Fairs and open days

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Berkshire Family History Society always previously supported national family history shows (such as Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE — now a discontinued annual event).

In 2018, Berkshire Family History Society plans to support selected family history fairs, open days and workshops staged by local organisations and other family history societies.

At such events, you can usually buy the society's published CDs and other items from the wide range of publications stocked.

If your ancestors lived in the historic 'old' county of Berkshire, transcriptions in three fully searchable 'compilation' CDs — Berkshire Baptisms, Berkshire Marriages, and Berkshire Burials (containing some 2 million names in total) — are essential finding aids.

Other CDs available include transcriptions of Berkshire parish registers by individual parish, indexes to Berkshire's coroners' records, poor law papers, probate records, First World War accounts (at home and abroad) and full details — with photographs — of monumental inscriptions for many parishes and burial grounds.

CDs include transcriptions of the records of North Berkshire and the Vale of the White Horse too.

Family and local historians will be interested to see the historic maps, directories, electoral rolls, and a range of topographical and family history publications. Visit the online shop for details of current publications and how to buy them.

An extensive Berkshire Search facility (including publications mentioned above) is usually available at events too.

Berkshire Family History Society plans to attend these out-of county events (the links will open in a new window):

Saturday, 30th June — SWAG Fair (South West Area Group Family History Event) at the STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon, Wilts SN2 2EY Get more details

Saturday, 28th July Buckinghamshire FHS Open Day at The Grange School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury HP21 7NH More details

Saturday, 22nd September The Family History Show, London at Sandown Park Racecourse, Sandown Park, Portsmouth Rd, Esher KT10 9AJ  Find out more

Saturday, 6th October — Oxfordshire FHS Family History Fair at Marlborough School, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1LP  First details

Saturday, 3rd November West Surrey FHS Open Day at Woking Leisure Centre, Kingfield Road, Woking GU22 9BA Details

Page reviewed and revised 2nd July 2018

All Centre Events

Welcome. The Centre for Heritage and Family History is the home of Berkshire Family History Society at Reading Central Library. It is the new focal point for a wide range of events and activities designed for family historians (wherever their interests), for local historians and for others who simply enjoy learning more about the past.

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Overview of events July-September 2018

FIVE THURSDAY AFTERNOON TALKS with tea and cake, and featuring expert speakers with a passion and flair for their subject to inform and entertain you. This next series of five talks takes as its theme, Life on the River Thames.

GUIDED WALKS in Reading in July and August

VISITS TO ARCHIVES The society has organised visits to The National Archives and to the London Metropolitan Archives in July.

TOURS of The Centre for Heritage and Family History Tours can be organised for groups (with an associated talk if required) by prior arrangement.

LUNCHTIME Drop-in sessions for help on different areas of research. Coming up soon — sessions on Breaking down brickwalls, and on Military records and research.No booking needed, just turn up with your questions.

TUESDAY EVENING ‘Natter Groups’ (informal discussion at The Centre on the first Tuesday evening in the month from 18.45)

WORKSHOPS During the summer there is a follow-up DNA workshop (already fully booked) and in September, a workshop on parish registers — a key resource for family historians — and a chance to understand how to get the best from available indexes, transcriptions and the original records themselves.

Some of these are FREE to attend. For others, a modest fee is payable.

When you become a member of the society, you enjoy discounts on fees for those events where fees are payable. Just one more benefit that makes membership such good value.

And, looking to the autumn, The last Beginners' Course in family history became fully booked very quickly. Contact the Booking Administrator if you would like to join the next one.


The Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire RG1 3BQ.

Phone: 0118 950 9553


The venue is fully accessible for wheelchair users. It has a lift and disabled toilets. Disabled parking places are generally available directly in front of the library (maximum stay four hours).

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Page revised 1st July 2018

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