Events under 'Reading branch'
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Meetings of the Reading branch

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Reading Branch - The History of Reading's Cinema's by David Cliffe

David will be giving a presentation on the history of Reading's Cinemas, in an evening likely to prompt many memories of times gone by.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Reading Branch Annual Meeting followed by Tracing your Welsh Ancestors by Gill Thomas

Although England and Wales share Common Law and primary resources for ancestral research, significant challenges are presented for family historians tracing Welsh ancestors.

The biggest of these lies in so many individuals sharing the same surnames. How can you be sure that a record relates to the correct ancestor? Why did your ancestors disappear from parish registers? Why and when did people from Wales migrate to England and beyond? What Welsh-specific resources exist online and offline to aid your research? Do you need to understand Welsh to be able to progress your research?

Whether your ancestors were a THOMAS, a JONES, a DAVIES or an EVANS; church-going or chapel-attending; speaker Gill Thomas will guide you through the wonderful Welsh maze, from all points north, south, east and west.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Reading Branch - The 1939 National Register by Mark Bowman

Mark Bowman began work on his family tree at the age of 15 and never really stopped, despite the need to get an education and earn a living. In retirement he ‘works’ at the Reading Family History Centre and acts as convenor of Reading's U3A family history group, as well as giving talks and quizzes to local groups.

The 1939 National Register

How, when and why the information kept in the National Register was gathered.

Who was included? and what information was collected about them?

Why is information about some people on the register still unavailable?

How to obtain information from the Findmypast website, illustrated by examples from his own family and his home town, Mitcham.

This 2016 talk has been updated to include reference to the Register on Ancestry. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Reading Branch - Photographs and Memorabilia by members and guests

Members and visitors, you are invited to bring along your favourite photograph or piece of memorabilia, with the story behind it, for an informal night of discussion. This is going to be a fun, interesting and very informative evening. There is a 10-minute slot for you to show your photograph or item, and explain why it is special for you.

Maybe you have a photograph or unidentified item, but no story behind it, just questions. Bring it along too, you never know, help may be at hand with tips and clues to guide your way. Please let us know if you plan on bringing something along.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Putting Berkshire on the Map by John Leighfield

Thursday, September 26, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Policing Reading in World War 1 by Tony Keep

Thursday, October 31, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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