Events under 'Branch meetings'
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

All branch meetings are listed in this category.

Note: talks at The Centre for Heritage and Family History are not included here.

Event Name

Date

Newbury Branch - Lord Craven of Hamstead Marshall and his trouble with the Commonwealth

Most royalist nobility lost their estates in the Civil War, but Lord Craven of Hamstead Marshall was an exception. Manfred Brod, a historian who specialises in early-modern Berkshire, will explain how the extensive Craven land-holdings were regained.

Newbury Branch meets at Shaw Church Hall in Church Lane, Shaw RG14 2DR. Doors open from 7.10 and meetings start at 7.30 pm. Non-members invited to contribute £3 to costs. Free parking, and refreshments.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Vale Branch - Yesterday's Runways

The Thames Valley and adjacent county areas contain the sites of many former airfields which are now truly 'Yesterday's Runways'. This talk outlines the development of airfields across the area from the 1930's and their peak numbers in World War II to their post war decline.  The layout structures and the historical importance of these iconic locations are illustrated and described.

Speaker: Bill King

Monday, February 18, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Computer Branch Woodley - The Story Behind the Picture

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
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Windsor Branch - The First Railway Workers by David Turner

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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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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Newbury Branch - A grandmother’s legacy: an insight into the lives of an English family in India during the British Raj

Jenny Mallin, formerly a BBC television producer, now writes and speaks about her family history. She has published a book of Anglo-Indian recipes handed down through five generations of her family.

Newbury Branch meeting at Shaw Church Hall in Church Lane, Shaw RG14 2DR. Doors open from 7.10 and meetings start at 7.30 pm. Non-members invited to contribute £3 to costs. Free parking, and refreshments.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Computer Branch Woodley - Where did I find it - Finding it again - Where was it

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
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Bracknell & Wokingham Branch - 'Berkshire & South Oxfordshire Churches - the hidden gems' talk by Catherine Sampson

A glimpse of some of the many historical, unusual and sometimes hidden churches and churchyards in and around Berkshire — and people associated with them.  Lots of stories and social history, and an introduction to some of our most historic small churches.

Friday, May 17, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Vale Branch Annual Meeting followed by an Open Evening

Open Evening follows the Branch Annual Meeting

A chance for attendees to talk informally and seek advice about their family history research, brick walls and/or share eureka moments.  An enjoyable evening where even the most experienced family historians can learn something new.

This meeting is ideal for those new to family history.

Monday, May 20, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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A Titanic Story by Paul Blake

This meeting will be our Annual Branch meeting where we elect our new chairman, officers and committee for the Windsor, Slough and Maidenhead branch.

This is followed by our guest speaker, Paul Blake, whose talk is titled "A Titanic Story - The story of the Goodwin family and a mystery not solved for 99 years."

Tuesday, May 28, 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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Newbury Branch - What my DNA test told me

Tony Hadland took a comprehensive DNA test to prove (or disprove) a family tradition that his great-grandmother, Mildred Gill, was of Spanish descent. The test confirmed a cover-up going back several generations but also threw up fascinating information about his Oxfordshire agricultural labourer ancestors, possibly linking them to the spread of agriculture from the Fertile Crescent.

Newbury Branch meeting at Shaw Church Hall in Church Lane, Shaw RG14 2DR. Doors open from 7.10 and meetings start at 7.30 pm. Non-members invited to contribute £3 to costs. Free parking, and refreshments.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Vale Branch - Poverty, Pestilence & Public Health

Britain may have been the 'workshop of the world' in the Victorian period, but the sceptre of poverty and pestilence loomed large over the lives of many of its citizens.  A large proportion of people were not only close to the bread line, but repeated epidemics decimated whole swathes of the population.

This talk explores the wealth and health of the British during the Victorian period and the State's struggle to improve conditions.

Speaker: Simon Wenham

Monday, June 17, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Computer Branch Woodley - Subscription Websites

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
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Bracknell & Wokingham Branch - 'A Serendipity of Family History'

Social evening for members and visitors, with short talks and quizzes and a Touch of Summer.

Friday, June 21, 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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Bracknell & Wokingham Branch - No meeting

Friday, August 16, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Newbury Branch: Is your ancestor a railway policeman?

Steve Beamon is a committee member of the British Transport Police History Group, which aims to preserve the historical records and artefacts of the British Transport Police and all its constituent forces, wherever railway and dock police forces were operational.

Newbury Branch meeting at Shaw Church Hall in Church Lane, Shaw RG14 2DR. Doors open from 7.10 and meetings start at 7.30 pm. Non-members invited to contribute £3 to costs. Free parking, and refreshments.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Vale Branch: Open Evening

Vale Branch 'What did you find at the Record Office'

A chance for attendees to talk informally and seek advice about their family history research, brick walls and/or eureka moments.  An enjoyable evening where even the most experienced family historians can learn something new.

This meeting is ideal for those new to family history.

Monday, September 16, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Bracknell & Wokingham Branch - 'The Great Exhibition of 1851. Foundation of the Arts and Crafts Movement inc. William Morris' talk by John Brearley

Friday, September 20, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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