Research in Berkshire: Local Information

This section holds useful information if you are researching ancestors linked with the pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire.


  • How to get started

    How the society can help you to start researching your family history

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  • About Berkshire

    Information about Berkshire that researchers need to know

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  • Berkshire Places

    The place may be a town, such as Abingdon or Reading, with several parishes, a village with a single parish, or it may be the parish itself.

    If you know the name of the parish church you may be able to go to it directly under the Berkshire Churches listing below.

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  • Berkshire Churches

    This includes Church of England parish churches and other places of worship, such as Methodist and Baptist churches

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  • Berkshire Cemeteries

    Municipal (non-denominational) cemeteries in Berkshire

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  • Berkshire Record Office

    The pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire's historic records, including those of places in North Berkshire and the Vale of the White Horse, are held at the Berkshire Record Office in Reading.

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  • Berkshire Libraries

    These are the main libraries in Berkshire that can help your family history research.

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  • Berkshire Museums

    Family historians with Berkshire interests will find these museums useful

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  • Berkshire Register Offices

    Register Offices in Berkshire

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  • Berkshire Newspapers

    Today, old newspapers are among the most important resources for family history research.

    With the availability of The British Newspaper Archive, many are searchable and accessible online. The BNA can be used by everyone, free of charge, at the Research Centre in Reading.  

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  • Berkshire Parish Register Publications

    The society's CD publications, Berkshire Baptisms, Berkshire Marriages and Berkshire Burials cover the parishes of pre-1974 Berkshire.

    Transcriptions of registers for individual parishes are also published as CDs in some cases. Some of the society's transcriptions can be searched online on Findmypast

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  • Images of War Memorials

    In 2018, the society published the Second Edition CD of Berkshire War Memorials, with transcriptions of almost 880 memorials, covering many conflicts, and listing the names of over 30,000 people. Some 55 per cent of the memorials have colour photographs and the datasets are extensively bookmarked and readily searchable.

    A sample of the images is available below, for more information see the publication Berkshire War Memorials available from the shop.

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  • Berkshire and the (First World) War

    Berkshire and the War

    and an Index to names in photographs

    The society has published a fully searchable CD containing images from all 39 parts of Berkshire and the War, first produced in 1923 by the Reading Standard.

    Extensively indexed, this new CD contains nearly 12,000 names, over 700 civilian organisations and a new section on the organisation of the Army and its many regiments during the First World War.

    This CD represents a substantial advance on the superseded five CD set mentioned below.

    Berkshire and the War' contains 1,500 individually named photographs of Berkshire men fighting at that time, many of them serving in regiments other than the Royal Berkshire Regiment. Berkshire men in the Royal Flying Corps and the Guards Regiments feature too.

    Sections include Patriotic Families, Brothers in Arms, and many Battalion photographs. There are many illustrations of Reading during the war years and of its patriotic activities in support of the war effort.

    There are eye witness reports of actions involving the Royal Berkshire Regiment, the Territorials and the Berkshire Yeomanry.

    Bill Boyall compiled an index of some 9,000 names in the photographs. Click on the links for lists of surnames and initials, and to discover whether there are persons of interest to you in the photographs.

    The photographs were first published as a five CD set (now superseded). See the Military and Maritime section of our Shop for the details of the new CD publication that has replaced it.

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  • Berkshire Poor Law

    The society has published a calendarised listing of the surviving pre-1834 records of the Overseers of the Poor for Berkshire as a CD.

    The Members' Area of this website holds an overview, selected records, and 12 interactive parish maps of the post-1834 Berkshire Poor Law Unions.

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