For all family historians living in Berkshire... as well as those with Berkshire ancestors
updated Tuesday, 17th January 2017
Let's resolve to meet in 2017
BRANCHES meet monthly in ABINGDON, BRACKNELL, NEWBURY, READING, WINDSOR and WOODLEY Visitors are welcome at all of these meetings
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
Find out about Georgian cooking — industrialisation and enclosure changed what people ate in Georgian times (1714-1830), and how they prepared and cooked their food. Reading meeting on 26th January
Family history NEWS to help your research
Thousands of our ancestors spent some of their early years in a variety of institutions across Britain. Children's Homes — a new website from Peter Higginbotham, well known creator of The Workhouse — is an excellent starting point in searching for them.
Deceased Online now includes records of London's Highgate Cemetery
Findmypast has added over 900,000 records to the collection of Irish Dog Licences dating back to 1866. Used carefully, these can be a key census substitute across all 26 counties in the Republic of Ireland.
London ancestors? Take a look at Charles Booth's 19th C London Poverty Maps and police notebooks
New GRO indexes for England and Wales, especially Births — with mothers' maiden names back to 1837 — are useful but it takes time to search. Don't overlook FreeBMD and BerkshireBMD when searching for civil registration details
Follow @BerkshireFHS on TWITTER Join Berkshire Genealogy on FACEBOOK
MEMBERS' AREA Have you registered? Holds BERKSHIRE DATA UNAVAILABLE anywhere else Register to access now
DISCUSSION LIST Your chance to share new information with members worldwide and to draw on their collective expertise for your questions and 'brickwalls'
Where family history research starts
Whatever the surnames and Wherever those ancestors came from, find them at the FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH CENTRE in Reading.
Located at Yeomanry House — with friendly help and informed advice on hand if 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
Parking? FREE Access? FREE Online resources are FREE too
FINDMYPAST — NEW Derbyshire and Yorkshire Methodist records, Middlesex monumental inscriptions. AND Findmypast is where 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 Passenger lists, Army and Navy lists and rescanned images of the 1891 census pages PLUS Hampshire parish records recently added. Find out more
BRITISH NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE — 17.8 million digitised pages, 717 titles. Irish Newspapers now included — Did your ancestor hit the headlines?
ANCESTRY — not just UK but WORLDWIDE — Go to website
Publications for Berkshire research
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
Who Do You Think You Are? — back on BBC1
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 Tuesday, 17th January 2017
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