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February 2017
February 2017

Wed. 1 Feb, 2017

Whitley Community Museum drop in session (Wed. 1 Feb, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Drop into the Whitley Community Museum for friendly help and advice with your family history research.

Fri. 3 Feb, 2017

Tue. 7 Feb, 2017

Natter Evening at the Research Centre - Tues 7th Feb (Tue. 7 Feb, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm)

We are going to start the evening looking at handwriting. Old, new, good or bad.

Wed. 8 Feb, 2017

Falkland Islands (Wed. 8 Feb, 2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

Tony Hadland describes the wildlife, landscape and lifestyle of this remote island group, based on his visits in 2008 and 2011.

Fri. 10 Feb, 2017

Tue. 14 Feb, 2017

Drop In Advice Session at Bracknell Library 2pm-5pm (Tue. 14 Feb, 2017 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 Feb, 2017

My Family History Artifact/Memorabilia (Wed. 15 Feb, 2017 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm)

Members are being asked to bring to the meeting one of their family history artifacts (memorablia) plus the story behind the object, document, etc. As usual we will have a laptop with us so that we can use the full range of websites available on the Internet to help. Some of the promised objects are a shoe, a bible, a WW2 medal, a silver cup, a funeral receipt, a leather cosh, truncheon, mayor's award, etc. I think this is going to be a fun, interesting and very informative evening.

Everyone is welcome at our meetings, you do not have to be a member of the Society, so please come along and bring your friends as well.

Fri. 17 Feb, 2017

Mon. 20 Feb, 2017

Talk by Tony Hadland "The Turbulent Lifetime of Thomas Vachell" (Mon. 20 Feb, 2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

The Turbulent Lifetime of Thomas Vachell

Thomas Vachell was the heir of an old Reading gentry family; his wife was a Reade from Abingdon. Thomas’s father suppressed the hugely wealthy Reading Abbey, yet Thomas doggedly stuck to ‘the old faith’. His story spans five monarchs and four changes of religion. He became the most fined man in Oxfordshire, his wealth was seized in a government raid and, as a result of ‘swimming against the tide’, he fell out with his wife. Thomas Vachell’s story illustrates some of the huge changes England went through in the Tudor and early Stuart era – and it has a fairly happy ending!

Thu. 23 Feb, 2017

Birth and Baptism in the 1800's by Tom Doig (Thu. 23 Feb, 2017 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm)

The time leading up to the arrival of a new baby and the actual moment of birth were steeped in mystery and tradition. Tom will explore the roles of the midwife and the ‘god-sips’ and investigate the traditions of ‘churching’ and ‘upsitting’. 

Fri. 24 Feb, 2017

Sat. 25 Feb, 2017

Tue. 28 Feb, 2017

Drop In Advice Session at Wokingham Library 2pm - 5pm (Tue. 28 Feb, 2017 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)

"Probate Inventories" by Jameson Wooders (Tue. 28 Feb, 2017 7:15 pm - 10:00 pm)

Probate inventories are fascinating documents listing what someone owned when they died, so
they give information about what it was like to live and work in early
modern England.  They list household furniture, bedding, cooking
utensils, objects for eating and drinking, clothing, jewellery and
luxury items, in addition to farm stock and trade tools and goods.
Although their survival depends on gender and status, if one survives
for an ancestor then it is possible to learn much more about how they
lived than might otherwise be forthcoming from parish registers.

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