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Thursday, April 25, 2019

'Grand Houses' 2nd Talk of series (Thu. 25 Apr, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

The Nabobs of Berkshire and their houses: with Clive Williams

Nabobs were employees of the East India Company during the 18th and 19th centuries, who made their fortunes in India and returned home to England as wealthy men.  So many made their homes in Berkshire in the 18th century, at estates such as Englefield House, Purley Hall and Basildon Park, that the county became known as 'the English Hindoostan'.  Find out more in this fascinating talk.

For those attending who wish to do some family research while visiting The Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open from 1 pm.

BOOK TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea/coffee and cake. Advance booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

Book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (members £16).  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in this series are on 11th April, 9th May, 23rd May and 8th June.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Reading Branch Annual Meeting followed by Tracing your Welsh Ancestors by Gill Thomas (Thu. 25 Apr, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

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.

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