Society

Helping all family historians

Established for over 40 years, Berkshire Family History Society works to meet the needs of those researching their ancestry across the UK and overseas - as well as those looking for former relatives in historic Berkshire

The society can help ALL family historians living in or near to Berkshire...

... and those living beyond the Royal County who are seeking Berkshire ancestors

Berkshire Family History Society exists to help your research... WHEREVER your ancestors came from... and you do not need to be a member to benefit

The society offers:
  • a Research Centre in central Reading that is free to use and open to all
  • FREE ACCESS at the Centre to Findmypast, The 1939 Register, The Genealogist, the British Newspaper Archive and Ancestry (worldwide edition)
  • Regular help and advice sessions in numerous locations across pre-1974 Berkshire — these are FREE
  • regular meetings in Abingdon, Bracknell, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Woodley open to everyone
  • an online discussion list for members, offering informed answers to research queries and advice from other experienced researchers
  • key publications and resources, featuring high quality indexes and transcriptions of Berkshire's historic records on CD — including parish registers, probate documents, monumental inscriptions, maps, First World War history and more
  • a significant number (but not all) of the society's transcriptions can be found on the Findmypast website
  • an online shop
  • a quarterly magazine, Berkshire Family Historian, for members
  • opportunities to join volunteers in project work, transcribing and preserving records of the pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire for the benefit of future generations
  • friendly links to the research experience, advice and support of members who can be found worldwide

Berkshire Family History Society is the only society that covers all of the pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire

The Research Centre is next door to Berkshire Record Office - which holds the county's original records, including those of North Berkshire and the Vale of the White Horse

Explore this website to find out how your family history research can benefit from the services and products of Berkshire Family History Society


Having just celebrated its 40th Anniversary year, today the society has around 2,000 members worldwide. It is a registered charity (Number 283010) and subject to the provisions of charity law in England and Wales.

Objects of the society

to advance education of the public in research into family history and genealogy, primarily but not exclusively within the boundaries of the pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire; and

to work to promote the preservation, transcription, indexing and ready public accessibility of related records and information

An Executive Committee and a 170-strong team run the society's various day-to-day operations and activities. They are all unpaid volunteers. Extra helpers are always welcome and can play a major part in the society's work — wherever in the world they may live.

page last reviewed and revised 15 June 2016

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