Events under 'Branch meetings'
Saturday, March 23, 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 - Enos Molden

Railway historian Judy Rouse tells the story of Sgt Enos Molden, the first Wiltshire policeman to be murdered on duty. He died after being fatally wounded on 12th April 1892 near the gates of Longleat House.

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, March 13, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Bracknell & Wokingham Branch - 'OSS Station Victor, Hurley's Secret War' talk by Philip Williams

During the Second World War, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), forerunner to the CIA, operated a communication station on top of the ridge overlooking the village of Hurley in Berkshire.

Its role was to receive coded messages sent by Secret Agents working across occupied Europe and to pass information on to Allied Commanders in London. It played a crucial role after D-Day in identifying locations of SS Panzer Divisions heading towards the beachhead, and was the only station to operate agents within the German Reich. Station VICTOR was shut down in September 1945 and remained a secret until the recent declassification of the operational war diary.

Friday, March 15, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Vale Branch - Open Evening

'Who is Your Ancestor furthest back in time?'

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, March 18, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Computer Branch Woodley - Filing your Family History for the Future

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
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Windsor Branch - Poverty and Madness from Stepney to Colney Hatch

by Louise Taylor

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Reading Branch - Old Photographs: their identification and dating by Tom Doig

Broadcaster, writer and lecturer on aspects of social history, Tom will give us an insight into how to identify and date our old photos.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Newbury Branch - Rascals and villains

Some colourful characters from the Liddiard family archives, also covering briefly the Liddiard One Name Study and the Liddiard Family History Society. Karen Rogers 

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, April 10, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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As today is Good Friday the Bracknell & Wokingham Branch meeting will be held on Friday, 26th April

Friday, April 19, 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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Bracknell & Wokingham Branch Annual Meeting followed by 'The Duke and the Miner's Daughter' talk by Tony Hadland

Family tradition said that Tony’s great-grandfather, Thomas Young, was the illegitimate son of a Duke.  Thomas’ mother was the teenage daughter of a miner in the Forest of Dean.  Using techniques you too can employ, Tony discovered that truth is even more interesting than legend.

Friday, April 26, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Windsor Branch - Police Strike of 1919 by Steve Beamon

Tuesday, April 30, 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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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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