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April 2018
April 2018

Tue. 3 Apr, 2018

Natter Group (Tue. 3 Apr, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm)

Informal discussion sessions around a particular topic, led by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens on the first Tuesday of the month.

 Tickets:  FREE event, booking not required - just turn up.   A small charge is made for refreshments.

Entrance to the library building for this event is via the back door on Abbey Square. FREE parking available for attendees.

Contact Gillian Stevens for further information

Wed. 4 Apr, 2018

Drop In Session - Military Records at The Centre for Heritage and Family History (Wed. 4 Apr, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Bring your questions and issues to expert Trevor Maidment.  FREE, booking not needed - just turn up.

Family History Advice (Wed. 4 Apr, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

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

Free parking and free WiFi. 2pm-5pm

Tue. 10 Apr, 2018

Drop In Advice Session at Bracknell Library 2pm-5pm (Tue. 10 Apr, 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.
Bracknell Library, Town Square, Bracknell. RG12 1BH (2pm - 5pm)

Wed. 11 Apr, 2018

'The English Civil War' - Southcote Manor-its history and its significance - a talk by Mike Cooper (Wed. 11 Apr, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Afternoon talks filled with history and cake.

Five fortnightly talks each quarter - many around a theme - this quarter 'The English Civil War'.

Mike has had a lifelong interest in history, especially military and local history. Following a history degree, he worked as a librarian, with both Reading University and Reading Library. In addition, he has written three books on the history of Reading and has also written and co-written booklets for Reading Libraries, including one on Southcote. Southcote Manor’s history can be traced back to at the 13th century, and its holders even further back. John Blagrave, the mathematician, occupied the manor in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, and it was his nephew, the M.P. Daniel Blagrave, who allowed the Earl of Essex to base his headquarters there during the siege of Reading in April 1643. Find out more, at what is set to be a fascinating talk.

Tickets: were £5 non-members or £4 members per talk.  This included tea or coffee and cake.  Book all five sessions in a quarter for the bargain price of four.  Booking in advance is highly recommended, but turn up and you can pay on the day, if places are still available.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The other four talks in this quarter are on 25th April, 9th May, 23rd May and 6th June.

Family History Advice (Wed. 11 Apr, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

At Slough's new library, The Curve.

Find us on computers 17-24, on the 1st floor, at the Curve, William Street, Slough, SL1 1XY

2pm - 5pm

Library Helpdesk (Wed. 11 Apr, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Vale of White Horse Branch will be hosting a Family History Helpdesk at Abingdon Library. Perfect for those who wish to start research or for those needing a little help.

To book a place please call the library directly on 01235 520374.

We are now happy to book 1 hour sessions.

For crying out loud... (Wed. 11 Apr, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

Brian Sylvester has been Newbury’s town crier since 1999,  and is chairman of the Friends of Newtown Road Cemetery, past president and training officer of the Guild of Toastmasters, a Freeman of the City of London, and a Freemason. He will talk about the history of mayors and town criers with specific reference to Newbury.

Doors open from 7.15 and meetings start at 7.30 pm.

Free parking, and refreshments.

Non-members are invited to donate £3 .

Sat. 14 Apr, 2018

Getting started with DNA testing (Sat. 14 Apr, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Leader:  Debbie Kennett. Debbie is an internationally recognised expert, speaker and writer on genetic genealogy. 

DNA testing is now all the rage but what can you really learn from a DNA test? This talk will provide an introduction to the use of DNA testing as a tool for family history research. The Y-chromosome test widely used in surname projects and explores the direct male line. The mitochondrial DNA test follows the motherline. An autosomal DNA test can be used to find matches with genetic cousins on all your ancestral lines. The DNA databases are growing at a phenomenal rate and DNA testing now provides a new way of solving family mysteries and connecting with long lost cousins.

Tickets: £5 non-members or £4 members. This includes tea or coffee and cake.  Booking in advance is highly recommended, but turn up and you can pay on the day, if places are still available.

