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October 2018

Tue. 2 Oct, 2018

Drop In Session at the Centre (Tue. 2 Oct, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just drop in.

Natter Group (Tue. 2 Oct, 2018 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm)

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

Arrive at 6.45pm whilst the library is open (library closes at 7pm).  Group meeting 6.45pm - 9.00pm. 

FREE Booking not needed, just turn up.

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

 

Wed. 3 Oct, 2018

Family History Advice (Wed. 3 Oct, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

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

2pm-5pm   Free parking and free WiFi.

Free access to Ancestry, Findmypast and Forces War Records

Fri. 5 Oct, 2018

Sat. 6 Oct, 2018

Oxfordshire FHS Fair (Sat. 6 Oct, 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

On Saturday, 6th October, Berkshire Family History Society will be at Marlborough School, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1LP for a Family History Fair staged by its Oxfordshire counterpart.

You will be able to join the Berkshire society, which covers all of 'old Berkshire', purchase its publications and get help and advice on the county from society volunteers on the day.

Details of this event

Tue. 9 Oct, 2018

Drop In Advice Session at Bracknell Library 2pm-5pm (Tue. 9 Oct, 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. 10 Oct, 2018

Ancestors in uniform (Wed. 10 Oct, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

This will be an open evening at which members and guests will be encouraged to take part. Bring your stories, photos, memorabilia and questions relating to your ancestors in wartime.

Thu. 11 Oct, 2018

'The Armistice' - Talk series - First talk of five (Thu. 11 Oct, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Tracks to the Trenches: with Mike Hurst

An affecting account of railway activities in England and in France during the Great War.  This will include the transport and care of the wounded back to Blighty with some focus on South Oxfordshire and West Berkshire.  Railways permitted the mass movements of munitions, equipment and men - and the harrowing resulting casualties, many of whom were taken through the Thames Valley.

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 highly 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).

The other four talks in this series are on 25th October, 8th November, 15th November and 6th December.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Fri. 12 Oct, 2018

Beginners' Family History Course: Session 1 - Tutor: Margaret Crook (Fri. 12 Oct, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

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.

Now tutored by Gillian Stevens and Chad Hanna.

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 unless participants agree otherwise.  It briefly examines benefits and limitations of some of the family history programs available to record your research.

For attendees wishing to do some family research whilst visiting the Centre, the Research Zone computers will be available until 3pm.

BOOK: £30 for four weekly sessions - 12th October, 19th October, 26th October and 2nd November.  (Members £24) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Sat. 13 Oct, 2018

Crime Walk along the River Thames: with crime writer and prominent genealogist, Angela Buckley (repeated from June due to demand) (Sat. 13 Oct, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

A short crime walk, taking in key locations around the river and surrounding roads in Caversham, focussing on Amelia Dyer and the baby farm murders.

BOOK: £5 (members £4). Places limited, pre-booking required.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Mon. 15 Oct, 2018

Open Evening (Mon. 15 Oct, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Open Evenings are a chance for attendees to talk informally about their own family history research, brick walls and/or eureka moments.

This evening's suggested topic is: First World War

Non members and those new to family history are welcome to attend these meetings.  

Research facilities and advice are available.

Refreshments

Free Parking

Wed. 17 Oct, 2018

Hatched, Matched and Dispatched (Wed. 17 Oct, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm)

Other sources for births, marriages and deaths, followed by an update on civil registration.

Fri. 19 Oct, 2018

Beginners' Family History Course: Session 2 - Tutor: Margaret Crook (Fri. 19 Oct, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Refer to 12th October.

For attendees wishing to do some family research whilst visiting the Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open until 3pm.

'1752 and all that' a talk by Mark Bowman (Fri. 19 Oct, 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 times between 1582 and 1923, so for well over 300 years the exact date depended on which country you were in.

The move from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar means that some 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.

Meeting location (link opens a Streetmap in this window)

Sat. 20 Oct, 2018

Workshop: Writing up your Family History - Tutor: Dr Barry Jerome (Sat. 20 Oct, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Have you been researching your family tree and would like to write it up as a story but don't know how to start?  In the workshop, Barry will help you get started and show you how you can structure it, so that you can write-up your family history while still continuing your research.

BOOK: £10 (members £9) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required.

Free parking for attendees - for details please contact The Booking Administrator.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thu. 25 Oct, 2018

'The Armistice' - Talk series - Second talk of five (Thu. 25 Oct, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Hidden History of Reading's War Graves: with Liz Tait

This is the story of Reading's war graves and the men and women they honour, meticulously researched and brought to life by the founder of the Reading Remembrance Trust.  Stories include Private William Lewington, who was tragically killed during a training accident at Maidenhead and Agnes Maud Russell, who served as a nurse in Malta treating soldiers evacuated from the Dardanelles campaign.

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 highly 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).

The other talks in this series are on 11th October, 8th November, 15th November and 6th December.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Newspapers for Family History by Ian Waller (Thu. 25 Oct, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

We have surely all been sidetracked in our research when looking through the local newspaper.

However, newspapers frequently enable us to put the flesh on the bones and bring our ancestors alive. There is so much information from trade advertisements, court cases, potted histories associated with marriages or obituaries that they are a valuable resource. This talk looks at how to access them in the digital age and examines their usefulness.

Fri. 26 Oct, 2018

Beginner's Family History Course: Session 3 - Tutor: Margaret Crook (Fri. 26 Oct, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Refer to 12th October.

For attendees wishing to do some family research whilst visiting the Centre, the Research Zone computers will be available until 3pm.

Sat. 27 Oct, 2018

DNA testing and family history: how DNA testing can advance your genealogical research: with Debbie Kennett (Sat. 27 Oct, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Debbie Kennett 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 provides an introduction to the use of DNA testing as a tool for family history research, for those interested in DNA and how testing works, but, who haven't necessarily tested yet.

TICKETS:  £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.  Advanced booking is highly recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

Free parking for attendees - for details please contact The Booking Administrator.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Tue. 30 Oct, 2018

Drop In Advice Session at Wokingham Library 2pm - 5pm (Tue. 30 Oct, 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)

The Great Western comes to the Thames Valley by John Chapman (Tue. 30 Oct, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

John explores the origins of the Great Western Railway between 1830 - 1860, the broad-gauge engineers' problems, and their achievements.

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