Workshops and courses

Welcome to this introduction to workshops and courses arranged by Berkshire Family History Society.

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Within the Events programme, the society organises and runs a range of workshops and courses throughout the year at The Centre for Heritage and Family History in Reading.

Everyone can benefit from these — from beginners to more experienced family historians. And you do not need to be a member to take part. Find out which courses and workshops will be taking place in the next few months.


Events leaflet: April-June and Events leaflet: July-September Both open as a PDF in a new window.


 NOTE: Courses and workshops are frequently fully booked within days of dates being announced. A 'waiting list' is kept — in case anyone should cancel an earlier booking — and so that further course dates can be advised in good time.


There are Saturday morning workshop sessions too — on topics that can help you in unlocking  your family’s past.

In 2019, as well as a course for beginners in family history, the society has run, or will run, a course on Understanding Old Handwriting, and a two-session course on Basic Latin for family historians.

Workshops have covered/will cover Merchant Navy Records, Census records of England and Wales, and Wills and other probate documents (pre and post 1858), Scrapbooking for family historians and Census records of Scotland, Ireland and Overseas.

Earlier workshops examined online research with family history websites, specific record types, with census records, parish registers, school records and military records, and that very important matter of Writing up your family history.

Given the gathering importance of DNA testing in family history research, in addition to the DNA discussion group, the society has run workshops on  Working with DNA test results and Autosomal DNA too.   

Places on courses and workshops are limited and must be booked and paid for in advance, with refreshments included in the cost.

Details of workshops and courses and how to book a place


The Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire RG1 3BQ.

Phone: 0118 950 9553


The venue is fully accessible for wheelchair users. It has a lift and disabled toilets. Disabled parking places are generally available directly in front of the library (maximum stay four hours).

Getting here

Download the 'How to find us' leaflet 


Free parking is available for those attending workshops and courses held during the evening and on Saturdays. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.


These will vary — please see the specific event for details

Other information

Where a computer is required, you may bring your own laptop or tablet, but you are welcome to use a society PC (numbers available are finite though).

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Page reviewed and revised 3rd June 2019

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