Fairs and open days

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In the past, Berkshire Family History Society always supported national shows (like Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE — now a discontinued event).

During 2018, Berkshire Family History Society will be supporting selected family history fairs, open days and workshops staged by local organisations and other family history societies.

At events like these, you can usually buy CDs and other items from the growing range of society publications. 

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

Other CDs 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.

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

Family and local historians will also be interested in historic maps, directories, electoral rolls, and a wide 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.

During 2018, Berkshire Family History Society will 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 JulyBuckinghamshire 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

Page reviewed and revised 21st January 2018

All Centre Events

Welcome to this introductory page about events taking place at The Centre for Heritage and Family History in Reading Central Library.

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Exciting events taking place January-March 2018

A Beginners' Course in family history

FIVE Afternoon talkswith tea and cake — featuring expert speakers with a passion and flair for their subject to inform and entertain you

A first guided walk in Reading

Tuesday Evening tours of The Centre

FOUR Lunchtime drop in sessions on different topics

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

A Saturday Workshop on family history websites

Many of these are FREE events.

For others, a modest fee is payable. Society members can benefit from generous discounts on fees for those events where fees are payable. Just one more feature that makes membership such good value.


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).

Getting here

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Secure your place at your chosen event

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Page revised 7th January 2018

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