19th century Berkshire
In 1831, Berkshire contained 141 ecclesiastical parishes — within the boundary of the pre-1974 Royal County. That total would grow to exceed 200 parishes by 1901 — an increase of some 43 per cent.
Finding your way to the towns, villages, even hamlets, that formed pre-1974 Berkshire (some of which today have been relocated into modern Oxfordshire) is not always straightforward. All will have their associated Anglican places of worship, and some communities have several such buildings. Most of these have adjacent churchyards and burial grounds too. And there are civil cemeteries and crematoria, of course. Some researchers may also need to consider Berkshire's nonconformist chapels and meeting houses.
The following five sub-menu items will lead you to considerable information, whether you are researching your family history within the Royal County of Berkshire, further afield, or both.
Research in Berkshire
Research in Berkshire seeks to give you key details of many of Berkshire's towns and villages. Note — not every place has its own individual entry yet.
The section also introduces Berkshire-specific archives, libraries, museums, register offices, memorials and other materials and resources where you are likely to find important information necessary for family and local history research.
Local Search allows you to search across the entire site contents for a surname, place, topic or other keyword.
Members' Interests offer one means to explore surnames of interest to society members. Usually, there is also a date range for each surname. Be aware that these surname details cover other counties, as well as Berkshire.
All members are encouraged to submit their family tree (whether partly complete or largely complete. Birth Briefs are links to these family trees submitted by members. They can often provide useful links to surnames that others are interested in too. Again, the content is not confined solely to Berkshire families.
Reviews and notices
This is a lengthy section where you will find reviews of society CDs and other publications, and of many topographical books and other publications about Berkshire and its towns and villages. There are reviews of general family history publications in this section too.
The Members' Area of this website offers still more data and information, including extracts from society publications and other datasets, some of which are not available anywhere else. All society members are encouraged to Register to access the Members' Area
You can explore all of these resources from the menu and sub-menus to the left of this page
page last reviewed and revised 17th February 2017