Researching online

At The Centre for Heritage and Family History, you pick which online resources to use


  • FindMyPast — with many (but not all) of the society's Berkshire parish register transcriptions.

  • The 1939 Register — containing details of over 41 million people — find precise dates of birth, single and married names, occupations and more. (Some individual records remain closed.)
  • Ancestry Library Edition — the international resource, enabling worldwide research (not just UK), and containing family trees too.

  • The British Newspaper Archive — over 29.5 million digitised pages from over 800 old newspaper titles

  • The Genealogist — with unique resources — like searchable Tithe records and Tithe Maps and the 1910-1915 Domesday survey — unavailable online anywhere else

Online services are usually available on a walk-in basis during normal opening hours. 


Berkshire software resources

  • Berkshire Name Search, a master index of names (forename and surname) found in society datasets

  • Berkshire Baptisms, Berkshire Marriages and Berkshire Burials  access county-wide datasets. For content and parish coverage, see Projects web pages

  • Berkshire Baptisms  currently 250,000 transcriptions of baptisms, and 777,000 names from 102 parishes, with more coming very soon. Project is ongoing.

  • Berkshire Marriages currently with 170,000 transcriptions of individual marriages with 580,000 names (includes witnesses, fathers' details etc where recorded) from 172 parishes.  

  • Berkshire Burials over 900,000 entries from more than 270 Berkshire churchyards, cemeteries, crematoria and workhouses.

Buy these key resources as CDs at The Centre 0r online from the Shop

  • Berkshire Strays Index, over 20,000 Berkshire people recorded out 0f county, including those in censuses from 1841 to 1901

  • Berkshire Miscellaneous Index, over 100,000 names from assorted sources and individual submissions

More electronic databases
  • Local trade directories from 1830 onwards

  • Parish register transcriptions

  • Berkshire probate index — 1480-1857

  • Berkshire overseers’ papers — 1601-1834

  • Berkshire monumental inscriptions and war memorials

  • National Burial Index, Third Edition— a 'lucky dip' of over 18 million records from nearly 50 English and Welsh counties - but, sadly, not from them all!

The Centre holds a range of CDs offering data from other counties, and UK and international data too.

Print your findings for a small charge per printed page.

Page reviewed and revised Tuesday 1st January 2019

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