Free parking available for attendees – contact events for details.

Contact the The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Mon. 16 Apr, 2018

19th CENTURY EMIGRATION by Ian Waller (Mon. 16 Apr, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

There was a large amount of emigration from this country during the 1800's to many areas of the world.  This talk looks at the development of the emigration system and the various assisted passage schemes available to our ancestors.  It will also give suggestions of how to find information both in this country and the destination country.

Wed. 18 Apr, 2018

Drop In Session (Wed. 18 Apr, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Breaking down brick walls.  Bring along your questions and issues to our friendly expert.

FREE, booking not needed – just turn up.

Arriving in America (Wed. 18 Apr, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm)

What was it like if you travelled to America in the late 19th century or early 20th century.

 

Fri. 20 Apr, 2018

Branch Annual Meeting followed by 'He died of wounds...' a talk by Simon Burbidge (Fri. 20 Apr, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

Simon Burbidge's talk is about his grandfather, Leslie Williams Burbidge who was very much a mystery to him when he began researching his family history.

Leslie was never spoken about by his widow and family lore was that he had been a drinker and a ‘bad man’ and had died of wounds he received in the Great War. Research revealed that Leslie had had distinguished service in the RFC/RAF and the true cause of his death was established.

Sat. 21 Apr, 2018

Census Workshop (Sat. 21 Apr, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Tutor:  Tony Roberts

Census data is one of the chief sources used by family (and house) researchers. This workshop explores the origins and context of census, the formats of  19th and 20th century data, and in getting the best out of census documents. It looks briefly at some less familiar or older census and quasi-census records, discusses the pitfalls and limitations in using census data and also considers what the future holds for census.

Tickets:  £10 non-members or £9 members.  Places limited, so early booking is highly recommended.  Includes tea and coffee.  

Free parking available for attendees - contact events for details.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Tue. 24 Apr, 2018

Drop In Advice Session at Wokingham Library 2pm - 5pm (Tue. 24 Apr, 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)

Dining and Cooking in the Georgian period by Catherine Sampson (Tue. 24 Apr, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

Food our attitudes towards it, and customs surrounding it, is an often overlooked facet of our lives. This talk explores the diet of the rich and poor in the 1700s and early 1800s, looks at the influence of contemporary cookery writers, examines the changes increasing technological advancement and trade bring to households, and recounts some of the extreme table etiquette of the middle and upper classes. It concludes with the chance to sample some Georgian cake. 

Wed. 25 Apr, 2018

'The English Civil War' - Living Through the English Civil War - a talk by Catherine Sampson (Wed. 25 Apr, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Afternoon talks filled with history and cake.

Five fortnightly talks each quarter - many around a theme - this quarter 'The English Civil War'.

Catherine developed her love of history in childhood and pursued it at University in Sheffield and later Oxford, where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in English Local History. Her dissertation subject being the impact of the Civil War on the local people in and around Reading. A published local and family history author, she is the current Chairman of Berkshire Family History Society. The countryside in and around Reading was horribly affected by the Civil War, and this talk tells the story of what happened to the ordinary folk when the soldiers arrived. How villagers were caught up in the skirmishes, perished as a result of disease, and attempted to stave off financial disaster. Amongst the masses, we can still identify the individual: the husband who hid his valuables, the Pest House occupant who feared the worst, and the fearless individual who published scurrilous pamphlets whilst hiding on the Thames.

Tickets: £5 non-members or £4 members per talk.  This includes tea or coffee and cake.  Book all five sessions in a quarter for the bargain price of four.  Booking in advance is highly recommended, but turn up and you can pay on the day, if places are still available.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The remaining talks in this quarter are on 9th May, 23rd May and 6th June.

Thu. 26 Apr, 2018

Branch AGM followed by The British Overseas: an introduction to finding ancestors who travelled abroad by Guy Grannum (Thu. 26 Apr, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

Guy is taking the term British literally to include people from the UK and colonies and so most of the sources he will discuss relate to Britons in foreign countries rather than in colonies.

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