For family historians who live in Berkshire... and those with Berkshire ancestors
updated Saturday, 15th October 2016
How to research your family history
BRANCHES meet monthly in ABINGDON, BRACKNELL, NEWBURY, READING, WINDSOR and WOODLEY Visitors are always welcome
OUTREACH Regular help and advice offered in libraries at Bracknell, Cippenham, Newbury, Slough (The Curve), Thatcham, Tilehurst and Wokingham, provided by society volunteers. See Calendar
Discussion Group meets next on 1st November to review the usefulness of Tithe maps and apportionments
FEATURED MEETING On 9th November Newbury Branch will enjoy a talk by The Rt Hon The Countess of Carnarvon entitled Lady Catherine and the real Downton Abbey Read more about this event
Family history news you may have missed
DNA testing is of growing importance and value for family historians, and so the news from LivingDNA makes interesting reading
Berkshire Record Office will be closed for stocktaking from 28th November to 9th December
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
Keep up to date on Irish family history developments with Claire Santry's Irish Genealogy News
GRO Certificate Ordering From September, new and existing customers need to validate their email addresses when logging into the online certificate ordering service
MEMBERS' AREA has BERKSHIRE DATA that is UNAVAILABLE anywhere else Register now
DISCUSSION LIST Post questions and comments. Tap into the collective expertise of members worldwide.
Follow @BerkshireFHS on Twitter. Join Berkshire Genealogy on Facebook.
LAST MINUTE RENEWALS Don't lose your benefits. Renew here now
Your family history research starts here
CARDIFF, CHESHIRE, even CHARNEY BASSETT... WHEREVER they came from find them at Yeomanry House — with friendly help and informed advice where needed.
RESEARCH CENTRE in READING at Yeomanry House
FREE on site parking, FREE ACCESS and FREE USE of FIVE KEY Online resources The Centre is next to Berkshire Record Office — which holds original records of the pre-1974 Royal County — including those of Vale of the White Horse and North Berkshire .
FINDMYPAST — NEW More records for Monmouthshire, Yorkshire, Scotland and for early maritime travellers (1573-1677). AND this is where to find many, not all, Berkshire parish register transcriptions Explore website
1939 REGISTER for 20th century research — dates of birth, single and married names and more. Some records still closed More details
THE GENEALOGIST — NEW Occupational records added, from 16th century onwards Find out more
BRITISH NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE — 15.8 million page images, 686 titles — from the Aberdare Times to the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer Did your ancestors hit the headlines?
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 or explore the Bookshop online
Who Do You Think You Are: New series
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, 15th October 2016
Bookmark this page. Keep your browser updated — Firefox (latest - 49.0.1), Opera (40.0.2308), Google Chrome (54.0.2840) or try Vivaldi (1.4.589.38). Web pages may display imperfectly with older versions. Volunteers maintain this website website problem? check here