Researching online

At the Research Centre, you pick which online resource to use


  • FindMyPast with some (not all) of the society's Berkshire transcriptions.

  • The 1939 Register find dates of birth, single and married names and more. (Some individual records remain closed.)
  • Ancestry Library Edition enabling worldwide research, and containing family trees too.

  • The British Newspaper Archive and over 13.3 million pages from 591 old newspaper titles

  • The Genealogist with unique resources — like searchable Tithe records and Tithe Maps — not available online anywhere else

Services available on a walk-in basis. 


Berkshire software resources
  • Berkshire Name Search, a master index of names (forename and surname) found in society datasets

  • Berkshire Baptisms, Berkshire Marriages, and Berkshire Burials Access these datasets at the Research Centre. For content and parish coverage, see the Projects page

  • Berkshire Baptisms currently 160,000 baptisms and 477,000 names from 58 parishes, with more coming very soon

  • Berkshire Marriages currently 170,000 marriages and 580,000 names (including witnesses, fathers' details etc where recorded) from over 170 parishes    

  • Berkshire Burials has over 831,000 entries from more than 250 of Berkshire's churchyards, cemeteries and crematoria

You can buy these key resources as CDs at the Centre and from the Shop

  • Berkshire Strays Index, over 20,000 Berkshire people recorded out 0f county, including those in censuses from 1841 to 1901

  • Berkshire Miscellaneous Index, over 100,000 names from assorted sources and individual submissions

More electronic databases
  • Local trade directories from 1830 onwards

  • Parish register transcriptions

  • Berkshire overseers’ papers — 1601-1834

  • Berkshire monumental inscriptions and war memorials

  • National Burial Index, Third Edition— a 'lucky dip' of over 18 million records from nearly 50 English and Welsh counties - but, sadly, not from them all!

View a range of CDs offering data from other counties, and UK and international data too.

Print your findings for a small charge per printed page.

page last reviewed and revised Tuesday 22 March 2016

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