Benefits of membership

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MEMBERS' AREA Once you have registered, access some invaluable Berkshire data not online elsewhere, interactive maps, surname lists by publication, the best gazetteer on Berkshire and more...

CONTENT NOT ONLINE ANYWHERE ELSE Much of the Members' Area content data is unavailable online anywhere else...

MEMBERS' HANDBOOK Work continues on a new and extensively revised online version. This will be published online as a PDF in the Members' Area next year. In the meantime, you should find most areas are covered in the useful content on this website.

REPORTS of PAST MEETINGS and EVENTS in the Members' Area

DISCUSSION LIST New members are encouraged to sign up to the List! It can be very useful if you live out of county — or out of country. Seek advice or ask a question on any topic (not just on things related to Berkshire). Everyone benefits from the (very considerable) collective expertise of fellow members — worldwide. The society is on social media too, like Twitter and Facebook.

MONTHLY BRANCH MEETINGS held in Abingdon, Bracknell, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Woodley — six opportunities a month to learn more about effective research practices and techniques, and to keep up to date on family history news. Out of county members can catch up too, by reading online meeting summaries in the Members' Area.

THE CHANCE TO MEET and TALK WITH OTHER RESEARCHERS whose family history interests range across the UK and, often, worldwide.

BORROW BOOKS on local and family history from branch libraries 

QUARTERLY MAGAZINE  Now at Volume 42, the award-winning Berkshire Family Historian, is your quarterly A4 magazine (40 pages, sometimes more)  packed with news, reviews and features, and a publications list. Read over 130 earlier issues in the Members' Area.

SHARED INFORMATION Share pedigree charts and SURNAME interests

SHOP at The Centre for Heritage and Family History (when open) or Shop online - for latest versions of CDs like Berkshire Baptisms, Berkshire Marriages, Berkshire Burials, Berkshire Overseers' papers, Berkshire Maps, Berkshire War Memorials, Berkshire and the War and the Berkshire Probate Index plus parish register CDs and monumental inscriptions - and maps, books and local and family history publications — nearly 800 lines in all. Savings are available to society members who purchase society publications, and on their personal bookings for events.

RESEARCH SERVICES like Berkshire Name Search — a look up service (fee payable) — more details

PROJECTS Your chance to join with others in society project work — on site, at Berkshire Record Office, in your own home — wherever in the world you may live. It's your chance to give something back to family history — for researchers of tomorrow.

MIs project website

Recording monumental inscriptions at Wokingham All Saints

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