page last reviewed and revised 17 September 2012
All family historians with Berkshire interests want to see more pre-1974 Berkshire records in readily accessible form, whether on CD or online with Findmypast.
Society volunteers have transcribed many of Berkshire's parish registers, monumental inscriptions and other records but there is more to do. Why not join in and help to make even more Berkshire records readily accessible to others?
Much of this work can be done out of county - even out of country! But checking indexes and transcriptions against original records - essential for quality outputs - is done at Reading, at Berkshire Record Office - where the original records of the pre-1974 county can be found.
With extra pairs of hands, more could be achieved - even faster.
Project work is valued, varied and rewarding. It's one way of giving something back to family history. Today's researchers benefit from the dedication of their predecessors - and digital page images alone are of little value without the indexes and transcriptions necessary to search them effectively.
Why not use your specialist skills and understanding in project work to benefit tomorrow's family historians?
What could you do?
Projects move through many stages and tasks before they are completed. Project and quality standards are vital to ensure that accurate data gets published. Berkshire Family History Society places great importance on independent checking against original records before any index or transcription series is considered for publication.
Can you use a laptop computer? And, after training, a simple transcribing tool? Could you help by making those independent checks against original records at Berkshire Record Office in Reading? Maybe your forte is fieldwork - recording, mapping or photographing monumental inscriptions, as an example. Perhaps data manipulation, design, or building a CD, are things you do well? Or you write, draw, or generate maps and plans... the long list of skills and abilities needed in effective project work offers opportunities for everyone.