For family historians who live in Berkshire... and those with Berkshire ancestors
updated Wednesday, 7th December 2016
How to research your family history
BRANCHES meet monthly in ABINGDON, BRACKNELL, NEWBURY, READING, WINDSOR and WOODLEY Visitors always welcome
OUTREACH Regular help and advice provided by society volunteers (FREE) in libraries at Bracknell, Cippenham, Newbury, Slough (The Curve), Thatcham, Tilehurst and Wokingham — See Calendar for details
FEATURED MEETING Join Newbury Branch on Wednesday, 14th December and find out about Georgian cooking — how increasing industrialisation and enclosure changed what our ancestors ate in Georgian times (1714-1830), and how they prepared and cooked their food. Read more
January programme There is no Discussion Group meeting this month
Who Do You Think You Are? — back on BBC1
Thursday, 8th December — wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin's Caribbean heritage
Catch up with Amanda Holden's story
Did you miss Danny Dyer's revelatory episode? Catch up here
Family history news you may have missed
National Army Museum has placed online digitised records of five Irish regiments disbanded in 1922
The new GRO indexes, especially Births — with mothers' maiden names back to 1837 — are proving useful in research
Find invaluable detail now that the Ships' Logs of the Honourable East India Company are appearing online
DNA testing is of growing importance and value for family historians, and so the news from LivingDNA makes interesting reading
Berkshire Record Office reopens on Tuesday, 13th December after stocktaking
There's a NEW ScotlandsPeople website
General Registrar's Office of Ireland's civil registers of births, marriages and deaths now online (and FREE) at Irish Genealogy
DECEMBER'S Berkshire Family Historian was mailed on 29th November. An online copy can be read in the Members' Area
MEMBERS' AREA holds BERKSHIRE DATA that is UNAVAILABLE anywhere else Register to access now
DISCUSSION LIST Post questions and comments. Tap into the collective expertise of members worldwide.
Follow @BerkshireFHS on Twitter. Join Berkshire Genealogy on Facebook.
Your family history research starts here
The NEW Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland lists some 45,600 surnames. Whatever YOUR surnames of interest and Wherever YOUR ancestors came from, find them at the RESEARCH CENTRE in Reading at Yeomanry House — with friendly help and informed advice where needed. The Centre is next to Berkshire Record Office — which holds original records of the pre-1974 Royal County — including those of the Vale of the White Horse and North Berkshire
FREE on site parking, FREE ACCESS and FREE USE of FIVE KEY Online resources
Opening times Christmas and New Year Last open before Christmas on Thursday, 15th December until 4 pm. Reopening at 10 am on Tuesday, 3rd January.
FINDMYPAST — NEW Consolidated Medal records and Royal Naval records AND this website is the best one to use to find most, not all, Berkshire parish register transcriptions online Explore website
1939 REGISTER for 20th century research — dates of birth, single and married names and more. 5 million more records now included. Some records closed More details
THE GENEALOGIST — NEW Over 2 million Hampshire parish records added, mainly baptisms from 16th century onwards Find out more
BRITISH NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE — over 17 million page images, 706 titles — more pages added from Berkshire newspapers Did Great-Grandma make the front page?
ANCESTRY — search WORLDWIDE — NEW Wellcome Library medical records recently added Go to website
Publications to aid Berkshire research
NEW EDITION Berkshire Baptisms Second Edition CD ◊ Explore content and coverage
Berkshire Marriages Third Edition CD ◊ Places and dates
Berkshire Burials CD ◊ Places and dates
Berkshire Maps CD OS 1881-1887 ◊ 51 maps, gazetteer and index
Berkshire and the War Second Edition CD ◊ Impacts, home and abroad, on Berkshire's men and women during the First World War
Berkshire War Memorials CD ◊ Details
Berkshire Probate Index CD 1480-1857 ◊ What wills can tell you
An Historical Atlas of Berkshire ◊ Review
Berkshire Monumental Inscriptions ◊ NEW CDs available
PLUS Parish Register CDs and more Buy any item at Yeomanry House (card payments can be accepted) or explore the Bookshop online
New volunteers are always welcome. Join the team that is actively transcribing and publishing records of the pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire.
Quality is all. What's the point of unreliable information? Or details that cannot be searched easily and accurately? Berkshire Family History Society does not publish unchecked material. Almost all Berkshire FHS CDs are fully browsable and searchable, unlike those of some other societies.
If you can check transcriptions against original records at Berkshire Record Office in Reading, or have experience in assembling and building CDs, why not get in touch? Find out what's involved
updated Wednesday, 7th December 2016
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