Researching online

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

  • FREE ACCESS TO FindMyPast which has some (not all) of the society's Berkshire transcriptions. Content from the former Origins site has been incorporated into Findmypast and new records are being added every week .

  • FREE ACCESS TO Ancestry Library Edition enabling worldwide research, and containing family trees too.

  • FREE ACCESS TO the British Newspaper Archive and over 11 million pages from over 440 old newspaper titles across the UK

  • FREE ACCESS TO The Genealogist with some unique resources, such as Tithe records and Maps not available online elsewhere

These services are available on a walk-in basis. 


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

  • The Berkshire Baptisms, Berkshire Marriages, and Berkshire Burials datasets can also be accessed at the Research Centre. For details of current content and parish coverage,see the Projects page

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

  • Berkshire Marriages currently holds 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 purchase these key CDs at the Research Centre and from the Shop

  • Berkshire Strays Index, over 20,000 Berkshire people recorded outside the county, including those in censuses from 1841 to 1901

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

Other 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' containing over 18 million records from nearly 50 English and Welsh counties - but, sadly, not from them all!

You can view a range of CDs, containing data from other counties, plus UK and international data too.

And print your findings for a small charge per printed page.

page last reviewed and revised Tuesday, 14th July 2015

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