Meeting Summaries

Summaries of many past meetings are available on this website. A handful of examples appear below.

Many more summaries can be read in the Members' Area.

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Projects and publications: a talk on the society’s work

Newbury Branch meeting Wed 11 May 2016

Speaker: Catherine Sampson and Brian Wilcock

Summary:

The society’s data transcriptions are superior to most commercially produced sets because they:

a) aim for 100 per cent accuracy; bishops’ transcripts are used only when the original parish register has not survived;

b) are better for being transcribed by local volunteers, rather than the work being subcontracted overseas;

c) are double-checked;

d) are edited to include all the information originally recorded, such as annotations, asides, later corrections etc, details which are overlooked by commercially produced transcriptions.

Read more: Projects and publications: a talk on the society’s work

The Kennet & Avon Canal

Newbury Branch meeting Wed 13 April 2016

Speaker: Dr Hugh Pihlens

Summary:

         The distance from London to Bristol, an important commercial axis, is about 120 miles, but in the early eighteenth century the roads were impracticable for the transport of heavy goods, and the alternative sea route was very lengthy.

Read more: The Kennet & Avon Canal

Poll Books, Burgess Lists, Electoral Rolls and Family History

Chad Hanna - 20th January 2016 - speaking at Computer Branch (Woodley)

What's covered

  • What are electoral registers and poll books?
    • And what do they look like?
  • Where can you find electoral registers and poll books?
  • How can you search electoral registers and poll books
  • Who are you likely to find in electoral registers and poll books?
    • How does this change between 1832 and today?

Read more: Poll Books, Burgess Lists, Electoral Rolls and Family History

Wills and Where to Find Them

Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens - 22nd February 2013 - speaking at Who Do You Think You Are? Live! at Olympia

Read more: Wills and Where to Find Them

Wiltshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire Wills, Beneficiaries and Obituaries

Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens - 26th February 2012 - speaking at Who Do You Think You Are? Live! at Olympia

Read more: Wiltshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire Wills, Beneficiaries and Obituaries

Hints and Tips in Word 2003

Rebecca Day - 15 th June 2011 - speaking to the Computer Branch

Read more: Hints and Tips in Word 2003

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