Joining the society

 page updated 1st June 2019

Join now for membership to 30th June 2020

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Berkshire Family History Society — is for family historians like you.

Not every member has Berkshire ancestors, although some of us do. Indeed, some members have no Berkshire ancestors. But this is a society that aims to help all family historians — those who live in or close to Berkshire, as well as those anywhere in the world with specific ancestral links with the Royal County.

Whether you are a relative newcomer to family history or a truly seasoned researcher, you will be warmly welcomed by the society's volunteers and members. You will find plenty happening and much good advice at hand when you join a family history society like this one.

  • Join todayif you are a family historian living in Reading, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Newbury,Windsor or Wokingham...

  • Join today if you are a family historian who lives elsewhere in the Royal County of Berkshire, or close to it...

  • Join todayif you are researching Berkshire ancestors —  wherever in the world you may live

  • Join today — to enjoy all the benefits of membership year to 30th June 2020 (Membership years run from 1st July to 30th June). You receive copies of the Berkshire Family Historian — the society's quarterly magazine — during that time too

  • Around half of society members live in the Royal County. Four in 10 live elsewhere across the UK. One member in 10 is overseas, mostly in Australia, the USA, Canada and New Zealand.

Audience Website

Start your research and keep up to date with the ever-changing world of family history research by joining Berkshire Family History Society

JOIN NOW — for membership to 30th JUNE 2020 

Less than 5p a day — for a single membership

About 6p a day — for two family members at one address

If you are a UK taxpayer —make a Gift Aid declaration — it helps the charity — at no extra cost to you


Membership to 30th June 2020

Membership fees




UK Young person (18-25)



UK Single member



UK Family members
(that's two named people at one address)



Overseas member



Institutional member



All the benefits of membership


How to join Berkshire Family History Society

you can join online


you can join at a meeting

you can join at The Centre for Heritage and Family History in Reading

you can join at an outreach event

you can even join ... by post

Download (or collect) your Application form


The form opens in a new window. Print it, complete it in full, and return it to the Membership Secretary.

Reflecting changes in data protection rules in 2018, the society needs you to let it know how you wish to be kept up to date on society products, services, news and developments. Membership and renewal forms offer one way for you to give your consents. An email with your contact preferences (whether for email, for phone or by post) to the membership secretary is another.

Membership and renewal forms include a Gift Aid declaration section for UK taxpayers too. The society is a charity — run entirely by unpaid volunteers — and your membership payment counts as a donation. The next page explains why Gift Aid is important to the society.

All UK taxpayers are eligible to make a declaration.


Gift Aid increases the value of your membership payment... but at no added cost to you

If you pay UK Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax, please complete your Gift Aid Declaration when joining the society.

Are you eligible?

YES - if you expect to pay an amount of UK Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to or exceeds the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year.

Should you pay less UK Income Tax/Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on the total of your donations in any tax year, it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

Berkshire Family History Society is able to reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that you gave in the last four years and will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that you give now and in the future. Your Gift Aid declaration can apply to past, present and future membership payments and donations - they are all potential qualifying payments.

Higher Rate taxpayers If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and wish to receive additional tax relief due to you, include all Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.

Why is it important?

Berkshire Family History Society encourages every member and supporter to Gift Aid payments if they are eligible to do so. It makes a very real difference to the work that the society can do — and to the range of products, services and events that it can provide.

Download your Gift Aid Declaration form here


 page reviewed and updated 1st June 2019


Every year around 1,500 people
benefit from society membership

...almost all of us have research interests
outside the Royal County, and

some of us even have Berkshire ancestors

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