Terms and Conditions

By using this service you agree to abide by the following terms and conditions:

  1. Only paid-up current members of Berkshire Family History Society may register on this site.
  2. Please be patient if you are a new member of the society, or a member who has rejoined very recently with an old membership number. Current membership lists are not necessarily immediately available to the volunteers maintaining this website.
  3. The Society makes reasonable efforts to remove errors from information provided on this website. Be aware that members and others have supplied some information that may contain errors.
  4. The Society will forward your contact details to a current member if you make an enquiry. It does not give out contact details of other members without their prior permission having been secured.
  5. Berkshire Family History Society will not forward enquiries to lapsed members, as they may no longer wish to respond to family history enquiries.
  6. All reasonable efforts have been made to obtain the permission of copyright holders where such permission is required.
  7. These contractual terms will be interpreted according to the laws of England and any litigation will be subject to the laws of England.

This web site is owned by Berkshire Family History Society, Registered Charity No 283010 The Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire RG1 3BQ.


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Page revised and updated 10th December 2018

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Service will be restored as soon as possible.

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When you try to log in to the Members' Area you might find that Members' menu does not appear. In that case, follow these simple steps:

  1. If there is a ribbon showing at the top of the page, click on the green I agree button. Then log in again. Otherwise continue to step 2
  2. Click on the Cookies link in the blue bar at the foot of the page.
  3. Click on the Remove Cookies button at the top of that article.
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Discussion Archives not available

Please be patient. The program that deals with the Discussion List archives needs some minor changes to cope with the upgraded web site.

It will be back after the webmaster has had time to fully test the changes.

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