For all family historians living in Berkshire... as well as those with Berkshire ancestors
updated Saturday, 18th February 2017
Family history meetings and events
BRANCHES meet monthly in ABINGDON, BRACKNELL, NEWBURY, READING, WINDSOR and WOODLEY Visitors are welcome at all meetings
OUTREACH Help and advice is provided by society volunteers (FREE) in libraries at Bracknell, Cippenham, Newbury, Slough (The Curve), Thatcham, Tilehurst and Wokingham — See Calendar for details
Family History Research Centre
WHEREVER your ancestors came from, find them in READING at the FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH CENTRE
Parking? FREE Access? FREE These online resources are FREE too
FINDMYPAST — NEW Norfolk Bishops' Transcripts and electoral registers, Roman Catholic records AND Findmypast is where to find most, not all, Berkshire parish register transcriptions online Explore website
1939 REGISTER 41 million records from 1939 — with dates of birth, single and married names and more. Some records still closed More details
THE GENEALOGIST — NEW Cumberland, Essex and Norfolk parish records, Hampshire parish records recently added too Find out more
BRITISH NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE — 18.2 million digitised pages from 729 titles. Irish Newspapers too — Did your ancestor hit the headlines?
ANCESTRY — not just UK but WORLDWIDE — Jersey parish registers just added — Go to website
Based 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
Family history NEWS to help your research
New online William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné seeks to put 25,000 known prints and negatives of the Victorian inventor of photography online. Oxford and Reading feature, as well as Wiltshire
Coming soon The Journal of Genealogy and Family History
Irish ancestors? Take a look at 2016 Family History — a website and workbook from the National Archives of Ireland to help in finding ancestors online. A useful introduction to family history research in Ireland
The Ireland Valuation Books Translator is a new and valuable resource that can unlock more details of the land people worked, and the homes they lived in.
Some of our ancestors spent time in early life in institutions across Britain. Children's Homes — a new website — is an excellent starting point in searching for them.
London ancestors? Take a look at Charles Booth's 19th C London Poverty Maps and police notebooks
Follow @BerkshireFHS on TWITTER Join Berkshire Genealogy on FACEBOOK
MEMBERS' AREA Are YOU registered? Holds BERKSHIRE DATA UNAVAILABLE anywhere else Register to access now
DISCUSSION LIST Recently featured: William WERRELL, Thomas RICHMOND and an elusive Henry Stanley SMITH. Draw on the collective expertise of society members worldwide.
Publications to help your Berkshire research
NEW Brimpton Parish Registers CD ◊ from 1607
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 accepted) or explore the Bookshop online
Who Do You Think You Are? — 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 Saturday, 18th February 2017
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