For family historians living in Berkshire and those with Berkshire ancestors

updated Sunday, 13th January 2019

Family history in 2019...

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Gift Memberships are still available - buy online or in person at The Centre for Heritage and Family History.

What's coming up at The Centre?

January - March highlights:

  • Enjoy five afternoon talks that take 'Transport' as their broad theme. Book now for the next one on Thursday, 24th January
  • Understand old handwriting — book now for a 3-session course starting on Saturday, 19th January
  • Learn from workshops — on Merchant Navy records, on Censuses and on Wills
  • See Reading in a new light on a Reading History walk

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Browse all events at The Centre

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The Centre for Heritage and Family History

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Opening times:

Monday: 11.00 to 16.00

Tuesday: 10.30 to 16.00 and 18.45 to 21.00

Saturday: 10.30 to 14.30

and the Last Thursday each month from 10.30 to 16.00

The Centre for Heritage and Family History, (2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire RG1 3BQ) is in the heart of Reading — easy to reach and fully equipped for talks, events, meetings, courses, workshops.

WHEREVER your ancestors came from, research your family history in The Centre's Research Zone — with computers for your research and volunteers on hand to help. About The Centre

FREE access to:

FINDMYPAST  Search Berkshire Burials now

THE 1939 REGISTER — Vital for 20th century research

THE GENEALOGIST data you may not find elsewhere  

BRITISH NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE — search 29.7 million newspaper pages from 1700 onwards  includes over 23,000 editions of seven Berkshire papers published from 1770 to 1958

ANCESTRYSearch the WORLDWIDE edition

Wherever your ancestors lived, the society can help you in your research in many ways. There's lots of helpful information on this website. This page can help you to start your Family History research

About the society

Branch meetings and local events

Find out what's happening at a Branch near you

Members' matters

NEW MEMBERS Have family anecdotes and stories made you determined to delve deeper into your family history? Find those ancestors — and JOIN THE SOCIETY


NEW in the Members' Area — key websites to help in finding Scottish ancestors 

Also in the Members' Area, the best of Irish websites

Register for the Members' Area

Follow  @BerkshireFHS   on TWITTER  and link up with Berkshire Genealogy on FACEBOOK

Other News and Resources

Copy certificates: price increase. The cost of buying a copy certificate from  the GRO rises from £9.25 to £11 on 16th February (PDF copies of register entries rise from £6 to £7. So buy any outstanding items you need in the next few weeks! Full details here

DNA testing See Debbie Kennett's guide in December's Who Do You Think You Are magazine

For more about DNA in family history, visit the ISOGG wiki

The National Archives New car parking charges start in January

New Archive Card from April  with 41 participating archives and record offices — registration begins soon. Watch for details.

Irish Genealogy News   Claire Santry's blog

The Great Irish Famine online access interactive maps with detailed information on the famine's impacts on 3,000 civil parishes and 1,600 towns across the island. More details

New York passenger arrivals 1820-1957 Ellis Island website

Reading Abbey explore the Abbey Ruins

NEW Publications for Berkshire and elsewhere

New CD Berkshire War Memorials, Second Edition See details 

Berkshire War Mem2 website

New CD Berkshire Monumental Inscriptions Volume 3 Buy now

Members enjoy useful discounts when buying society publications and booking for events. 

Berkshire Baptisms CD ◊  Content and coverage

Berkshire Marriages CD ◊  Places and dates

Berkshire Burials CD ◊  Content and coverage

Buy society publications (some for other counties too), at The Centre for Heritage and Family History or  visit the online Bookshop

Volunteers are vital to society success

With the society successfully established at The Centre for Heritage and Family History in Reading's Abbey Quarter, it is easier than ever to play a part in society events, activities and tasks.

Being a volunteer is fun, rewarding, and fulfilling, especially when helping someone to make a real breakthrough in their family history research. But there are many other roles too.

Share your skills and experience as a society volunteer —  Get in touch

updated Sunday, 13th January 2019

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