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November 2018
November 2018

Tue. 6 Nov, 2018

Drop In Session at the Centre (Tue. 6 Nov, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just drop in.

Natter Group (Tue. 6 Nov, 2018 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm)

Informal discussion group.  There is a small charge for refreshments.

First topic for this evening is Newpapers.

Group meeting 6.45pm - 9.00pm. Arrive 6.45pm whilst the library is open (library closes at 7pm) or if after 7pm use the rear entrance and ring 0118 950 9553 and we will come down and let you in.

FREE Booking not needed, just turn up.

Free parking is available for attendees, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Wed. 7 Nov, 2018

Family History Advice (Wed. 7 Nov, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

At Cippenham Library, Elmshott Lane, Slough, SL1 5RB.

Free parking and free WiFi. 2pm-5pm

Free access to Ancestry, Findmypast and Forces War Records

Thu. 8 Nov, 2018

'The Armistice' - Talk series - Third talk of five (Thu. 8 Nov, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

The End of World War One and its aftermath: with Mike Cooper

Mike Cooper is a local historian, author and popular speaker.  The Great War didn't end on 11th November 1918.  What was signed was only an Armistice, and peace treaties had to wait until 1919.  Mike Cooper looks at how and why the War ended and at the immediate consequences for Europe and places as far afield as Samoa and Tanzania.

For attendees wishing to do some family research whilst visiting the Centre, the research zone computers will be open from 1pm.

TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.  Advanced booking is highly 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)
 

The other talks in this series are on 11th October, 25th October, 15th November and 6th December.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Tue. 13 Nov, 2018

Drop In Advice Session at Bracknell Library 2pm-5pm (Tue. 13 Nov, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Bring your questions, problems and ‘brickwalls’ … and get some new ideas and advice from members of Berkshire Family History Society. For ALL family historians wherever your ancestors came from.
Bracknell Library, Town Square, Bracknell. RG12 1BH (2pm - 5pm)

Tour of the London Road, Reading Cemetery War Graves: with Liz Tait (Tue. 13 Nov, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Former teacher Liz, began researching Reading's World War One casualties in 1996 when she discovered war graves in the old Reading Cemetery.  Find out why these graves are there and the stories of those commemorated in what promises to be a fascinating and thought-provoking tour.

BOOK: £5 (members £4).  Places limited and pre-booking is required.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Wed. 14 Nov, 2018

Was your ancestor a criminal? (Wed. 14 Nov, 2018 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm)

Dr Colin Chapman will describe the offences that were regarded as crimes in the 18th and 19th centuries in Britain, and the severe punishments that followed conviction. He will then ask: “Was your ancestor a criminal?” Dr Chapman has published and lectured extensively, founded five county family history societies, and is currently president of three, patron of a fourth, a vice-president of the Society of Genealogists and a life vice-president of the Federation of Family History Societies. He compiled the Chapman County Code for British Isles counties that formed the basis of a British and later an international standard.

Thu. 15 Nov, 2018

'The Armistice' - Talk series - Fourth talk of five (Thu. 15 Nov, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Medals and Decorations of the 1st World War: with David Downs

 NOTE: Date changed from 22nd November

Known to many as Reading Football Club's historian, David is also passionate about medals and awards.  He will give a fascinating insight into the background of medals and awards, including many from his own collection, and share the stories behind them.  Attendees are very welcome to bring medals for David to talk about.

For attendees wishing to do some family research whilst visiting the Centre, the research zone computers will be open from 1pm.

TICKETS:  £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.  Advanced booking is highly 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)

The other talks in this series are on 11th October, 25th October, 8th November and 6th December.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Fri. 16 Nov, 2018

'A curly tale of crime in Finchampstead' followed by 'A taster of lost Wokingham' by Trevor Ottlewski (Fri. 16 Nov, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

An intriguing tale of crime in Finchampstead followed by a talk about the notable buildings that have disappeared over time in the Wokingham area.

Sat. 17 Nov, 2018

Workshop: Making the most of autosomal DNA - Tutor: Debbie Kennett (Sat. 17 Nov, 2018 11:00 am - 1:15 pm)

Debbie is an internationally recognised expert, speaker and writer on genetic genealogy.  This workshop is a follow-up to previous introductory talks in April and October which provided an introduction to DNA testing.  It is aimed at individuals who have tested and have results from at least Ancestry.  The workshop will look at the interpretation of DNA results and how to get the most out of matches.  Participants are encouraged to bring along their own results and ask questions.

SORRY FULLY BOOKED:  £10 (members £9) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited and pre-booking is required.

Free parking for attendees - for details please contact The Booking Administrator.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Mon. 19 Nov, 2018

Pilgrimage to Plug Street by Tony Hadland (Mon. 19 Nov, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Local author and historian Tony Hadland recalls the life of his great uncle Robert Fisher, the son of a Catholic soldier.

Begining in Ireland, then moving to London and crossing the religious divide, this illustrated talk traces the life of this brave young man who died during WWI leaving a widow and two small sons.

Wed. 21 Nov, 2018

Remembering when the battle was over and the guns fell silent (Wed. 21 Nov, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm)

Non-alcoholic mulled wine and mince pies as this is the last Computer Branch meeting for 2018 as there is no meeting in December.

The first meeting for 2019 is on 16th January - Mysteries of Time

Sat. 24 Nov, 2018

Workshop: Military Records - Tutor: Trevor Maidment (Sat. 24 Nov, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

This will cover the main services: Army, Navy, RAF, as well as some Merchant Navy.  The aim of the workshop is to demonstrate what military records were created, where they can be found online, what information can be found in them and their value to family historians.

BOOK: £10 (members £9) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited and pre-booking is required.

Free parking for attendees - for details please contact The Booking Administrator.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Tue. 27 Nov, 2018

Drop In Advice Session at Wokingham Library 2pm - 5pm (Tue. 27 Nov, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Bring your questions, problems and 'brickwalls' ..... and get some new ideas and advice from members of the Berkshire Family History Society. For ALL family historians wherever your ancestors came from.

Wokingham Library, Denmark Street, Wokingham, RG40 2BB. (2pm - 5pm)

White Waltham Airfield (Tue. 27 Nov, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

A talk by Jean Pumphrey

Best known for its association with the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during WW2, and as a flight test centre for Fairey and Westland aircraft companies, but there is more.

Thu. 29 Nov, 2018

Institutions in the Censuses by Kathy Chater (Thu. 29 Nov, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

In a change to the previously advertised talk we will be welcoming Kathy Chater to tell us about - 

Institutions in the censuses  An ancestor may seem to disappear between censuses.  There are a number of reasons for this and one of the most common is that the individual was in some kind of institution on the relevant night, depending on their job, their health or even their criminal tendencies. Find out the other possibilities – and get other tips for searching the censuses.

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