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May 2019
May 2019

Wed. 1 May, 2019

Family History Advice (Wed. 1 May, 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

Fri. 3 May, 2019

Beginners' Family History Course - 3rd Session - Tutors: Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens - FULLY BOOKED (Fri. 3 May, 2019 11:00 am - 2:00 pm)

A series of four sessions (starting on 5th April) for those new to researching family history including where to start, how to progress and good research practice.  Learn how to work with core records of civil registration, censuses, parish registers and modern Wills.

Followed by an introduction to other records of interest to participants.  Discover different genealogy websites, the content they offer and their strengths and limitations.

Fully booked: £30 for four sessions (Members £24).  Places limited, pre-booking essential.  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.  Sessions held on 5th and 12th April, 3rd and 10th May.

Includes tea or coffee.

Includes short break for lunch (not provided). A refrigerator is available.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Tue. 7 May, 2019

Drop In Session at the Centre (Tue. 7 May, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just turn up.

Family history advice at Hungerford Library (Tue. 7 May, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Family history advice at Hungerford Library, 2 Church St, Hungerford RG17 0JG from 2pm to 4pm 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.

Natter Group (Tue. 7 May, 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 just turn up.

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

Wed. 8 May, 2019

Newbury Branch - A grandmother’s legacy: an insight into the lives of an English family in India during the British Raj (Wed. 8 May, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

Jenny Mallin, formerly a BBC television producer, now writes and speaks about her family history. She has published a book of Anglo-Indian recipes handed down through five generations of her family.

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.

Thu. 9 May, 2019

'Grand Houses' 3rd Talk of series (Thu. 9 May, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

The history of Prospect Park Mansion House and its occupants: with Katie Amos

A local landmark in 'Tilehurst', the Mansion House is associated with many of Reading's more important families such as the Childs, Kendricks and Liebenroods.  Katie Amos extensively researched its history for her book "The Mansion House: Its history and its Occupants" and shares its many stories and rich history in this talk.

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 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 on 11th and 25th April, 23rd May and 8th June.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Fri. 10 May, 2019

Beginners' Family History Course - 4th Session - Tutors: Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens - FULLY BOOKED (Fri. 10 May, 2019 11:00 am - 2:00 pm)

A series of four sessions (started 5th April) for those new to researching family history including where to start, how to progress and good research practice.  Learn how to work with core records of civil registration, censuses, parish registers and modern Wills.

Followed by an introduction to other records of interest to participants.  Discover different genealogy websites, the contact they offer and their strengths and limitations.

Fully booked: £30 for four sessions (Members £24).  Places limited, pre-booking essential.  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.  Sessions dates 5th and 12th April, 3rd and 10th May.

Includes tea or coffee.

Includes short break for lunch (not provided). Refrigerator available.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Tue. 14 May, 2019

Drop In Advice Session at Bracknell Library 2pm-5pm (Tue. 14 May, 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. 15 May, 2019

FREE - Family History Helpdesk - FREE (Wed. 15 May, 2019 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Vale of White Horse Branch will be at ABINGDON library to help start your Family History Research or break down those brick walls you may have come to.

To book your free one-to-one session, call Abingdon library on 01235 520374.  We recommend asking for a one-hour session. Places are limited.

Fri. 17 May, 2019

Tour of Watlington House, Reading: with Michael Jones - FULLY BOOKED (Fri. 17 May, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Watlington House, one of Reading's oldest buildings, has a rich and fascinating history. Built in 1688 for Samuel Watlington, twice Mayor of Reading, its walled garden to the rear has been much restored in recent years, while the interior retains many original features.

Fully booked: £5 (Members £4).  Places limited, pre-booking required.  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

 

Bracknell & Wokingham Branch - 'Berkshire & South Oxfordshire Churches - the hidden gems' talk by Catherine Sampson (Fri. 17 May, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

A glimpse of some of the many historical, unusual and sometimes hidden churches and churchyards in and around Berkshire — and people associated with them.  Lots of stories and social history, and an introduction to some of our most historic small churches.

Sat. 18 May, 2019

Workshop: Scrapbooking for Family Historians: with Angie Catt (Sat. 18 May, 2019 11:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Creating and preserving family history in bespoke scrapbooks has become increasingly popular over recent years.  Find out how you can create scrapbook pages based on images from your own family history in this practical and hands-on workshop.  Attendees should bring a copy (not original) of any image they would like to use.  Scrapbooking papers will be provided.

TICKETS: £10 (Members £9) includes tea or coffee and scrapbooking materials.  Places limited, pre-booking required.  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries, including details of free parking arrangements.

Mon. 20 May, 2019

Vale Branch Annual Meeting followed by an Open Evening (Mon. 20 May, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

Open Evening follows the Branch Annual Meeting

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.

Thu. 23 May, 2019

'Grand Houses' 4th Talk of series (Thu. 23 May, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Padworth House: with David Peacock

Padworth House is a grand 18th-century house close to Aldermaston, with elaborate decorative plasterwork by Robert Adam's plasterer.  It was created for Christopher and Catherine Griffith, and for several generations was home to the Darby Griffith family.  It is tucked away in part of the original "park", with its own lake, next to a Norman church.  Since the 1960s, it has been home to Padworth College.

David Peacock researches, writes and lectures on the history of the Newbury area from the Stone Age to the present day.  He has taught evening classes in local history for Oxford University, Newbury College and West Berkshire Museum.  He is the author of the 2011 edition of 'The Story of Newbury' and a book on the Roman cemetery at Newbury, and is the chairman of the Newbury Society.  He has written numerous articles on local history for newspapers and periodicals.

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

TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.  Advanced 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 on 11th and 25th April, 9th May and 8th June.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Fri. 24 May, 2019

Tue. 28 May, 2019

Drop In Advice Session at Wokingham Library 2pm - 5pm (Tue. 28 May, 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)

A Titanic Story by Paul Blake (Tue. 28 May, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

This meeting will be our Annual Branch meeting where we elect our new chairman, officers and committee for the Windsor, Slough and Maidenhead branch.

This is followed by our guest speaker, Paul Blake, whose talk is titled "A Titanic Story - The story of the Goodwin family and a mystery not solved for 99 years."

Thu. 30 May, 2019

Reading Branch - The 1939 National Register by Mark Bowman (Thu. 30 May, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

Mark Bowman began work on his family tree at the age of 15 and never really stopped, despite the need to get an education and earn a living. In retirement he ‘works’ at the Reading Family History Centre and acts as convenor of Reading's U3A family history group, as well as giving talks and quizzes to local groups.

The 1939 National Register

How, when and why the information kept in the National Register was gathered.

Who was included? and what information was collected about them?

Why is information about some people on the register still unavailable?

How to obtain information from the Findmypast website, illustrated by examples from his own family and his home town, Mitcham.

This 2016 talk has been updated to include reference to the Register on Ancestry. 

Fri. 31 May, 2019

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