To create and publish a database of marriage and banns transcriptions from the parish and non-parochial registers of pre-1974 Berkshire, known as Berkshire Marriages.
To continue to transcribe more marriage and banns registers so that additional transcriptions, covering extended time periods and further parishes, can be added and published from time to time.
Latest Project Publication
A Third Edition of Berkshire Marriages was published in CD format in September 2014.
This CD contains transcriptions of almost 165,000 marriages and banns, with 580,000 names from 172 parishes of pre-1974 Berkshire, including many from North Berkshire and the Vale of the White Horse. While the main focus of this edition remains with marriages between 1538 and 1837 (and the start of civil registration in England and Wales) some newly-added entries are as recent as 2006, and others run well into the 19th and 20th centuries. This third edition also contains for the first time banns entries from 10 parishes.
The Second Edition of Berkshire Marriages brought transcriptions of over 450,000 names of grooms, brides, fathers and witnesses from over 140,000 marriages recorded in registers and Bishops’ Transcripts of Berkshire parishes. This new edition brings about 18 per cent more entries than its predecessor. Work is continuing until all available Berkshire marriages and banns have been accurately transcribed.
A number of marriage entries - but not all - are also published online in the Parish Records Collection of Findmypast
Some data is also searchable (within Berkshire Name Search) at the society's Research Centre in Reading.
The intention is to update Berkshire Marriages every 12 to 18 months, subject to sufficient transcriptions becoming available to merit a new CD edition. This follows established practice with Berkshire Burials - the 11th Edition of which holds information on over 830,000 burials.
Purchasers of the Berkshire Marriages CD automatically enjoy a very substantial discount on the full price of the next edition that follows (conditions apply).
Berkshire Marriages is supplied in Adobe Reader format. A copy of Adobe Reader for MS Windows is also supplied. Users of Mac, Unix and other operating systems can download a suitable version of Adobe Reader from www.adobe.com. Minimum requirements for these CDs - Adobe Reader 7.0
All of pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire. This includes parishes in the Vale of the White Horse and North Berkshire areas.
Berkshire Record Office (in Reading) holds the vast majority of deposited original registers and, later, marriage and banns registers for the pre-1974 county of Berkshire (including the Vale of the White Horse).
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre (in Chippenham) holds surviving early Bishop's Transcripts for Berkshire (to 1835/1836). In a number of cases these pre-date surviving registers for a number of Berkshire parishes.
The Archdeaconry of Berkshire transferred from the Salisbury Diocese to the Oxford Diocese in 1836 and any original transcripts sent to the bishop after that date will be found at the Oxford History Centre.
Output of the project
The Berkshire Marriages CD offers seven Finding Aids and two Full Details reports - one each for marriages and banns.
The full details reports largely contain all of the information recorded in the original register. This includes extra details, where given, such as witnesses, occupations, relationships and addresses. However the information recorded varies between registers and even incumbents, and generally later entries hold more detail.
page last reviewed and revised 23 February 2016