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February 2018
February 2018

Fri. 2 Feb, 2018

Tue. 6 Feb, 2018

Beginner's Family History Course - Session One of four fortnightly sessions (Tue. 6 Feb, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Tutor:  Margaret Crook

A series of four workshops designed for those new to researching family history.  Where to start, how to progress your research and good research practice are all explained.

The course explores different genealogy websites and looks at the content they offer and which are better for particular kinds of records.  It covers civil registration, parish registers, wills, censuses, plus emigration and some overseas records.  Also it briefly examines benefits and limitations of some of the family history programs available to record your research.

Fully booked. No Tickets remain:  was £30 for four fortnightly sessions (members £24)

Contact the Booking Administrator with any queries or to be placed on waiting list for next course

Course sessions to be held on:  6th February, 20th February, 6th March and 20th March.

Places are limited, so early booking was highly recommended.  Includes tea and coffee.

 

Natter Group (Tue. 6 Feb, 2018 6:45 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 details.

Wed. 7 Feb, 2018

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

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

Free parking and free WiFi. 2pm-5pm

Fri. 9 Feb, 2018

Tue. 13 Feb, 2018

Lunch-time Drop In Session at The Centre for Heritage and Family History (Tue. 13 Feb, 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.

Drop In Advice Session at Bracknell Library 2pm-5pm (Tue. 13 Feb, 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)

Tour of The Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading Central Library (Tue. 13 Feb, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm)

7 pm for a 7.30 pm start.  There will be the opportunity afterwards to do your own family research in the centre.

Find out what resources can help your research with experts Gillian Stevens, Chad Hanna and Tony Wright.

Tickets:  FREE event, booking not required - just turn up.  Entrance to the library building for this event is via the back door on Abbey Square.  Free parking available for attendees - contact events for details.

Wed. 14 Feb, 2018

Family History Advice (Wed. 14 Feb, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

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

2pm - 5pm

'All the Fun of the Fair' - The history of Reading Cinemas - a talk by David Cliffe (including book signing) (Wed. 14 Feb, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

David Cliffe was born at Macclesfield, Cheshire, when there were five cinemas operating, all of which he remembers.  He studied English language and medieval English literature at the University of Leeds followed by a postgraduate diploma in librarianship.  He worked at the public library in Reading for the entirety of his career in a variety of posts, the last one being Local Studies Manager.  The author of several books, the most recent being Picture Palace to Penny Plunge: Reading Cinemas, which will be available to purchase during the afternoon.  David will describe the history of the single-screen cinema in Reading, from the travelling shows at the turn of the twentieth century, its heyday with the Vaudeville Electric Theatre in the 20s, through to today's multiscreen entertainment 'villages' and outdoor screenings.

Tickets:  £5 non-members or £4 members per talk.  This includes tea or coffee and cake.  Book all five sessions in the next 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 28th February and 14th March.

Family History Helpdesk at Abingdon Library (Wed. 14 Feb, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Members of Vale of White Horse Branch will be available in Abingdon Library to help with your research or help you to start your researching your family tree.

Please contact the library on 01235 520374 to book your place.

The Story of Greenham Common (Wed. 14 Feb, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

Most people remember only the peace women, but Penny Stokes describes the much older role of the common as a place of public recreation and entertainment: from nineteenth-century prizefighting, steeplechasing and military displays, through to the recent spectacular celebration of Greenham Trust's 20th anniversary.

Fri. 16 Feb, 2018

What my DNA test told me talk by Tony Hadland (Fri. 16 Feb, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

In 2007, Tony took a DNA test to check a tradition that his great-grandmother was of Spanish descent. The results revealed a cover-up but also produced unexpected information about his 'ag-lab' ancestors. Further tests revealed unknown cousins and shed light on another cover-up. Based on his experiences, Tony's tips may help you decide whether DNA testing is the way to go.

Mon. 19 Feb, 2018

Merchant Seamen (Mon. 19 Feb, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Tony is an experienced family historian with a special interest in the Merchant Navy. He will highlight the wealth of information to be found in crew lists, examine the key sources for research and look at the many web sites which provide useful information. This is a fascinating talk packed with hints and tips.

Speaker: Tony Wright

Tue. 20 Feb, 2018

Beginner's Family History Course - Session Two of four fortnightly sessions (Tue. 20 Feb, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

See 6th February for details.

Course sessions take place on 6th February, 20th February, 6th March and 20th March.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries or to enquire about a place on a future course.

Wed. 21 Feb, 2018

Visit to the new Centre for Heritage and Family History plus searching forward from 1911 (Wed. 21 Feb, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm)

The new Centre for Heritage and Family History on the 2nd Floor of the Reading Central library (lift available plus free parking after 6pm), Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ will have been open for just over 10 weeks. This will be an ideal time to have a look around if you have not already done so.

In addition to looking around the new Centre we shall have a talk where we shall be looking at how you can search forward from 1911 using the 1939 Register, electoral registers, directories, probate records and so on.

Thu. 22 Feb, 2018

1752 and all that by Mark Bowman (Thu. 22 Feb, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

In 1752, Britain and its colonies replaced the Julian Calendar with the Gregorian Calendar, and many people believed they had been robbed of 11 days of their life.

Other countries made this change at various dates between 1582 and 1927, so for nearly 350 years the exact date depended on which country you were in.

The move from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar means that British baptism, marriage and burial dates before 1752 must be interpreted with some care.

Also, find out about: the only February 30th in history; why my friend George’s mother had to change the birthdate on her official papers; and (time permitting) the Leap Second and the Leap Smear.

Fri. 23 Feb, 2018

Sat. 24 Feb, 2018

Workshop - Family History Websites (Sat. 24 Feb, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Tutors:  Gillian Stevens and Chad Hanna

Learn more about the many and varied web-sites which can help you unlock your family's past, including many which are free to access and others for which a subscription or pay per view is required.

Free parking is available for attendees of this workshop - contact Gillian Stevens for details.

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

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Tue. 27 Feb, 2018

Drop In Session - Military Records at The Centre for Heritage and Family History (Tue. 27 Feb, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

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

Drop In Advice Session at Wokingham Library 2pm - 5pm (Tue. 27 Feb, 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)

Lesser Known Sources for Family History, by Eric Probert (Tue. 27 Feb, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

An illustrated exploration with examples and case studies of the unusual sources for research into the lives of ancestors

Wed. 28 Feb, 2018

'All the Fun of the Fair' - Mapledurham Mill - a talk by Cory Starling (Wed. 28 Feb, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Cory Starling is the miller at Mapledurham Mill, the last commercially operated mill on the River Thames.  A mill has existed on the site for over a thousand years and is referred to in Domesday.

The mill is part of the two and a half thousand acre Mapledurham estate which has been in the same family since 1492.  Corry will describe the early history of the mill until the 1960's when it became almost derelict and its workings and his role as miller.  He will describe the key influence weather and river levels can have on operations, including complete stoppage during flooding.  A selection of produce from the mill will be available for people to buy.

Tickets:  £5 non-members or £4 members per talk.  This includes tea or coffee and cake.  Book all five sessions in the next 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 last of the five talks in this quarter is on 14th March.

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