Tracing your ancestors

The Centre for Heritage and Family History

A team of volunteers manage The Centre for Heritage and Family History on the second floor of teh Central Library in Reading. The Centre is accessible by car (parking is FREE during the evening and at weekends), bus and train and opening times are posted on the website. Entry to the Centre is also FREE.

You can access online services like Findmypast, The Genealogist, The British Newspaper Archive and the worldwide version of  Ancestry at the Centre - which means that you can research almost any county or country in the world from this location. Access to these resources is FREE of charge. Many other datasets for Berkshire and surrounding counties are accessible on the computers at the Centre too.

The society has an extensive library of books, film and fiche records in its Reading premises. There is a well­-stocked bookshop too, where you can obtain all of the society's CDs and other publications, and family and local history books, like the Historical Atlas of Berkshire, 2nd Edition, published in December 2012.

So whether your interests lie in Abingdon, Buckinghamshire or Cambridge...

in Faringdon, Kingston Bagpuize or Lambourn...

London, Reading, Wantage or Wolverhampton...

or in Yattendon,Yorkshire or Ysceifiog...

not to mention America, Canada, Australia or New Zealand...

you will find plenty at the Centre to help you with your research.

 

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