Computer Suite.

  • seven computers with broadband access

  • access FindMyPast which contains some of the society's Berkshire transcriptions. Content from the former Origins site is also being added progressively to Findmypast.

  • access Ancestry Library Edition enabling worldwide research and containing family trees too.

  • access the British Newspaper Archive and over 9 million pages from some 300 old newspaper titles across the UK

  • access The Genealogist which has recently been installed at the Centre to give researchers the opportunity to investigate additional record sources

All of the above subscription services are available on a walk-in basis. A nominal user charge is made for access per one-hour session (or part-session). This helps the society to offset the costs of providing these four resources.

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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. Details of their current content and parish coverage can be found on the Projects page of this website.

  • Berkshire Baptisms currently holds 160,000 baptisms and 477,000 names from 58 parishes

  • Berkshire Marriages currently holds 170,000 marriages and 525,000 names (including witnesses, fathers' details etc) 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 the CDs at the Research Centre and from the bookshop

  • Berkshire Strays Index, a dataset of over 20,000 Berkshire people recorded outside the county, including those in censuses between 1841 and 1901

  • Berkshire Miscellaneous Index, a dataset of 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' of over 18 million records from nearly 50 English and Welsh counties - but certainly not from all of them!

You can also use the computers to view a range of CDs, containing data from other counties, and UK and international data.

You can also print out your findings for a small charge per printed page.


page last reviewed and revised Thursday 27 November 2014

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