The webmaster has overall responsibility for the society's web sites and email accounts. Experience of WordPress is highly desirable, but the capability and willingness to learn is more important. A more complete list of current responsibilities follows:

  • Monitor domain registrations with hosting provider and registrars and register new domains, if required.
  • Maintain email forwards and mailboxes and advise people on their appropriate use.
  • Work with IT development team and others to specify requirements for web site updates and upgrades, and be responsible for their implementation.
  • Assist others to maintain forums and social media and liaise with their custodians.
  • Respond to queries addressed to ‘Webmaster’
  • Liaise with hosting provider(s), currently
  • Work with Berkshire Family History Enterprises Ltd and the IT manager to maintain the web shop and the interface with the stock control database and label printer.
  • Liaise with webmaster regarding and related domains, the website and its contents.

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IT Support

To support the IT activities of the society, but excluding direct involvement with project work.

The Centre for Heritage and Family History

A Windows network comprising several Windows 10 PCs used by the public attached to a Windows 2016 essentials server, with two networked printers and one hosted printer. Also one Windows XP machine (for older software) and one Windows 7 PC machine (for CD duplication tasks) connected to the network but not connected to the Internet.

Activities include:

  • Resolving day-to-day problems.
  • Liaise with Research Zone committee providing instructions for start up and shut down of computers and equipment to enforce agreed policies.
  • Maintaining desktop for guest accounts, ensuring a clean desk on sign-in.
  • Enforcing security policy, including the separation of Shop computer from the remainder of the network, and ensuring that members’ (and customers’) contact details are not available on publicly available logins.
  • Assisting with the annual Enterprises PCI/DSS SAQ (Payment Card Industries Data Security Standards Self-Assessment Questionnaire), reviewing and maintaining the security policy and ensuring that it is implemented.
  • Ensuring that Internet Security and anti-virus programs are in place and current, and that full scans are performed on a regular basis.
  • Ensure Windows and other security updates take place without undue delay.
  • Assist in the provision of the centre’s reference library catalogue.
  • Work with the webmaster and team to provide web server applications that assist in the centre’s activities, including the assistants’ roster, library catalogue and event bookings.
  • Liaise with our broadband and phone provider regarding provision of broadband and telephone connections. Investigate alternatives when appropriate. Liaise with others to ensure that IP address changes are forwarded to subscription providers in good time.

Also help is requested to implement processes to access data on copied CD-ROMs, principally in the form of PDF files. Currently this is done using a hierarchy of web pages with links to the appropriate files. Ideally this would be incorporated within the library catalogue system and add useful web links.

Branch and Events laptops and projectors

Each of the six branches and the events team require access to a Windows laptop PC, WXGA or HD data projector (or better) and, for events, a printer and a second 19 inch monitor.
Ensure presenters laptops for external events, events at CHFH, , and branches exist with full PowerPoint on at least one and other aids to presentations. Provide instructions.

BerksFHS Books

Ensure that the customer details and other information on the Enterprise's computers in the Centre office are maintained securely and backed up off site.

Longer term

Work with the IT Development group, Centre and Research Zone committees within their terms to help the society to achieve its aims and objectives.

Calling all family historians

Would you be prepared to share your expertise and knowledge with others
The Centre for Heritage and Family History?

Read more: Calling all family historians

Help wanted for the shop

Ever thought of running a family history shop?

The Society Shop has an opportunity for a keen volunteer to become an assistant manager, to work with current directors in the running of all aspects of the Shop and in providing fresh ideas to develop our services to suit the future needs of family historians. You don’t need specific previous experience – just an enquiring mind, organised approach, attention to detail and a willingness to learn new tricks. In the longer term, the assistant manager may be asked to cover occasional manager absence.

The Shop is located in The Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd floor, Reading Central Library.

Currently, the shop stocks books, CDs and some maps. It manages online and mail orders, order payments and maintains a computerised stock control and management database. It also supports society branch libraries and provides stock for family history shows. The Shop also deals with customer enquiries and concerns, and gives input into Society product pricing decisions. The publications and Bookends reviews pages of the Berkshire Family Historian are prepared by the Shop, and the Shop team also undertake some reviews themselves.


Then contact the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We look forward to hearing from you!

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