Berkshire Strays Index

What is a Stray?

“A stray is a recorded event in which a person is described in the source record as being from, or connected with, a place outside the area in which they normally lived or were born.”

[Definition from Federation of Family History Societies]

People from Abingdon have strayed to Bury St Edmonds; from Aldermaston to Bristol; Hungerford to Hastings; Maidenhead to New Zealand; Newbury to Yorkshire and so on…  They are all Berkshire Strays.

The Berkshire Strays Index now stands at 20,500 entries comprising mostly of census entries (69%), with some emigration, address, marriage and burial details.  The index forms part of the Berkshire Name Index which is fully searchable at the society's Research Centre.

No further census details are being added to the index as the entire census details can now be readily searched online, as can deaths in both World Wars, details from the IGI, and marriage and death records from many parishes.

Details of events which provide extra information than that available from other sources are still being added to the Index and should be sent to the Strays Co-ordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


page last reviewed and revised 24th May 2017

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