Berkshire Family Historian
The Berkshire Family Historian has been published every quarter for more than 40 years. Every member receives their own copy. Copyright deposit institutions, libraries and institutions around the world receive copies too.
The Berkshire Family Historian is published in A4, and each issue now comprises 36 pages (and a four-page Publications List), printed throughout in two colours.
What will you find inside?
NEWS Family history news, what's happening in the society and details of future meetings, speakers and events
BRANCHES and RECORD OFFICE Each of the six branches provides news of future activities and the Berkshire Record Office has a news feature too.
DEVELOPMENTS IN FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH Regular articles help to kep you up to date — from the latest news on DNA testing and its place in family history research to websites that can open up new avenues of discovery.
FEATURE ARTICLES These include research accounts from members, 'how to' articles, local Berkshire History and reports on specialist archives and collections of interest to family historians and genealogists.
BOOK AND PRODUCT REVIEWS Latest additions to the Shop are regularly reviewed in the magazine. There's the Publications List too.
LETTERS, QUERIES and PHOTOGRAPHS from members
LATEST NEWS FROM YEOMANRY HOUSE
MEMBERS' SURNAME INTERESTS
The editor welcomes all contributions to the magazine. Prospective contributors should first read Notes for contributors
A copy of each magazine can be viewed online in the Members' Area of this website soon after publication. Previous issues can also be found there. A keyword search will also identify articles from earlier magazines in many cases. Be aware that these archived copies may contain information that has since been updated or superseded.
Non-members may view this sample issue (opens as a PDF in a new window)
Features from past issues
If you wish to contact an individual mentioned in an issue, please contact the editor first. Opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editor or the views of the society.
All articles contained in the Berkshire Family Historian are the copyright of the contributors, and of the trustees of Berkshire Family History Society, on behalf of the society, unless otherwise stated. Articles may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means without first obtaining the written permission of the copyright-holders.
Why didn’t great-grandad fight in the First World War by Brian Dray
Returning to Kintbury roots by Grace Gillions
Abingdon and the First World War by Bob Frampton
Setting up home in the austerity years Part II by Tony Hadland
A virtual guide to Berkshire
Don’t believe all you read by Neville Lee
Face value by John Gurnett
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We will remember them
Getting a war memorial project off the ground by Phil Wood
From hansom cabs to tanks by Jane Joslin
Setting up home in the austerity years Part I by Tony Hadland
The war dead of Newbury Grammar School by Judith Thomas
Scottish secrets by Grace Gillions
And the band played on... by Penny Stokes
The Seymour family of Poughley Rivers Part II by Tim Seymour
Reasons to be truthful: lies, damned lies and certificates by Penny Stokes
Parson’s piece: the Rev John Sloper (1797 - 1877) of West Woodhay
Hannah Mary Grace Starr (1885 - 1966) by John Starr
Thomas Pibworth (1830 - 1874) and the Independent Order of Good Templars by Jane Barrett
Livelihoods on the line at H & P by Keith Jerrome
Heraldry: some common (but wrong) beliefs by Tim Powys-Lybbe
page last reviewed and revised 1st February 2017