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March 2019
March 2019

Tue. 5 Mar, 2019

Drop In Session at the Centre (Tue. 5 Mar, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Breaking down brick walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just drop in.

Natter Group (Tue. 5 Mar, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm)

Informal discussion led by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens.  There is a small charge for refreshments.

Group meets 6.45pm - 9.00pm.  Arrive 6.45pm while the library is open (it closes at 7pm).  After 7pm use the rear entrance and ring 0118 950 9553.  We will come down and let you in.

FREE booking not needed, just turn up.

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

Arrive 6.45pm for 7.00 - 9.00pm.

Wed. 6 Mar, 2019

Family History Advice (Wed. 6 Mar, 2019 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

Sat. 9 Mar, 2019

'Transport' Talk series - Final talk of five. (Sat. 9 Mar, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Smith's Coaches of Reading: with Paul Lacey

Smith's Coaches of Reading were an integral part of the local scene for six decades, as well as being seen all over the county on excursions, tours and seasonal coastal expresses.  This is the story of how the enterprise developed from a single charabanc to become the largest privately-owned coaching firm in Southern England.

BOOK TICKETS: £5 (Members £4) includes tea/coffee and cake. Advanced booking is highly recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Earlier talks in this series are/were on 10th January, 24th January, 7th February and 21st February.

For free parking arrangements please contact The Booking Administrator

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Tue. 12 Mar, 2019

Guided Walk (Tue. 12 Mar, 2019 10:00 am - 12:30 pm)

Reading: with Terry Dixon

Terry has been running 'Reading Walkabouts' for almost three years with great feedback from those who have attended.  He offers a fact packed, but easy going walk exploring Reading's history.  This is a 2 mile walk around Reading which will look at 'Reading's strategic position, the importance of the coming of the railways and Reading's rapid growth'.

BOOK YOUR PLACE £5 (Members £4) Places limited, early booking highly recommended.  Members can use the coupon code from the current Berkshire Family Historian to get a discount.

Please contact the Booking Administrator with any queries, who will also send details of meeting place once booked.

Drop In Advice Session at Bracknell Library 2pm-5pm (Tue. 12 Mar, 2019 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.
Bracknell Library, Town Square, Bracknell. RG12 1BH (2pm - 5pm)

Wed. 13 Mar, 2019

Newbury Branch - Enos Molden (Wed. 13 Mar, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

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.

Fri. 15 Mar, 2019

Bracknell & Wokingham Branch - 'OSS Station Victor, Hurley's Secret War' talk by Philip Williams (Fri. 15 Mar, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

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.

Sat. 16 Mar, 2019

Workshop: Where there's a Will there's a relative: Tutors: Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens (Sat. 16 Mar, 2019 11:00 am - 2:00 pm)

This workshop will look at Wills, pre and post 1858, plus other probate documents such as inventories, administrations and death duties.  Find out their benefits for family historians and where to locate them.

BOOK YOUR PLACE: £10 (Members £9) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, early booking recommended. Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Includes a lunch break, so please bring lunch with you. A refrigerator is available.

For free parking arrangements please contact The Booking Administrator.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Mon. 18 Mar, 2019

Vale Branch - Open Evening (Mon. 18 Mar, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

'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.

Tue. 19 Mar, 2019

Family history advice at Hungerford Library (Tue. 19 Mar, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Family history advice at Hungerford Library, 2 Church St, Hungerford RG17 0JG from 2pm to 4pm today, and subsequently on the first Tuesday of each month. Booking strongly advised: please ring the library on 01488 682660 during opening hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Wed. 20 Mar, 2019

Tue. 26 Mar, 2019

Drop In Advice Session at Wokingham Library 2pm - 5pm (Tue. 26 Mar, 2019 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)

Thu. 28 Mar, 2019

Reading Branch - Old Photographs: their identification and dating by Tom Doig (Thu. 28 Mar, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

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

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