Berkshire FHS Online Shop

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For all family historians, genealogists and local historians with research interests in Berkshire, England.

As well as society publications, the shop features a range of other products in electronic, print and microform formats. These include transcriptions and indexes, general and local guides for family historians, maps and a fine selection of local history books for Berkshire and adjoining counties.

From the shop, you can also join the society, renew your membership and order searches of the society’s databases.

How to find the items you need

  • type your search term – e.g. ‘census’, ‘militia’, ‘Newbury’, ‘probate’ – in the product search box; or
  • use the links on the right to browse publication categories in which you are interested.

How to place an order

Choose your product(s), add to your shopping cart and then go to Checkout.

You should do this whichever way you intend to pay for your purchase.

You will find that there are four stages to the Checkout process:

  1. First you confirm your details and the delivery address;
  2. Next, you choose how you want your purchase to be sent to you;
  3. Then decide how you would like to pay for your purchase.
    You can pay online, using one of these debit or credit cards; or pay by posting a sterling cheque for your product(s) and the post and packing charge.
  4. Lastly, you complete and confirm your order, taking note of the terms and conditions

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A one pound fee is added to all payments to cover cheque or credit and debit cards charges and contribute to packaging. This fee does not apply to purchases at the research centre, branch meetings or events the society attends.

Postage (at Royail Mail prices) is calculated automatically according to total packed weight of item(s) ordered and your chosen delivery method.

The Shop places four ‘cookies’ on your web browser – for your shopping cart, session identifier, type size and previous page. This process is described under the privacy link at the foot of this page. If you are unhappy with this, close your browser window and use the browser tools to remove the cookies. If you do this, you will be unable to use the online shop and will have to email or write to the society for a summary publication list.

Reviewed by Chad Hanna 12 June 2014



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This Berkshire Marriages CD provides over 525,000 names of grooms, brides, fathers and witnesses in over 170,000 marriages recorded in the marriage registers and Bishops’ Transcripts of Berkshire parishes. Volunteers undertake transcribing on behalf of Berkshire Family History Society. Work will continue until all available Berkshire Marriages have been recorded.

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This new edition adds fifty more parishes and many later 19th and 20th century records. Transcriptions often reveal vital detail, not just of brides and grooms but about parents, witnesses - often relatives - and of ages, occupations, addresses and additional register notes.  Earliest transcriptions date from 1538, while some modern transcriptions are as late as 2010 (exact time spans vary from place to place). Later entries usually give more information that their 16th and 17th century counterparts. Full details of parishes and periods covered can be found at

Berkshire Record Office (Reading) holds original parish registers for the pre-1974 county of Berkshire (including the Vale of the White Horse).

Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre (Chippenham) holds surviving early Bishops’ Transcripts for Berkshire (to 1835) many of which were orginally transcribed by Roger Blackman where the original registers were deficient.

Purchase of this Berkshire Marriages CD entitles the owner to a large discount on the full price of the next edition (conditions apply).

Buy now for £20 plus postage & packing


Berkshire Probate Index

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Designed to be browsable and easy to search, this new CD offers a detailed index of the impressive collection of 39,000 probate documents (dates range from 1480 to 1857) of the Archdeaconry of Berkshire.
The CD has nine finding aids, three overview datasets and holds details of 38,000 Berkshire men and women who left a will – or property to be assigned to others on their death. It gives surnames, forenames, dates of probate, occupations, place names, and document types, with extra information available in many cases.
In this context, Berkshire is the pre-1974 county, and includes the parishes of North Berkshire and the Vale of the White Horse.