Berkshire Family Historian

The Berkshire Family Historian has been published quarterly for more than 40 years. Every member receives their own copy. Copyright deposit institutions, libraries and institutions around the world receive copies too.

The Berkshire Family Historian is published in A4, and each issue now comprises 36 pages (and a four-page Publications List), printed throughout in two colours.

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What will you find inside?

NEWS Family history news, what's happening in the society and details of future meetings, speakers and events

BRANCHES and RECORD OFFICE Each of the six local branches provides news of future activities.The Berkshire Record Office has a news feature too.

DEVELOPMENTS IN FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH Regular articles help to keep you up to date — from the latest news on DNA testing and its increasingly important role in family history research to websites, and additional content added to them, that can open up new lines of discovery.

FEATURE ARTICLES These include research accounts from members, 'how to' articles, local Berkshire History and reports on specialist archives and collections of interest to family historians and genealogists. 

BOOK AND PRODUCT REVIEWS Latest additions to the Shop are regularly reviewed in the magazine. There's the Publications List too.




The editor welcomes all contributions to the magazine. Prospective contributors should first read Notes for contributors

A copy of each magazine can be viewed online in the Members' Area of this website soon after publication. [Registration is needed to access the Members' Area.]

Previous issues of the magazine can also be found there. A keyword search will also identify articles from earlier magazines in many cases. Be aware that these archived copies are likely to contain information that has since been updated, or superseded.

Non-members may view this sample issue (opens as a PDF in a new window)


Features from past issues

If you wish to contact an individual mentioned in an issue, please contact the editor first. Opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editor or the views of the society.

All articles contained in the Berkshire Family Historian are the copyright of the contributors, and of the trustees of Berkshire Family History Society, on behalf of the society, unless otherwise stated. Articles may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means without obtaining prior written permission from the copyright-holders.

June 2014

Why didn’t great-grandad fight in the First World War by Brian Dray

Returning to Kintbury roots by Grace Gillions

Abingdon and the First World War by Bob Frampton

Setting up home in the austerity years Part II by Tony Hadland

A virtual guide to Berkshire

Don’t believe all you read by Neville Lee

Face value by John Gurnett

March 2014 (sample issue)

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We will remember them

Getting a war memorial project off the ground by Phil Wood

From hansom cabs to tanks by Jane Joslin

Setting up home in the austerity years Part I by Tony Hadland

The war dead of Newbury Grammar School by Judith Thomas

Scottish secrets by Grace Gillions

And the band played on... by Penny Stokes

December 2013

The Seymour family of Poughley Rivers Part II by Tim Seymour

Reasons to be truthful: lies, damned lies and certificates by Penny Stokes

Parson’s piece: the Rev John Sloper (1797 - 1877) of West Woodhay

Hannah Mary Grace Starr (1885 - 1966) by John Starr

Christmas quiz

Thomas Pibworth (1830 - 1874) and the Independent Order of Good Templars by Jane Barrett

Livelihoods on the line at H & P by Keith Jerrome

Heraldry: some common (but wrong) beliefs by Tim Powys-Lybbe


page last reviewed and revised 26th February 2018

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