

For attendees wishing to do some family research whilst visiting the Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open from 1pm.

TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.  Advanced booking is highly recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

Book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (members £16).

The other talks in this series are on 11th October, 8th November, 15th November and 6th December.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Beginner's Family History Course: Session 3 - Tutor: Margaret Crook

Refer to 12th October.

For attendees wishing to do some family research whilst visiting the Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open until 2pm.

Friday, October 26, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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DNA testing and family history: how DNA testing can advance your genealogical research: with Debbie Kennett

Debbie Kennett is an internationally recognised expert, speaker and writer on genetic genealogy.  DNA testing is now all the rage but what can you really learn from a DNA test?

This talk provides an introduction to the use of DNA testing as a tool for family history research, for those interested in DNA and how testing works, but, who haven't necessarily tested yet.

TICKETS:  £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.  Advanced booking is highly recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

Free parking for attendees - for details please contact The Booking Administrator.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, October 27, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Beginner's Family History Course: Session 4 - Tutor: Margaret Crook

Refer to 12th October.

For attendees wishing to do some family research whilst visiting the Centre, the research zone computers will be open until 2pm.

Friday, November 2, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just drop in.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Natter Group

Informal discussion led by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens.  There is a small charge for refreshments.

Arrive 6.45pm whilst the library is open (library closes at 7pm).  Group meeting 6.45pm - 9.00pm.

FREE Booking not needed, just turn up.

Free parking is available for attendees, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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'The Armistice' - Talk series - Third talk of five

The End of World War One and its aftermath: with Mike Cooper

Mike Cooper is a local historian, author and popular speaker.  The Great War didn't end on 11th November 1918.  What was signed was only an Armistice, and peace treaties had to wait until 1919.  Mike Cooper looks at how and why the War ended and at the immediate consequences for Europe and places as far afield as Samoa and Tanzania.

For attendees wishing to do some family research whilst visiting the Centre, the research zone computers will be open from 1pm.

TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.  Advanced booking is highly recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

Book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (members £16)
 

The other talks in this series are on 11th October, 25th October, 15th November and 6th December.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'The Armistice' - Talk series - Fourth talk of five

Medals and Decorations of the 1st World War: with David Downs

 Note: Date changed

Known to many as Reading Football Club's historian, David is also passionate about medals and awards.  He will give a fascinating insight into the background of medals and awards, including many from his own collection, and share the stories behind them.  Attendees are very welcome to bring medals for David to talk about.

For attendees wishing to do some family research whilst visiting the Centre, the research zone computers will be open from 1pm.

TICKETS:  £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.  Advanced booking is highly recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

Book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (members £16).

The other talks in this series are on 11th October, 25th October, 8th November and 6th December.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Workshop: Making the most of autosomal DNA - Tutor: Debbie Kennett

Debbie is an internationally recognised expert, speaker and writer on genetic genealogy.  This workshop is a follow-up to previous introductory talks in April and October which provided an introduction to DNA testing.  It is aimed at individuals who have tested and have results from at least Ancestry.  The workshop will look at the interpretation of DNA results and how to get the most out of matches.  Participants are encouraged to bring along their own results and ask questions.

BOOK:  £10 (members £9) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited and pre-booking is required.

Free parking for attendees - for details please contact The Booking Administrator.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 11:00 am - 1:15 pm
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Workshop: Military Records - Tutor: Trevor Maidment

This will cover the main services: Army, Navy, RAF, as well as some Merchant Navy.  The aim of the workshop is to demonstrate what military records were created, where they can be found online, what information can be found in them and their value to family historians.

BOOK: £10 (members £9) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited and pre-booking is required.

Free parking for attendees - for details please contact The Booking Administrator.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, November 24, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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